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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 2 2011 9:20 p.m. MDT

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flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

Looking forward to seeing Winder and Harrison play. I'm hoping an Emery type player can be made out of someone, which will result in some sweet dunks by Davies. It will also be interesting to see if there are any major changes when Matt Carlino becomes eligible to play. Finally, I'm hoping to see some good post play by Collinsworth- which will give the Cougs a huge lift on the offensive glass.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

Assuming no injuries (which would require even more help from freshmen), one of the freshman bigs will need to be able to play 15 solid minutes and Harrison and Carlino are going to have to be able to play solid D1 basketball for the Cougs to be as good as Rose wants them to be. I believe they can.

BigRich
Orem, UT

Loved watching Jimmer, but I'm excited to see them playing as a team again. I'm not sure, but we should be big and solid underneath and quick on the outside.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

The two Freshman we'll see the most are Harrison and Calino (when he's eligiible). I wouldn't be surprised if Carlino is the starting PG within a few weeks of him becoming eligible. Zylstra needs to perform like he did in Greece, not like he did in the first exhibition, if he wants to hold onto the starting PG spot. Harrison will share time with Abouo and Rogers at the 2 and 3 spot. Winder and Sharp will get some time of the court.

After the exhibition, I don't expect to see much of the other Freshman except for "mop up" duty. I'm sure Austin and Harward will redshirt.

We certainly seem to have some talented Freshman this year with more in the pipeline - TJ Haws, Nick Emery, Jordan Chatman, Isaac Neilson. And a couple of RMs who will also make a huge impact in the coming years - Tyler Haws, Kyle Collinsworth.

The future is bright for BYU basketball.

HawaiianAggie
Roosevelt, Utah

Sorry, but you guys don't stand a chance in the Spectrum come 11-11-11. Utah State 74 UC San Diego 42! Utah State 85 Adams State 51! Utah State 67 BYU 59! Go Aggies!

blauch
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU will win 28+ games this year. And they will finish second to Gonzaga in the WCC. They will win a game in the NCAA tournament this year.

Their strength is going to be size. Which is crazy after last year they lost both Davies and Collinsworth and were left with Kyle Collinsworth playing center. A line up of Zylastra 6'6, Abouo6'5, Rogers 6'8, Davies 6'9 and Collinsworth 6'10 against Jimmer 6'2, Emery 6'3, Abouo 6'5 Collinsorth, 6'6 and Hartsock 6'8

But you have Hartsock, Davies, Collinsworth with experience. Then you have Austin and Howard. The Small Forward will also have size - Abouo 6'5, Zylstra 6'6, Sharp 6'7 and Rogers 6'8 all have size and can play.

The Guards are all very young. Harrison, Carlino, Winder are all freshmen. But considering Carlino (34th SG in the Nation), and Harrison (37th SG in the Nation) are the two highest guard recruits in the state ever.

The good news is that Zylastra and Abouo can play guard spot which gives the team more size.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

I'd like to see Zylstra work on his post-up game. If he's going to spend time at the PG spot, he'll have a size advantage over smaller PG's when teams play us M2M. I like the confidence he's playing with now, I saw it on a few occasions last year but not often enough. I hope he builds on it this year.

I think Collinsworth won't lead the team in any one area but will be a top 5 in everything. He'll have a full stat sheet and be the guy that always makes the extra pass leading to a clutch basket or gets the clutch rebound. He'll be the glue on the team.

I like Carlino's confidence on the floor, he didn't look like a very good outside shooter in the B/W game but I loved his aggression (led the team in rebounding).

I love Harrison's game and what Winder brings. Winder will be a solid backup and Harrison will be like CC and do a little bit of everything.

Hartsock is the ultimate garbage player (my favorite guys) and I think will have a fantastic season. He and Davis will be a formidable inside/outside tandem.

IndianaCoug
Bloomington, IN

RE: HawaiianAggie

"Utah State 74 UC San Diego 42! Utah State 85 Adams State 51! Utah State BYU 59!"

Thanks for the laugh. Blowout wins over UCSD and Adams State are great, but expected. I wouldn't get too excited (!!) about them just yet.

USU always fields great teams and BYU certainly has their work cut out for them (especially playing at the spectrum), but expect a close game. If one or two freshman can step up and Davies raises the level of his game we could have a really good 26

IndianaCoug
Bloomington, IN

RE: HawaiianAggie

"Utah State 74 UC San Diego 42! Utah State 85 Adams State 51! Utah State BYU 59!"

Thanks for the laugh. Blowout wins over UCSD and Adams State are great, but expected. I wouldn't get too excited (!!) about them just yet.

USU always fields great teams and BYU certainly has their work cut out for them (especially playing at the spectrum), but expect a close game. If one or two freshman can step up and Davies raises the level of his game we could have a really good 26-28 win season this year. Go cougs!

payara
OREM, UT

BYU will lose a few early on with new guards coming in. Just look at the teams with vetern guards, like a St Marys, and those will be the games BYU loses to. Later on in the year, BYU will be tough. Carlino will take some time to solidify the PG spot.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

(-cont)

Harward may log a lot of minutes off the bench when Davis or CC get into foul trouble but in the minutes he's played so far he hasn't done much more than eat up space. BYU has had bigs in the past who would play 20 mins and have a lot of zeros on their stat sheet. I'd like to see Ian play more aggressively.

Nate Austin looks like a more aggressive player and I think will be a good one off the bench and have some productive minutes. Same goes for Josh Sharp.

I love the confidence that Abouo and Rogers have and am excited for the roles they'll fill. I think every game you can count on those 2 along with Hartsock and Davies to be around 10-15 pts a game. We didn't have that last year from anyone other than Jimmer and the team suffered at times if Jimmer struggled because often nobody was there to pick up the slack. I think this year's team will be a lot tougher to defend because so many guys will be contributing.

It's the deepest and most top to bottom talented team I've ever seen at BYU.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

BigCourgar: don't get too excited. our talent will not be better than last year and I suspect neither will be the team. Jimmer and Jackson were too good. But we should be good and I think we'll be a lot better in February than in November, which should keep the Ag's happy.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@hawaiianaggie

So what does usus have this year that will make them so great? Definately playing in Logan is tough, I won't predict a BYU win up there, but what makes you think the aggies will be anything more than their standard good regular season post season flop because they finally play a good team away from Logan?

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