BYU basketball: Nick Emery and TJ Haws commit to Cougars


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  • VariedHue Logan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    Charles Abuo went to Logan High school for 3 years so he is kind a, sort of, from Utah.

  • VariedHue Logan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Can you have an empty crowd?

  • Zed Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    utahcountyute said,

    So you have another Randy and Robbie Reid?

    Who are the best BB players that have ever come out of Utah County?

    Travis Hansen, Emery? Good role players at best. I don't see the reason for the hype.

    Umm, how about Devin Durrant? Conference player of the year, All-American. Provo High grad.

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    To Natester:

    we'll never know if Brandon Davies would have put the cougars over the top or not in that sweet 16 game. Just like we'll never know about a lot of other what if's. we could argue that the other players such as Hartsock would have never played above their abilities if Davies had been there. All speculation.

    The bottom line is byu has never had the overall athleticism, size and skill to go any further than they have. Utah has rarely had it either. All of the final four teams and eventual NCAA champions of the past 40 years Have atleast that mix of players that I mentioned in my earlier posts.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    So you have another Randy and Robbie Reid?

    Who are the best BB players that have ever come out of Utah County?

    Travis Hansen, Emery? Good role players at best. I don't see the reason for the hype.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    To the REAL DEAL:

    Not sure what reasoning you are using when you claim that it would be unrealistic to see BYU in the Elite 8 this past year, if they would have had Davies?? Without him, they got beat, in O.T., by the team that won it all! Was BYU one point better with Davies?? Uumm, YEP.

    That said, I agree with what you are saying about needing big men to go further. BYU's hope is that with top-notch players beginning to commit to BYU (see Collinsworth / Emery)they may begin to attract the bigger, taller, longer players there, as well. Hard to not respect the program that Rose has built, and it doesn't appear to be de-railing anytime soon. You are right, though - they DO need the bigs to take the next step.

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    ted cantrell

    byu has had some very good big guys over the years for sure. However none of them have done what Utahs bigs have done in the NCAA tournament. Winning and money can never take precedence over byu's honor code. That's the law at byu.Assuming byu would have made it to the elite 8 with Brandon Davies this past season is unrealistic. He's good. Not great.

    You are right about Utah having a great basketball history. It is in fact all history now. But as byu proved in football by overcoming the terrible Crowten era and in basketball by overcoming the terrible end to the Reid era Utah can overcome the past few years of bad basketball.I have no reason to believe they wont.

    My main point was you're never going to go far in the NCAA tournament with a bunch of 6"0-6"5 white players from Happy Valley unless you have Great bigs and very good complimentary players that aren't all white. Ainge and Jimmer were twice in 30 year abberations for byu. The sweet 16 was their ceiling.

  • Unbiased Viewpoint Draper, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    These kids can play and they are going to win a lot of games. Having been associated with highschool sports for my entire life in multiple states I can say that this is no small victory for BYU. Basketball in the state of Utah is at a pinnacle right now and these boys along with Loveridge are what is making it so great. It is without question that BYU wanted Loveridge, but if they had to trade Loveridge for Emery it would be done in a heartbeat. This doesn't take anything away from Jordan, but more speaks to the talent of Nick. Haws is largely viewed as a better player than his brother who had an immediate impact on BYU as a freshman. This is even more impressive when you consider that his team won 30 games so to contribute as a freshman is a big deal. In my opinion the best of all of them is Kyle Collinsworth. He is long, atheletic and a fierce competitor.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 4:11 p.m.


    Have you ever traveled to Air Force to watch the cadets play in front of almost 6,000 fans? When was the last time you were at a filled high school gym watching an exciting game with less than 2,000 fans, but the place was rocking? I would take exciting basketball in a jam-packed full arena (being broadcast by ESPN all over the country) over sitting in a half-full Huntsman Center crowd watching a bad basketball game ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

    Jabari came to BYU because he is actually interested in the basketball program. Not just because his mom is Mormon. Again, my question to you is why is he not visiting the Utah program? I'm with "CougFanin TX"....I just don't get the shots a few of you are taking at the Cougs basketball program right now. I actually do hope the Utes make it back in basketball soon, because these comments are getting REDiculous!

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    @Uteology "I never said 2,000 seat is quite, what I said was a empty HC red seats will make "more noise"; assuming that Coach K brings winning back to the program."

    I think I can state fairly positively that 8000 EMPTY Hunstman Center chairs are definitely NOT going to make as much noise as 2000 filled chairs.

