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Published: Monday, Feb. 4 2013 6:45 p.m. MST

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Down under
Pullman, WA

Very deserving.

oldcougar
Orem, UT

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.

Whatsnu
Sandy, UT

oldcougar

You'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.

LindonMan
Lindon, UT

Carlino keeps improving. Silence the critics Matty!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

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!

WisCoug
MOUNT HOREB, WI

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.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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 list.

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