BYU is thin at Point Guard. But until Carlino fell in BYU's Lap they must have
believed that Windser, Martineau and Zylstra will be good enough - at least
until Chatman and Emery joins the team. After watching the Greece
and Italy, BYU scrimmage and the Midwestern State game online here are my
opinions: Martineau - always have the deer in the head light looks -
He just never looks comfortable.Zylstra - Can bring the ball up, but
not sure about when teams press. He was in the Italian/Greece games a lot with
Harrison and either of them can bring the ball in and he can get to the rim (BYU
didn't have Davies so there was no post-presence). BYU was getting killed and
Zylstra had to take over and had to get to the rim and make things happen but I
am not sure if it natural for him. Doesn't have the Natural PG mentality, but
he can shoot lights out. Winder - good defensive player. Will be
needed to guard other teams PG. Can't shoot, but is comfortable with the
ball and can make plays for teammates. Carlino(based only on the
Scrimmage) - is a Stud.
For those wondering, YES, BYU is pretty thin at PG. Martineau and Cusick are
short and Martineau showed last year in limited minutes that he is not a D-I
starting PG. So, the team is in a pinch and Zylstra had a good summer, so he
gets a shot. Jay Drew wrote this about Winder after the first
practice of the year. "It was just one practice, but it doesn't appear that
coaches think he's the answer at point guard this year."I don't
know why we seem to be so down about USU. With Abouo, Rogers, Hartsock, and
Davies, I really feel like we are going to dominate their frontcourt offesnively
and defesnively. Harrison and Zylstra's inexperience may hurt us at guard, but
we can control the tempo with effective post/inside out play.Also
worth noting is that Harrison has shown he has a pretty good handle on the ball
if Zylstra can't handle being pressed while bringing up the ball. He played 19
minutes and attempted the second most shots on the team (meaning he had the ball
in his hands plenty) and had 0 turnovers.
I was hoping that Winder could play the point effectively. Winder had great
stats against Midwestern State offensively. USU will be a tough
game for the Cougars -- and they always have been. Nonetheless, I bet Zylstra
faces some fierce defensive pressure every single day in practice. I would
think that BYU would be smart to have Jackson Emery scrimmage against Zylstra a
time or two (if that option hasn't actually occurred already).Dave
Rose knows that Zylstra will need to be able to handle heavy defensive
on-the-ball pressure for him to survive in Logan. Friday's Dixie State game may
be instructive for the Cougars in seeing how Zylstra handles their pressure.
(If I were Jon Judkins, I know I would push Zylstra hard to see how he
responds.)I would like to know more about why Winder hasn't been
considered as a point guard option!
Brock:Just be Brock.The quickest way to failure is to
try to be Jimmer.Coach Rose believes you can do it.When
all is said and done, his voice is the only one that matters.BTW:OC Fan:The "One-Eyed-Pigeon" is one of President
Monson's favorite stories.
Is Zylstra really that bad? It really looked like he played pretty well in
Greece and it seems to me from a defensive standpoint BYU will be fine early on
against the likes of utah state (i'm an aggie fan) because Abouo can guard the
point and then put Zylstra on the less dynamic 2 guard. On offense however, if
he's as bad as you guys are saying, watch out because Pane is beast defensively
and might be wreaking absolute havic on BYU's guards.
Yes, what about Winder? Seems like he could play PG.
From what I have seen of Carlino, he is a cool customer.
I thought Anson Winder was a PG? What has happened to him.
@chubbuckidahocougfanit is a toss up between two young team of BYU
& USU. We don't have Jimmer and they don't have Wesley. BUT they do have
those crazy fans at the Spectrum. We will see. Anyway, good luck Brock for a
little bit. Carlino will give you some advise how to improve for now.
@chubbuckidahocougfan Aren't you supposed to be a fan. Think Positive! :)
Oh Man!!! Congrats Brock but I was looking forward to you playing on our ward
ball team this year.
I don't think Martineau ever is the answer even as a stop-gap. I know Cusick has
only played one exhibition game, but I liked his command of the ball and team
much better than Martineau showed all last year and the exhibition game last
week. Anxious to see how this progresses.
I wish I could see video of Zylstra in Greece. His stats were impressive.
However, judging his performance against Midwestern, he is not the PG to take us
to the promised land.
I have a feeling that Zylstra is going to impress until Carlino is available,
and then become a force off the bench offensively like Jonathan Taverani was in
his last season with the Cougars. But I've to say, I've never seen a
player go from being an end-of-the-bencher like Zylstra was last year to starter
the next year.
I hate to say it but Zylstra cannot dribble and cannot pass. He is an awful
point guard. The Cougars are in deep trouble until Carlino becomes eligible.
BYU must be pretty thin at point guard to be relying on Zylstra. I don't expect
BYU to beat USU in Logan. They never do. They couldn't even do it with Jimmer in
One-eyed pigeon: Curious moniker! Good comment, too.
He made me nervous in the first exhibition game bringing the ball up the court.
Defenses are going to come at him when they realize he's been a point guard all
of three months. He'll do ok and Martineau is serviceable too until Carlino