    Unless you're referring to the sound of silence...then you may have a point :)

    Just throwing that out there.

    As for Jabari, I was mostly being facetious with my comment, but the fact that BYU is right up there with the 'big' time programs in his commitment is pretty impressive, regardless of the fact that he's LDS.

    U fans says that an LDS athlete can get the same experience at the U as at BYU, and yet Jabari's not even considering the U (or Utah's not recruiting him, which also seems absurd, since they're in the mighty PAC 12 right now).

    Either way, it's pretty cool he's considering the Cougs.

    Go Cougars!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 30, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    First - Your argument that BYU only gets Utah kids is weak. We get the best of the Utah kids, but more than 50% of our roster is from out of state.

    Stephen Rogers, Noah Hartsock, Brock Zylstra, Matt Carlino, Damarcus Harrison, Charles Abouo, Anson Winder

    By the way, which Utah players would U not want on your roster?

    Second - I don't understand your shots at BYUs basketball program. I get the banter back and forth with football, because the teams have been pretty even for awhile. But if I was a U basketball fan and watched my team get whipped by the bottom team in the WCC, I don't think I'd be taking any shots at the WCC. I'd keep my head low and hope for better days ahead.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Aug. 30, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    @Veracity | 3:06 p.m. Aug. 30, 2011

    One can also argue...

    If BYU's tradition holds true, BYU will find another Ainge/Jimmer in 30 years to lead them to their next Sweet 16... sorry, that's just the way it is.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Aug. 30, 2011 3:28 p.m.


    I never said 2,000 seat is quite, what I said was a empty HC red seats will make "more noise"; assuming that Coach K brings winning back to the program. I am willing to bet 2,0000 fans make less noise than 8,0000 fans (HC avg last year) on winning or losing programs.

    Actually, the fact that Jabari Parker made a trip to Provo is not amazing considering he's a devout Mormon and his mom is a BYU alum.

    What would be amazing is players like Shabazz Muhammad from LV making a trip to BYU or USU or even Utah.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Chris B


    One of these is an amazing athlete. Two are decent ball players. There is a difference.

    If Utah tradition holds true, Loveridge will transfers from Utah between his freshman and sophmore year...sorry, thats just the way it is.

  • KSDBN Murray, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    Chris B.- You have never seen any of these 3 play...stop spoutin' off until you know what you are talking about.

  • Starfarer Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 30, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Chris b

    Why do you have to bring race into it?


    We get that you have "bias" toward "Athletes."

    BYU is too white, too religious, and too successful for your narrow mind.

  • ted cantrell OREM, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    Real Deal

    BYU has a couple of good bigs. In fact if winning and money were more important that principle, they would have made it at least to the Elite 8 with Brandon Davies! They might have won it all.

    Yes, Utah HAS a great basket ball history, but that is all history. If last year looked grim, this year may be worse (provided that the Pac 10 plus 2 is better than the Mountain, which is questionable in basketball).

  • ted cantrell OREM, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    This is great! Now all we need is Jabari Parker (2013 Class) BYU could run for the NCAA Championship with these young men added to what we now have!

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    byu's two best years were whenever that was in 1980 and last year. Both sweet 16 years. Their two best players ever were Danny Ainge 6"4 and Jimmer Fredette 6"1 from those two years.Both of them were guards and both of them are white.To go to the sweet 16 or better more than twice in your schools history you need great white players who are also very tall on a consistent basis. Here's how Utah has done it many times in that same 30 year span.Josh Grant 6"9 (sweet 16), Keith Vanhorn 6"10 (sweet 16,elite 8), Michael Doleac 7"0(sweet 16, elite 8, final 4)Andrew Bogut 7"0 (sweet 16. Then mix in a whole lot of medium sized black and white players who can really play.byu can recruit as many small to medium sized white players from Lone Peak and Provo high they want. Those type of players will never get them to a final 4. They will only keep them competitive.

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 2:22 p.m.


    Maybe he comes to BYU. Maybe he doesn't. I don't think anyone is planning on it.

    You sure are spending a lot of time researching a recruit that the U isn't even in the running for.


    More fans in the HC than in WCC arenas means the collective groan of Ute fans in the HC as the U continues to lose to San Deigo, SW Baptist et al will be making more noise than the collective groan of fans in WCC arenas sitting through BYU beating their respective teams.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 2:21 p.m.


    Here are the actual capacities for the WCC gymns.

