In the college game guard play is the single most important thing. I know
everyone wants BYU to sign more big men, and hopefully with their remaining
scholarship they do get one, but when BYU won games last year it was because the
guards played well, when they lost the guards usually did not play well. Glad to
see they got some guards they feel will contribute.
Will Mika play next year or is he going on a mission first?
U 90: Mika is playing his freshman year then leaving. Emery is going on a
mission first.BYU needs a replacement for Davies next year and by
all accounts Mika is an immediate impact player that could fill his shoes.
Getting these two guards is huge because BYU needs a lot more consistency behind
the arc, and a guard that can break down defenses, and these two fit the bill.
Also interesting that both liked BYUs philosophy and atmosphere while not being
lds. Good luck to them both.
I think it will be good to bolster the defensive presence that the guard line
needs to bring. Losing Abouo was a hard loss defensively. I think that see two
guys can give is a good chance next year.
Wow, the talent continues to roll in. BYU is poised to make some real noise
over the next 3-5 years as they continue to cement their basketball legacy.
It's amazing how much talent makes its way to the middle of nowhere to play
for coach Rose and the Cougs. It's a great time to be a cougar!
These appear to be gets to address specific needs as evidenced by last season.
Couple this with the others already signed, 2013 could be setting BYU up for a
I admittedly might be seeing things through blue-tinted glasses, but it seems
like kids with good values are gravitating to BYU more and more (for both
football and basketball), whether directly out of high school or transferring
from elsewhere. Someone like Jamaal Williams for instance--he was quite good
last year; I think he will terrorize opposing teams once the revamped offensive
line mindset pays dividends. This is a kid who BYU would not have gotten except
for the value system in place.
I'm nervous because as I see it Davies is a really tough player to replace.
And if Mika gets hurt (like Collinsworth, Harward, Rogers, etc.) or if Mika
doesn't immediately transfer his skills to the DI level, then BYU is in big
trouble next year and beyond. Nate Austin and Josh Sharp have shown flashes of
brilliance, but no consistency, and Ambrosio hasn't been able to step up
yet.Here's hoping that Coach Rose finds another good big man
with the one scholarship he has left.
RE: sls"if Mika doesn't immediately transfer his skills to
the DI level..."I wouldn't worry about that. I just
watched the West Coast All-Star Classic, where Mika was the MVP with 28 points
17 boards and 5 blocks. He was a man among boys, even though the other
competitors included players going to OSU, MSU, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA,
St. Mary's, and Arizona, among others. He was the most dominant player
I've seen in a HS game against elite talent since LeBron's
McDonald's All-America performance. Granted, I have no dillusions that Mika
is a LeBron-type talent, but he is definitely college ready. The future is
bright in Provo--go Cougs!
If you've watched Mika play, you won't worry about his skill level.
He's not just 6'10". He's athletic, runs the floor well, and
has a college-level body already. As for Emery, he's not going on a
mission. He's already gone. He graduated early and entered the MTC May 1.
That will help in two years when he returns. He'll have a half year to get
U90 - If I have read in past, Mika was going to leave on his mission after LP
but Dave Rose asked him to stick around for one year and then go on a mission.
Didn't say why but losing Brandon Davies may be the reason. Mika is ready
to play now.
This should fortify the guard line up - Carlino, Haws, Collinsworth will be
likely starters with Winder, Fischer and Bartley off the bench.This
must drive chris b crazy with another non-LDS player choosing BYU over his
beloved PAC.I feel very comfortable with Mika and Austin on the
front line. I'm just a little worried about depth up front. Although if
Sharp improves as much going into next year as he did from last year we should
be in good shape. Ambrosino needs to find a way to contribute, and if we
don't find a good, big JC player for the final scholorship; I bet we see
Kaufusi back on the hardwood.
Isn't Worthington supposed to be college ready too?
RE: Downtownchrisbrown"Isn't Worthington supposed to be
college ready too?" From what highlights I've seen he is
worthy of his 3 stars and many D1 offers, but he needs time to develop.
He's big (takes up a lot of space) and likes to bang in the paint... which
is what we need, but he isn't as athletic as most cougar ballers. I think
he's planning on four straight years so 2013-14 will be a good opportunity
to develop while Mika is here, and then he can step up once Mika goes on his
mission. Rose knows what he's doing, we're fortunate to have him
orchestrating all the comings and goings of top talent. Go Cougs!
Fisher will sit out this year under NCAA rules and then have one year with
Carlino. Winder is a senior this year and hopefully has fully recovered from his
high ankle sprain. He's my favorite player. Brings so much energy to the
floor for the Cougs.