Getting to know the 2012-2013 BYU Cougars basketball team

Published: Friday, Oct. 26 2012 9:36 a.m. MDT

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Position: Guard

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 175

Class: Freshman

The latest Ainge to wear Cougar blue, Cooper is the son of legendary Celtics guard Danny Ainge and younger brother of former Y. starter Austin. Cooper averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts.

Cooper is young and well behind Matt Carlino and Craig Cusick on the point-guard depth chart, not to mention combo guards Anson Winder and Raul Delgado. So he won't see the floor much, if at all. But if he's anything like the rest of his family, he'll be learning fast.
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Idaho Falls, ID

Pretty guard-heavy roster. I think Brandon Davies is going to feel quite lonely in the paint......


The article uses tersm like 'his share' and 'larger role' in a few instances. Do we have any idea who will make up the starting lineup? The slideshow suggests Davies, Haws, Zylstra, and Carlino, but fails to assert whether or not the team will play small, saving Austin from foul trouble, or start Austin and lean on Harward and Ambrosino should he or Davies get in to foul trouble.

Assuming Ambrosino is a capable defender and rebounder, I think I would lean toward Carlino, Zyzltra, Haws, AMbrosino, and Davies with Austin as the first guy off the bench (either subbing for Ambrosino or shifting Haws to 2 and Ambrosino to 3 when needing a bigger lineup). Next guys up would be Delgado and Winder. This leaves Cusick, Sharp, and Rose as the last guys up (in that order), filling in only when absolutely needed or in 'garbage' time.

Layton Shumway

Good points, WisCoug. We don't really know yet who the starters will be, so your guess is as good as mine.

My initial inclination is that Austin would start with Davies, along with Carlino, Zylstra and Haws. Those are the five returning players with the most experience that fit the starting positions.

But this year's roster is pretty versatile, and Ambrosino or Delgado could easily slide in wherever needed. I've just seen less film on them, so I admit I don't know for sure, and Coach Rose hasn't said yet.

I think no matter who starts, you're looking at a rotation of Carlino, Davies, Haws, Zylstra, Austin, Ambrosino, Delgado, Winder and Cusick, with Harward playing emergency big-man minutes. We'll have to see how the roles shake out from there.

Frisco, TX

@idablu - "Pretty guard-heavy roster."

What? Are you kidding me?

Front Court - Davies 6-9, Austin 6-11, Ambrosino 6-8, Harward 6-11, Sharp 6-7
Wing - Haws 6-6, Zylstra 6-6

Idaho Falls, ID

@Coug FaninTx

Yeah. The only ones who can truly play the 4 or 5 spot are Davies, Austin, and Harward. And of those guys you list on the front court, who will start? Maybe only Davies. I don't know much about Ambrosino and am unimpressed with Sharp to play anything. The rest, I really see as 1's and 2's, including Zylstra and Haws. I think Carlino has a ton of potential. I hope he has a breakout year with a year of experience under his belt.

My first love is football, but I am so disappointed in the team this year I am really looking forward to seeing how the B-Ball team fares. Excited about the game tonight!

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