    Basketball Arena Size

    BYU: 22,700
    Gonzaga: 6,000
    San Francisco: 5,300
    San Diego: 5,100
    Portland: 4,852
    Santa Clara: 4,500
    Loyola marymount: 4,156
    Saint Mary's: 3,500
    Pepperdine: 3,104

    Now Mr. Ute(myth)ology
    Where are these 2k seat High School gymns you continually speak of?

    In a court of law, all of your previous and future testimony would be dismissed, as you have been deemed to be an unreliable witness.

    Many of the Big East and Atlantic 10 schools have arenas this small as well, so what? Stanfords is 8k and Dukes is 9k.
    When Utah can fill the one thay have, then you can spout off.

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    it's a family game now :)

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:52 p.m.


    Say that one outloud and do it with a straight face.... "red seats even when empty make more noise than a 2,000 seat gymnasium." Are you serious? Not sure if you've been in a 2,000 seat filled gymnasium, but it's far from quiet. The Hunstman Center has been pretty quiet, lately....

    Also, Jabari Parker is wanted by every ligit school in the country. Kids like that don't come out West to BYU or Utah. The fact that he's even made a trip to Provo is amazing. Ask them - NOBODY in Provo believes his ticket has been punched for BYU. To be considering BYU at all is an honor to the institution and the program which continues to build. I didn't see Utah on his list....(and please save the "well, that's because we didn't recruit him" bit).

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    wait! this has to be wrong. no pac 10 plus 2? it can't be. something is amiss. chrissy b and wedgie, say it ain't so.....please.

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    Chris B

    I hardly ever comment on these posts, but sometimes I can't resist:

    I am willing to bet that Chris B has never even seen either of these boys play a single basketball game. I have watched ALL THREE play, and I've seen all of them play dozens of times.

    Loveridge is a very talented athlete and will do very well at Utah. Needs to work on his outside shooting for a D1 athlete, but I have no doubt that he will do very well. At 6' 5" (i know he's listed at 6'6"), but that won't dominate in the middle for a D1 athlete - too small.

    As for Emery and Haws - there are few ball players in this entire state better than these two. I have watched (and coached against) both of them for years. I can tell you that there are no better Juniors or Sophomores playin anywhere in this state! Period

    That's why they'll win 5A state championship again this year and probably the next. Emery is the closest thing I've seen to Jimmer - I expect great things from this kid.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    @Independence Is Bliss

    Red seats even when empty make more noise than a 2,000 seat gymnasium that you'll be playing in this year. Cross your fingers that the Big 12 calls.

    Here's a little something from Sports Illustrated about Jabari Parker:

    As Jabari's recruitment heats up, Sonny and Lola have made clear his college destination will be his decision. Contrary to some of the chatter making its way around the summer circuit, Parker is not automatically ticketed for BYU because he is Mormon (he has no plans to go on a mission while in college), nor is he certain to wind up at Washington because of Romar's relationship with Sonny. (Though Washington's cause will certainly not be hurt if Jabari's older brother, Chris, enrolls in the fall and joins Romar's team as a manager, which Chris is hoping to do).

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    Who knew this would be the outcome when Grandpa and Grandma left Germany to come to Utah. What a great move.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    Duckhunted your prognostication skills are amazing, absolutely something to chuckle about. Where are you comments about your Utes? They are sorely missing because there is nothing to say about the basketball team. I am looking forward to seeing how the Utes will get blitzed in the PAC-12.

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    @KRY "Jackson Emery is a prime example he was great his freshman year at BYU and had a hugh upside. Came back from his mission and didn't really excell."

    Not sure how you figure that statement to be correct. Jax played in 28 games his freshman year and started 6. He averaged 2.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, and .4 SPG.

    When he got back from his mission in '08-'09, he started every single game, averaging 7.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 1.5 SPG.

    His junior season, a year after his mission, was arguably his best, when he averaged 12.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 2.6 SPG while shooting career highs in FG% and 3FG%.

    Jackson not only got better after his missions, I'd say he definitely excelled!

    I expect the same from Tyler Haws, Nick Emery, and T.J. Haws.

    Go Cougars!

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    All I know is that the best football player in Utah high schools this year is committed to the Y. And the best basketball play in Utah high schools this year is committed to the Y.

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    Chris B:

    You are going to need all the athletes you can get.

    Not only so you don't have 5 losing seasons in 7 years,

    But so you can have enough to field a team.

    8 players transfer last year.

    3 coaches in 6 years.

    4 losing seasons in 6 years.

    As you like to say:

    What a team. What a program.

