BYU basketball report card: The future is now as Bartley and Mika lead the Cougars past the Aggies

Published: Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 12:22 a.m. MST

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Frank Bartley IV is establishing quite a reputation already in just his eighth college game. He was a strong contender for MVP of this game for BYU — playing particularly well during the stretch in the latter part of the game when the Cougars pulled away for the victory. Bartley was aggressive but smart, getting to the foul line eight times and finishing third on the team in rebounds while not turning the ball over or committing a foul.

Kyle Collinsworth had the best overall stat line of the game for BYU, finishing with 13 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks, seven points and just one turnover. He did make only 1-of-4 free throws, however, and that is becoming a trend and a story line to watch for Cougar fans. He needs to find a way to improve in that area if BYU wants to compete for a conference championship this season.

Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino were about average in the game, combining to shoot 13-of-30 with just six rebounds and five assists. Scarcely used reserve guard Skyler Halford provided an excellent spark off the bench for BYU in his most impressive performance to date as a Cougar.

Grade: B
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Salt Lake City, UT

I love the idea of sportswriters grading basketball coaches. Hilarious….

Did they teach basketball in English class?

Frisco, TX

Best game of the season for the Cougs. I knew Mika and Collinsworth would have an impact, but I had no idea they would have this much impact. Carlino is better than last year, and Haws will compete for player of the year in the WCC. This team is much better than last year's team.

And Bartley is a bonus. I thought he would be just another good Freshman coming in, but he has made quite an impact in 8 short games, and has a bright future. At only 6'3", he can actually play the 4 spot, even though he's more natural at the 2 or 3.

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