Just think of all the amazing players that have won the WCC player of the week
award. I'll bet your average basketball fan would know like 3 names on that
I will ditto some of what Whatsnu said. The Carlino of last year was out of
control most of the time. This year, he is distributing the ball better, forcing
his own offense less, and generally playing better on both sides of the
court.The one knock, and it is the same one that I have for Haws and
Davies, are these 'heat-check' offensive series. Multiple times
against Santa Clara BYU came up with nothing because one of their big-time
players put up an ugly shot (most often from much too far away from the basket).
If they can reign that in a little, this team will have a legitimate chance
against SMC and Gonzaga in both their regular season matchups and their
(potential) tournie matchups.Congrats to Carlino. Very deserving.
Please remember oldcougar that Carlino is a Sophomore. He is finally playing
like I thought he would, averaging about 15 points and 5 assists in conference
play. His non-conference games weren't great, but I'm impressed with
his play since WCC play began. As you say, he may cost us some games. But
I'm willing to bet that he will help us win a lot more games than he will
cost us. There are only two or three point guards in the PAC, WCC or MWC that I
would pick ahead of him.Quite frankly, I get pretty excited thinking
about how good Haws, Carlino, Sharp, Winder and Austin will be by their Senior
seasons. They are good now and will get even better the next two seasons. They
are a pretty impressive Sophomore class!
Carlino keeps improving. Silence the critics Matty!
oldcougarYou're being way too picky and judgmental of Carlino.
Matt has been a lot better this season at trying to be the distributor, but BYU
can't rely on Davies and Haws to do all of the scoring.Without
Carlino's "lucky" 3 at the end of the Pepperdine game, BYU loses
that game. Does he play out of control at times? - yes. Does he sometimes put up
wild shots? - yes. Does he sometimes make foolish mistakes? - yes. Is he
significantly different from Davies or Haws in any of those things? - NO!Despite his obvious flaws, however, Carlino has been the spark plug that
has lead BYU to wins rather than losses in several games this season. Matt is
the only BYU player who has scored in double-figures in every game since
conference play began.
I wish I were convinced. This kid still tries constantly to play over his head.
Let him make a great play (which he is occasionally able to do) and the wheels
come off his "team" game: He starts trying to take over the game, ending
up in the air in the key with no options but a poor shot or a lousy pass. Or he
takes ridiculous threes (like the one that luckily went in the hoop at the end
of this game). If he would just play point guard and get the ball to his
scorers, taking the open shot when it comes to him, he could be a terrific asset
to the team. As he plays now, he is too often a liability. He will have an
occasional good game, but will cost us some games too (as he already has),
unless he learns to play teamm ball. Davies and Haws are the scorers. Carlino
should be the distributor.