  • BYUCOLORADO Castle Rock, CO
    Aug. 30, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    Also, Haws and Emery were on the first team for their AAU tournament in Massachusetts this summer as underclassmen. They were competing against "athletic" players from all over the country. They just PERFORMED above the rest.

  • BYUCOLORADO Castle Rock, CO
    Aug. 30, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    RE: Chris B

    Also, Loveridge had offers from BYU, Utah and Hawaii and Santa Clara. Nick Emery has been contacted numerous times by KANSAS. Can you see the difference? Apparently Kansas just really likes people that are very good at basketball and worries about athleticism second. Also, there was another "unathletic" player at BYU that people said the same thing about. His name was Jimmer (he was good enough to only go by one name). Have you heard of him?

  • BYUCOLORADO Castle Rock, CO
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    RE: Chris B

    "One of these is an amazing athlete. Two are decent ball players. There is a difference."

    You are right, there is a difference. The "athletic" one is without a championship or a player of the year award. The other two have a championship and one has a player of the year award. And these champions are the heart of their team as a freshman and sophomore (last year) and are going to get MUCH BETTER. Meanwhile, Loveridge (while a great player) wasn't on a team that could actually win it. His team was outclassed by some younguns that can PLAY THE GAME VERY WELL.

    It seems as though you don't care at all about your credibility.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    Ahhh, Chris B. It took you a while to join in! To separate Loveridge from Haws and Emery is just plain silly. All three are amazing athletes and great ball players. If you wish to continue the comaparisons, why not compare who has won a State Championship? I'm happy for Loveridge - he has a heckuva task in front of him - one that I'm sure he's enthused about. But Haws and Emery have been in an elite class of winners for their entire lives. Technically, they have more accompishments to their names, and are younger. Let's just be honest and say all three are wonderful ball players and will improve their respective teams.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    To answer previous question about whether Haws and Emery are guards or if they are still growing.... Emery has played some point, but is a strong enough slasher to play the 2. Haws is definately still growing and is also a strong slasher. While not playing point guard (others in the program are there) he has ball-handling and court awareness to play point, 2, or 3. Both will keep getting stronger (heck, they are State Champs at 15 and 16 yrs. of age!). While on the same court they push the ball down the court so hard, other high school teams can't keep up. They are an unbeatable duo in high school....can't wait to see them together as Cougars. WATCH OUT. Above all, they both come from great families and are wonderful young men.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    BYU fan here, but committing whilst you are a sophomore and junior? Would it be any surprise though that TJ would NOT go to BYU? I see that Jimmer is engaged. BYU should lock up his yet to be born boys commit to them now dontcha think? I know that you often see recruiters attending jr high games but it is getting a bit ridiculous.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:10 a.m.


    One of these is an amazing athlete. Two are decent ball players. There is a difference.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Did Jimmer average that in High School? Impressive scoring for players that young. Go Cougs!

  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    I agree with FinUte 100%, this down-time for Utah basketball is just a blip on the radar, just like that 1-25 season that caused Roger Reid his job.

    Luckily, their resurgence won't come at the cost of BYU's roster. Now a member of the PAC-12, they are going to get many of their players from the existing PAC footprint. Many families living in difficult situations and neighborhoods will push their kids to play in Salt Lake's safer environment. Utah will be "packed" with non-LDS, high quality coast players while BYU will have the pick of the in-state litter.

    It's a win-win for both schools, one that makes the secular school even more secular and the Mormon school even more Mormon.

    And that will make the rivalry even more dark and raucous. And that's a great thing.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    KRY said: "Watch when Tyler Haws comes back he will not reach his full potiential. Jackson Emery is a prime example he was great his freshman year at BYU and had a hugh upside. Came back from his mission and didn't really excell (excel)."

    I think that if KRY were to ask Coach Rose or Jimmer Fredette whether Jackson Emery excelled, you would hear that he did. He was a fabulous role player, and without him BYU would not have been the great team they were. Being anti-mission reveals that you care more for the honors of men than you do for the balanced development of the young man.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 30, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    A few Ute responses demonstrate envy and jealousy over Haws/Jackson commit. Some utes know the recruiting battle is on and are gracious.

    Stay tuned...

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    These two young men have not only set the course of BYU basketball for the coming years, but also made a statement about their own personal lives. Congratulations to you both and to the Cougars.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Marty Haws has done a great job raising TJ and Tyler to be humble, excellent kids, as well as awesome athletes. I'm no BYU fan but I'll be cheering for TJ to do well.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    Congrats byu but this really isn't much of a surprise to anyone is it? Lone Peak high school should compete pretty well in the WCC.

