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Published: Monday, May 13 2013 6:45 p.m. MDT

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Duckhunter
Highland, UT

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.

U 90
Corona, CA

Will Mika play next year or is he going on a mission first?

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

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.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

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!

WON84
PLANO, TX

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 good run.

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

sls
Columbia, MO

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.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

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!

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT

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 in shape.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

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.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

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.

Downtownchrisbrown
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Isn't Worthington supposed to be college ready too?

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

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!

BYUHOCKEY
American Fork, UT

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.

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