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Published: Thursday, Dec. 15 2011 8:36 p.m. MST

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Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

Wow. I didn't know much about him before today, but reading about him made me gain a ton of respect for the guy. It looks like he'll be an awesome addition to the team. I look forward to seeing him play in a Cougar jersey!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I can't wait to see him play. Hopefully he'll be as good as advertised. But like always we'll just have to see.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

If the blue / white game was any indication, Carlino will be our starting PG for 3+ years. It may take him a few games to transition into the role, but I expect him to be the starter by mid January or maybe even the beginning of conference play.

He's still not Jimmer, so temper your expectations. But he looks like he has all the qualities of a great PG.

Both Cusick and Winder are playing well at PG though. I'd like to see Cusick push the ball a little more and pick up the tempo when he's in. I'd like to see Winder hit a few more outside shots (easier said than done). Winder pushes the ball well, drives to the basket and plays great defense, but opposing defenses are really able to sag off him and put more pressure on Noah and Brandon in the paint since Winder's not much of an outside threat.

Without Rogers; Abouo, Zylstra and Harrison need to pick it up on the offensive side. We need an extra 10 points from them to make up for Rogers absense.

Davies needs to stop shooting the 15+ footers and make his presence known in the paint.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

I am looking forward to seeing him play. If he is close to being as good as advertised, he should improve the team. Winder and Cusick have been playing well the last few games but BYU needs a little more consistency from the point position. I am excited about BYU basketball again this year. Next year could be even better.

Outsideview
Federal Way, WA

Well, given that this is BYU people should discount the "hype". It is always overblown.

Lets just see if Carlino will prove it on the floor.

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

I like seeing BYU's depth overall.
It's also good to not see any superstars on the team this year.
Often that translates into better and more consistent team play, even
if someone is having an off night.
Not saying I won't miss Jimmer lighting up the scoreboard though.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Terrible news about Rogers, hope it's not as serious as suspected, Rogers was a big part of this team and will be sorely missed.
Harrison should get more minutes because of Rogers misfortune, let's hope he can shoot with alittle more consistency.
Davies needs to take the ball to the rim, he is struggling with anything outside 5 ft from the hole.
Hopefully Carlino shows he can knock down the 3, our point guards need to keep teams honest by hitting their outside shots.
Without Rogers BYU will have a hard time beating Baylor but they can still do it, Abuo needs to have a big game.

Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

We're thrilled about this young fellow. He will do a terrific job!

IJ
Hyrum, Ut

I missed it - what happened with Rogers?

WON84
PLANO, TX

We need the negative take on the news - Where are mgr, Navel, and Pac Proud?

Hegdehog
Bountiful, UT

Carlino looked really aggressive in the Blue/White game. He didn't look to shoot a lot but finished with 6 pts 9 rebs and 5 assts with only 1 turnover. He was always pushing the ball and played at a very high tempo. I think he's going to be a great fit at PG.

Jenny83
OGDEN, UT

Hedge is on more Ute articles than BYU ones.

Jenny83
OGDEN, UT

Mad cow Hedge?

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Jenny83 | 4:21 p.m. Dec. 16, 2011
OGDEN, UT

This isn't the Ute's Hedgehog rather it is the Cougar's Hegdehog. He/she does this to create confusion.

Archer
Salt Lake City, Utah

I've an inkling that this guy will be better than Jim was. Go Cougzz!

Allen#2
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Best wishes for Matt. Why did a young man with his ability pay his own way last year instead of getting a scholarship?

Let's hope he is the next Jimmer (except when and if BYU plays Utah State).

brcougar
Woods Cross, UT

Why didn't Carlino consider playing for the utes? He must not know they're in the pac12. Ha. What a mistake Carlino. You could've come in last place annually. Your loss.

PerfectCougar
Payson, UTAH

I want to wish Rodgers all the best in recovering from his injury. He is a great player and made BYU a potential title winner the first year in the WCC. Mr Rodgers is instant offense and a work of art in motion. He will be missed.

shaybo
Richfield, UT

Carlino has all the tools to be great, just needs game experience, remember this kid was offered a scholarship by Indiana after his freshman HS year. After the way Winder has played I figured it would be hard to move him out as a starter, but after the Utah game, watching him being exploited because he couldn't hit 3's I think it's Carlino's to take.

Sloppyj30
Saint Louis, MO

Carlino does show some promise, but I'm always suspicious of guys that have a history of transfers. Sounds like he transferred in the middle of HS (possibly not his choice; I have no idea about the circumstances) and now has committed to three college programs (Indiana, UCLA and BYU) before even playing a game.

All of which may end up meaning nothing, but it does raise a red flag. I hope the guy is happy at the Y and becomes a star, but if things don't go smoothly for him this year or next, will he be looking around for another program?

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