  • Anthracite Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    Lone Peak=BYU JV team

  • FinUte Cedar Park, TX
    Aug. 30, 2011 8:54 a.m.


    I couldn't disagree more about your stance on missions. And yes, I'm a diehard, lifelong Ute fan.

    Agree that the mission may not increase their athleticism, etc. But, the maturity gained will help both on and off the court.

    I'm pretty sure that Alex Jensen met his full potential after serving his mission, and we all know what his leadership did for that '98 squad.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Aug. 30, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    Wow! Pretty big commitment to offer scholarships to a current Junior and Sophomore in high school! And both boys are on the smaller size, not big frame guys. The article lists schools showing interest in Emery, but what about Haws-- as a 10th grader? I understand another former Y player that simply went by his first name was also small of stature by basketball standards. I certainly hope things work out for both of them. Go Cougs!

  • KRY South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    No surprise to anyone these two boys were going to BYU. Perfect fit for their games. Both of these kids are the best players in their age group in the state of Utah. They have been the best since 3rd grade.

    It mentioned in the Article they will both go on missions. In my mind this is why they went to BYU. Most other schools beside Utah schools don't allow kids to go on missions and miss 2yrs of basketball. I am a full believer kids do not come back from a mission better at basketball and they never reach their full potiential.

    Watch when Tyler Haws comes back he will not reach his full potiential. Jackson Emery is a prime example he was great his freshman year at BYU and had a hugh upside. Came back from his mission and didn't really excell.

    Think Jimmer, no mission, improved every year, number 10 pick. I think Emery has a chance to be a poor mans Jimmer but this is only if he doesn't go on a mission.

  • FinUte Cedar Park, TX
    Aug. 30, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    Congrats to both these young men. A college education is a phenomenal thing, and shouldn't be taken for granted.

    In truth, I don't think that anyone really doubted where they would go, given where they live and the BYU influence in their respective families. Nevertheless, a loss for Utah for sure.

    That being said, I certainly hope that BYU fans aren't counting on Utah being down for long. Case in point: when BYU went 1-25, I kept telling my overly-exuberant Ute buddies that BYU would be back and to not get too overconfident. I see that same weakness now in the BYU fan base, and feel like I need to give the same cautioning message to you now.

    Utah will be back. Loveridge is a start, and the progress will be slow and steady, but certainly noticeable. Again, Utah will be back.

    Like it or not, it is in all our own best interests if both schools are successful. Here's hoping that is the case, (and that Utah wins more than we lose against our "former" rival) :)

  • Monty1 South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    Awesome. Looking forward to watching Emery and Haws at the Marriott Center.

    Now let's go get Jabari.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 30, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    BYU lands two huge, big time recruits. Suddenly Loveridge is re-thinking his decision. Big time basketball is showing up in Provo.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    With their names, was there ever a doubt? These kids drank the blue koolaid aid in their bottles. They will do well with their school of choice.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 30, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    Closest player on BYU's roster to Loveridge is K. Collinsworth. Loveridge has a better outside shot. Collinsworth is much more versatile and has the ability to play the 1 - 4 spots. Collinsworth is a better defender. It's hard to make comparisons, but Collinsworth is probably the closest.

  • T.S.Zarathrustra Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    O my goodness, what a relief. The suspense was killing me.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Aug. 30, 2011 4:34 a.m.


    As a die-hard Cougar hoops fan, I am so pleased.

    Thanks to these young men -- and to their parents for rearing them well!

    Both players have great upsides!

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    nice commits boys you will go undefeated in the WCC!!! It's really too hard to step up to the next level....but u boy's will be awesome at BYU!!!

  • Independence Is Bliss San Jose, CA
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Emery on one of the reasons he chose BYU: "You never play before an empty crowd at BYU, and I love that,"

    Is that a dig on Utah? I think so.

    Prediction: Loveridge will soon understand all too well that red seats don't make much noise and he will commit to BYU. He's probably already rethinking his decision now.

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    they don't compare Loveridge will be an NBA player...the other two will be all conference wcc players!!

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    Farid @ Pocatello | 10:48 p.m. Aug. 29, 2011
    Pocatello, ID
    I am in Idaho and don't know anything about the Loveridge kid. Is he LDS? If yes, then that was a coup for Utah. If he wasn't, then it makes sense that he went to the U.

