(-cont)My big concern at guard is Brick Zylchstra. He played 40
minutes in the scrimmage (the only player to do so) and I don't understand
why Rose gives him so many minutes. He did it last year also and it wasn't
until late in the conference season that he started to realize Zylchstra was
hurting the team on defense and doing Zylch for them on offense as well so he
started reducing his minutes and giving them to Winder, Harrison, etc.You go back to last year and you can almost guarantee that the bigger the game
the more he disappeared. He'd play 30+ minutes and as the shooting guard
take 4-5 shots and miss most of them. It would be okay if he was a defensive
whiz but he was like a Totem Pole on the perimeter.My fear is that
the mancrush Rose seems to have with Zylchstra is like the mancrush Bronco has
with Riley Nelson and valuable minutes will go to waste on an unproductive
player who disappears in big games. in the scrimmage he shot 2-7 from 3 and 4-14
overall. Oh well, at least he was aggressive.
I enjoyed watching the Cougar Tip-off and was very impressed at how smooth,
consistent and confident Haws looked on the floor. That was the one key missing
ingredient from the guard line last season and really accentuated the problem
our guards had last season.Delgado seemed to get stronger and more
comfortable in his role as the game progressed. He's also physically very
strong and would help in guarding a player like Matthew Dellavedova who ate up
our guards last year.Carlino showed some growth and improvement from
last season but as the game progressed he seemed to get worse and could often be
found driving into a triple team and coughing up the ball or forcing a bad
pass/shot. If he could learn to pull up at 6-7 ft and hit a floater in the lane
instead of driving smack straight into a big man sandwich he would be
dangerous.I liked what I saw with Calvert but he just needs to learn
to let the game come to him.As for the rest of the guards, Cusick is
Cusick, blue collar and dependable and Ainge and Rose are young and will
I am STOKED about the upcoming season. I think Haws' impact will be large,
and look forward to watching. I've purchased tickets for the NCAA Regional
at ESA and would LOVE to see the Cougars make the tournament and draw
SLC...gonna be a fun year!
CougfantxWhen was the last time 3 players from byu averaged 60 ppg.
In fact when was the last time that ever happens at the d-1 level
Didn't see any mention of Nate Austin or Brock Zylstra in the article, but
saw a couple of photos of them...I assume neither was outstanding.This year's team should be good if Davies, Haws and Carlino carry the
scoring load. Both Davies and Haws shoot a high percentage almost every night,
which should help carry the team through Carlino's streaky shooting.
I'd love to see Carlino drive to the hoop more and spend more time at the
line. Augustino and Delgado should also be fun to watch...Not sure this team as
a whole is enough to overtake Gonzaga and St. Mary's in WCC play, but we
should have a better inside-outside game compared to last year, which was so
dependent on Hartsock and Davies down low.
@CougFaninTX, it was reported in yesterday's paper that Roger's bball
career is over. The knee just isn't healing and continues to run into
problems with it. Bad news! I always enjoyed watching Rogers, and felt he
would have been a big player for BYU.
If Davies stays healthy, this team will be even better than last years team.
The stars of the show will be Davies, Haws and Carlino. I wouldn't be
surprised if the three of them average 60 points a game.Davies,
Austin, and Agustin will provide a strong front court; with some good relief
minutes by Sharp and Ian. I'd never seen Ian play before last night. The
kid looks solid.Haws will get most of the minutes on the wing, but
I'm still wishing Harrison was still on the team to fill in the gaps. Does
Rogers have any hope of filling in, or is his BB career done?Carlino
looks much improved over last year. He had some great games last year, and a
few duds. Consistency will be the key.Even though I think Delgado
could contribute in year 1, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be more
advantageous to redshirt him. He looks like he plays a similar game to Cusick.
Let Cusick get the minutes backing up the 1 and 2 this year, and Delgado will
slide right in next year with two years to play.