I would like to see the coach give Anson Winder a chance. he is the best
defender on the team in my humble opinion, but did not see enough playing time
at the end of the season. Got tired of seeing opposing team guards blowing by
Cusic and Zylstra.
I'm guardedly optimistic about BYU's future... I worry about Davies
absence because when he was not on the floor, our Offense often stalled... I
hope Mika and the kid from Wisconsin can fill the shoes... I don't look for
either Austin or Sharp to turn into back to the basket Offensive threats during
the off season... I believe Winder has the ability to contribute big time
(particularly on perimeter Defense)... He just needs some confidence...I have two questions though??? 1) Collinsworth, a Point Guard? After Davies
was suspended in his Sophomore season, Collinsworth moved from the #3 position
to the #4 position... He's a very good rebounder for his size
(6'6") But I think the #3 is his best spot... He is more of a
"slasher" than a "shooter" and marginal from the free throw
line... In fact if he were better at the line we would have been in the Final
Four two years ago...And 2) Are we going to be able to get Payton Dastrup out of
AZ in 2014? If so, If so, 2014 could very well be our first Final Four year.Anyone that can help bring Payton to Provo needs to step up.
"Mika will be better as a freshman than Davies was as a senior"Very possible, and that's not to say Davies wasn't a very good
player as a senior.
@dumprake "Mika will be better as a freshman than Davies was as a
senior" This analysis is based on what.... your dreams?
Loved the last paragraph of the column. I'm hopeful the attrition that
Coach Rose is referring to is Delgado, Ambrosino and Harward. They didn't
develop because I do not think that the talent is there. I've seen better
shooters in intramural games. Stan Watts would have loved Harward because of
his height, Stan said he liked tall guys, i.e. Orville Fisher, because they
looked good in the airport. Since the Cougs fly privately now, Harward is a non
DEW CougarsI'm not sure, but I think the WCC refs are also PAC
First and foremost we have learned over the past 2 seasons is that Rose is a
good coach but has a a lot yet to learn. He does a nice job for the most part
but is not able to develop players like a top notch coach. Why Cusick was
playing is beyond me and most of my associates who played college ball. Why
Ambrosino and Delgado were not developed was a mystery. Why his players for the
past two years went into shooting slumps as a team, not as individual players
(This tends to speak to overwork or an over pressurized atmosphere). He tends
to overwork his players and not be able to peak them physically at the end of
the season. Many are probably mentally and or physically spent. Dave is doing
a good job but he needs to step up in several areas. The question is who will
let Dave know what needs to be done?
Collinsworth will be a major upgrade to the back court. He is most effective
and interchangeable at the 1 and 3. Haws at the 2 or 3. And Carlino at the 1
or 2. I expect to see Carlino push the ball up the court, but once it settles
into half court offense, Kyle will take over.There is no way Mika is
better as a Freshman than Davies as a Senior. But I do expect him to be as good
or maybe a little better than Davies was as a Freshman. Austin and Sharp will
be improved. Worthington will play a significant role.Winder looked
better as a Freshman than this year. Maybe the injury slowed his progress.Ambrosino and Delgado didn't live up to the expectations.Who is the attrition that Rose is talking about?
Remember first and foremost this team is coached by great coach. We may have
above average players but they play at a higher level because they are
coached-up. Rose gets more from his team because he teaches team basletball.
He is one of those coaches that can beat you with his players or turn around and
coach your players and beat you with them.Carlino needs to protect
the basketball better, but overall his skills will win games. Haws will garner
respect from the referees and will start getting more calls. But the college
game has changed to a very physical game and Haws will need to adjust
accordingly. It is a shame that a 15-20 foot jump shot is a lost art in
today's game, but with the physical contact that is allowed on that shot
there is little or no reward for being a great mid-range shooter. It is either
3-point shots or dunks that seem to rule the game now.Dealing with
missions continues to be a challenge, but it is worth the challenge to get these
young men returning and being great men. Coaches will learn to deal with the
Collinsworth is an upgrade over Zylstra as a glue guy, but Collinsworth hardly
ever shot the ball as a freshman (other than finishing lay-ups or dunks).
Collinsworth is a quality piece but besides the fact that he'll need to get
over missionary legs he has a ways to go in upgrading his game before he comes a
@dumprake - you know everything? I trust Dave Rose and let him do the work with
his players.@Worf - thank you for bring that up on Mika vs Davies.
The one I hate was the wcc refs that hurt Davies and Haws. Davies was the mvp in
the Portsmouth Invitational last week and nba scouts were really impressed with
him. Why he did well at NIT and Portsmouth compared to wcc regular season and
conferance tourney really puzzeling. I know what Dave Rose said last month when
he said WCC is just right for BYU which was none of my buisness of his thought
and I am okay with that. I am looking foward to this 2013 - 2014 season and
years to come along with those newcomers - not just LP guys.
To mnsave: Isaac Neilson returns from the mission field late Dec 2013 or early
dumprake:Better then Davies as a senior? Explain. That would be
Don't forget how good Kyle Collinsworth is. He may have as great of a
return as Haws did. This is going to be a very good team.
Be awesome for a while in the future.
Why don't I ever read anything about Isaac Nielson? He is a big manThat I thought is finishing his mission.
Cougar basketball seems to be impacted far more than football by the
interruption of Missionary Service, as well as injuries...as there are fewer
players to fill in the gaps...Coach Rose is all the more esteemed because his
degree of difficulty is greater than other Coaches consistently have to deal
with. Would love to see the bsktbll team make NCAA elite Final Four, seems such
success would be all the sweeter for the lack of it over the years. Some year
it's going to happen, Lone Peak HS has perhaps shown what we have hoped for
BYU over the years...why not this year?
I do feel that experience at winning in a post season tournament will build
confidence needed to succeed at critical moments. Also, has it
occurred to anyone that two players- Rogers and Collinsworth may have been
treated by the same doctor? Skill at the surgeon position is needed to make a
good sports team. Whomever treated these two needs to be put on the pine.
Two kids in for knees and now their career was over. Not good.
Matt Carlino has a ton of talent, he just needs to be a consistent player, night
in night out. I'm not sure Winder can ever contribute much, he just
doesn't have a lot of talent. Sharp? it remains to be seen, I think he too
is only a mediocre player, I hope he becomes much better, but he hasn't
shown me much. Mika will be better as a freshman than Davies was as a senior. I
believe the 2013-14 team will be better than this year; Haws is back, Carlino is
back, Mika is coming in--and Davies and Zylstra are gone.