    Who would be a comparable player currently on the BYU roster, or is there one?

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Aug. 29, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    WCC should be shaking in their high tops now!!!

  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 29, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    I am in Idaho and don't know anything about the Loveridge kid. Is he LDS? If yes, then that was a coup for Utah. If he wasn't, then it makes sense that he went to the U.

    Who would be a comparable player currently on the BYU roster, or is there one?

  • BYUCOLORADO Castle Rock, CO
    Aug. 29, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    Also, think about this. In the past few weeks BYU has landed Haws, Emery and Hinds in football and lost out on only Jordan Loveridge. That is a GREAT recruiting haul. We lost out on Chase Hansen but Tanner Mangum's performance at Elite 11, and watching highlights of Taysom Hill (the most athletic QB I have ever seen in HS) make that loss perfectly acceptable. It is a great time to be a BYU Cougar right now. Cougar nation is going strong!

    If BYU gets invited into the BIG12 I think it will start to get even more lopsided. I am really glad that the Utes invitation to the PAC12 hasn't really done any damage in recruiting. I'll take our current haul any day!

  • BYUCOLORADO Castle Rock, CO
    Aug. 29, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    This is great news. Absolutely great players. When you watch their highlight videos you can tell they have been trained to play basketball since they were young by how they approach the game. Those are the kinds of players that win championships (as their track record in high school is proving). I love that they said "at BYU you never play in front of an empty crowd." That showed that people notice how little support Utah is giving their team right now in down years.

    If only Jordan Loveridge would have committed. My guess is that Coach K recruited him like mad to play there because he knew his win/loss record likely depended on it. Right now, even with Jordan Loveridge, the outlook is pretty bleak for the Utes in the next few years (hard to tell past that). Without Jordan Loveridge (and especially with him at BYU) the situation would have been HORRIBLE. I can understand Loveridge committing because he probably got recruited hard by K. I don't understand why he would want to be part of that rebuilding, but more power to him. To each his own.

    BYU is shaping up nicely for years to come!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 29, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    I thought they would both commit to BYU, but there's always that question mark in the back of your mind. I'd love to see Jordan Chatman commit to the Cougs also. He would complete the backcourt.

    Is Nick a point or shooting guard? Is TJ a point or shooting guard? They are young enough, is there a chance they will grow an inch or two? I'm sure both will serve missions, so it will be awhile before we see them in their prime.

    I've heard that Loveridge really wanted to come to BYU, but could see the log jam we already have at the wing with Rogers and Haws (next year), plus K. Collinsworth the year after, and Harrison who can play the 2 or 3.

    Now the focus turns to getting another big guy for the class of 2013 and / or 2014. I'm anxious to see Harward and Austin. Will they be another James Anderson type player or will one of them be that dominant center like Plaistad or Davies. Nielsen should be a good on when he makes it to campus in 2015.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 10:00 p.m.

    Great to hear! cant go wrong with another Haws and Emery.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    Now we can really donimate.

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Great news, both kids are ballers and are going to be dang good.

    Next up...Jabari Parker :)

    Go Cougars!

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    The last four Gatorade Players of the Year are or will be Cougars:

    Tyler Haws 07-08, 08-09
    Kyle Collinsworth 09-10
    Nick Emery 10-11

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Incredible news. Emery has Jimmer type abilities to score and if Haws is anything like his older brother this will be a great backcourt for years. What a huge get for BYU more than offsetting the disappointing Loveridge news. Good luck to Loveridge.

  • aficionado Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    Nick Emery > Loveridge. BYU basketball > Ute basketball. Now I'm just curious to see where the rest of Lone peak will go....like shumway and mika.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    This is awesome. We could have an all Lone Peak starting 5 in a few years - Tyler Haws, T.J. Haws, Nick Emery, Nate Austen and Josh Sharp. All great basketball players, all great young men. The Cougars future looks very bright!

    Aug. 29, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Good news for the Cougs!

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    The "recruit" that Utah took from the Cougars will get to play right away and won't have to really compete for a spot. While he is giving up many other things, he will play more minutes of basketball at Utah than at BYU. Congratulations to the Cougars for getting commits from these young men. Now let's hope there are a couple of others that might take BYU to the final four.

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:00 p.m.

    And boom goes the dynamite.

  • truebluecougar Orem, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Great news for Cougar round ball fans. However, Emery was a Soph. and Haws was a Freshman last year if my memory serves me right. Coach Rose is loading up with more talent that ever before. Keep up the good work and stay healthy.