BYU basketball: ESPN says Cougars may be creating their own Fab Five

Published: Tuesday, June 5 2012 2:46 p.m. MDT

Lone Peak High School's T.J. Haws, left, and Nick Emery celebrate Lone Peak High School's win against Brighton High School in the Class 5A boysÕ basketball championship game at the Maverik Center in West Valley on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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Our take: While Jabari Parker has gotten all the recruiting attention, BYU and head coach Dave Rose have quietly been collecting a bunch of young talent, including three members of the 2012 5A state championship team from Lone Peak. ESPN basketball analyst Dave Telep examines the possibility of a Michigan-esque crew in Cougar blue:

Five very good players from two classes — 2013 and 2014 — could conceivably comprise a starting five that would be a load to deal with, no matter what conference the Cougars align themselves with.

So far, Rose has three of the five committed but the final two will prove to be the most difficult. Already committed is ESPN 100 PG Nick Emery (Lone Peak, Utah/Lone Peak), junior SG T.J. Haws (Lone Peak, Utah) and senior center Eric Mika (Lone Peak, Utah). The trio plays at the same high school and Haws and Emery watched their brothers play for the Cougars. They were legacy recruits so Rose knew he could lock them up, or at least felt good about his chances.

To complete the dream class — including ESPN 100 SF Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) and ESPN 60 PF Payton Dastrup (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) — Rose will need more than family ties.

Read more about BYU basketball's chance at a Fab Five on ESPN.com.

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