BYU, Utah and Utah State basketball: Previewing each team's incoming players for 2013-14 season

Published: Monday, Nov. 4 2013 11:45 a.m. MST

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Forward, 6-8, Freshman

Last school: Cherry Creek High School, Colorado

Among a guard-heavy roster, the freshman forward might just get his chance to shine for BYU this season. The Cougars need big men who can come off the bench and create a presence in the paint.

"That's probably the biggest challenge for young players in our program, is to convince themselves to learn the system and then become comfortable in it as quickly as possible — especially our big guys," Coach Dave Rose told the Deseret News last month. "We're going to need Luke and Eric and Graham and those guys to really pick this up quick so we can use them in game situations early."

Last season as a senior for Cherry Creek High School, Pingree averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
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Gone fishin
PAC Country, WA

No doubt that BYU won the recruiting war and are fully loaded to compete right away. I expect a 25 wins season and a deep run into the NCAA tourney. They look deep for several years and will only get better as their young players develop.

Utah has some good recruits but it will take several years for the team to mature and be competitive. I think we heard the same about the football team and that didn't pan out s maybe the basketball team can have better fortune. No NCAA this year and they will be improved but still in the middle of the pac.

USU will be about the same. I am glad to be Berger back and healthy.
Can't wait for this weekend to see how the teams do.


One player not mentioned for the Utes is Kyle Kuzma, who will redshirt this year due to a late decision to enroll in school and join the team rather than playing his final year of prep school eligibility. He's a 6'9" small forward that is VERY skilled with the ball and can play strong despite a slight frame. He'll no doubt make the team much better in practice, but watch out for him next year in competition!

West Jordan, UT

Utah has won the recruiting battle 2 of the last 3 years. in 2012 and 2014. the y had a good class in 2013. I think Utah has the better talent this year with Loveridge and wright. The y will never compete in the ncaa tourneyment with the style of play they run. Run and gun without much coaching will always loose to a better coached team with quality athletes.

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