A lot of people are talking up Sharp in these comments, but he did not do a good
job defending Hartsock and, despite playing 30 minutes and being the beneficiary
of playing opposite the double-team drawing Davies he managed only 8 points. At
6'7" 185 he is scrawny by D-I standards and looked stiff to me. I figure by the end of December we will see Carlino, Harrison, Abouo,
Hartsock, Davies as the first 5 with Winder, Rogers, and Collinsworth as the
first three off the bench. We are more likely (in my opinion) to see Austin and
Howard play than Sharp simply based on their size and ability to relieve Davies
defensively. If you assume that the team will be the most successful
using 8-9 guys instead of 10-11 then I would like to know who's playing time you
are giving to him.
I think how good this team ends up being will be determined by how good the
guard line turns out being. I liked Harrison, Rogers is a gunner and I'm OK with
that if he proves he can be consistent. Abuo needs to be consistent. At least
some basketball is getting started, I hope the cougs have a great season. Go
I wish they would have had Mikael Lloyd last year. He could have been the
difference in a final 4 apperance.I would like to know how the
coaching assignments/responsibilitys are done now with Coach Pope compared to
what Rice did.
It was hard to make any acessment of players based on this game, but generally
it looked like they were more into a half-court game than the up tempo game we
are used to...that will take some patience from Cougar fans to watch...Who will step up and be leaders on this team? Of course Hartsock and Davies,
but as things shake out, I wonder who the players will look to for the clutch
shot, how all of it will fall into place..Also wondered what kind of
D the Cougs will go with, how prepared they might be to face different offensive
play by other teams...go Cougs.
I don't know where to start . . .Hartsock and Abouo were as
impressive as expected.Davies looked a little rusty in the first
half, but I have no doubt he will be the leader in most categories. I expect
Hartsock, Abouo and Davies to average 50 points per game.Carlino and
Harrison are the new BYU backcourt. They are not Fredette and Emery, but they
look very good. It's hard to believe they are Freshman. I'm looking forward to
watching them the next four years. Winder and Zylstra will also get time on the
perimeter.Stephen Rogers will be a solid back-up for Hartsock and
Abouo.This was the first time I had seen Sharp play. He is much
better than I thought he would be. I can see him getting playing time as a
Freshman.Collinsworth looked winded at times, but I'm sure he'll
progress as the season progresses. His size will be invaluable on the frontline
against big teams like the Zags.Harward and Austin were both better
than expected. But I'm guessing both will redshirt. There is no
reason we shouldn't compete with the Zags for the WCC title, and see a 25+ win
season. Go Cougs!
I see another sweet 16 appearance around the corner. Hopefully, by then we'll
have locked up Parker, too.
And a new storybook era begins!
Good to see Davies and Collinsworth back in action on the hardwood. Can't help
but think that with their size last year we would have made the final four.