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Published: Thursday, May 23 2013 9:30 a.m. MDT

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SportsFan
Orem, UT

Unfortunately, Delgado and Ambrosino were given a chance, but never contributed much while they were on the court. In the long run, this is addition by subtraction for the BYU basketball program.

Good luck to Raul and Agustin wherever your future pursuits lead you.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

Sort of odd that all these people are leaving the program. Did Delgado and Ambrosino just not fit in at BYU, or were they unhappy about the lack of playing time? We need to pick up some big men. Fast.

rph
Arlington, VA

Yeah, not a big deal. These guys did not contribute and probably wouldn't have next year. Just hope that we can use this spot for good.

gamer
PROVO, UT

Augustin Left becauwe he failed a class and was academically ineligble at BYU.

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

The worst thing about situations similar to these is that because it is BYU people are always going to be wondering what the students did. Are they honor code violations? Academic? Etc.. I obviously don't know the details myself of this particular situation but I feel bad for any student athlete that chooses to leave BYU for personal reasons and not for violations that are targeted by unknowing outsiders as having done something morally, legally, or ethically wrong.

AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO

So where does thi leave BYU. I think in the guard rotation they will be fine but there is a lack of depth at PF and C. Who is available that can contribute there?

Tators
Hyrum, UT

Some people are trying to make this a bigger deal than it really is and trying to complicate more than they should. It's something that happens regularly in all major sports programs.

JV players will come in to a bigger program with the hope of making a splash and hopefully starting. When that doesn't happen within a year, they sometimes decide they would rather go back to a smaller program where they can have more playing time again.

It's not rocket science. It's happened before, is happening now, and will happen again in the future. No one should get too excited when it does. It's simply the eb and flo of how things work in the sports world.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

I've heard we're closing to signing Jamal Aytes a 6'6" 225 lb PF from the state of California. He'll be a freshman so he probably won't contribute much but he has a reputation for being tough around the basket and good in the paint.

It's unfortunate that Auggie couldn't stick around. He has really good size and a unique skill set that I think would have eventually improved with more time in the system. Having a big guy who can shoot over the perimeter defense would present a matchup problem for other teams. I don't think he would've been anything more than a role player but having role players on a basketball team is a good thing. They give you options.

Best of luck to Auggie and Delgado and hope they do well where ever they end up.

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

Good luck guys. Things don't always work out, but you go with best wishes. Those who are looking for a scandal will be disappointed.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

gamer
PROVO, UT

I don't need to know that. I have no way of knowing if you know that. Therefore I choose not to know that.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I don't know why he Ambrosino left BYU and I don't need to know. Like some of the other posters, I thought he could develop into a big man who could stretch the defense, much like Stephen Rogers did. But it never came together for him.

I don't think he would've played more than a few minutes a game, but he did offer an option at the 3 or 4 position.

This makes me think that we're more likely to see Kaufusi back for another year. At the 4 and 5 positions, we have likely starters Mika and Austin, and back-ups Worthington and Sharp with Kaufusi as the unknown.

With Sharp's injuries, and Mika and Worthington's inexperience I'd feel a lot better with one more big on the roster.

But I'm very excited about Carlino, Collinsworth and Haws at the guard positions.

Go Utes!
Springville, UT

BYU only has 5 returning players?

Utah has 6. My whole world just kinda flipped upside down with this information. The U returning more players than they Y. Whoda thunk it.

J-TX
Allen, TX

@ Tators:

It's "ebb and flow", as in the movement of the tides.

Not "Eb and Flo", your Denny's waitresses.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

I was unhappy with these two recruits when they came in and doubted they would add much.

I am sorry that I was correct in my assessment -- but much more disappointed that I was correct. They are a huge red flag that BYU Basketball is struggling in recruiting JC or international talent.

St. Mary's and Gonzaga get it done. BYU used to have a ton of great foreign players come in who added a lot to the Cougars. C;mon Rose. BYU has needed more "bigs" with talent for years!

truebluecougar
Orem, Utah

Neither Delgado nor Ambrosino had a clue of how to play defense. When you aren't contributing to the offense, the writing was on the wall. The depth at the bigs is not impacted by the loss of Ambrosino since he was not a contributor all season long and probably would not be a factor in 2013/2014 had he stayed around. I wish both players success in the future and hope BYU can find a "stray" out there that can provide backup support and play defense.

Go Cougs!

COUGARNATE
Lyman, WY

Good he was not very good. Last years JC guys were not what they were billed to be, but Rose has gone out and recruited very well this year to make up for it. Shows how good of a coach he is. He went out and is trying to fix the problem.

trentster
TUSTIN, CA

The program is in trouble. I believe it is highly unlikely they will improve upon last year's record, which was just average--in BYU terms. Carlino is inconsistent and Haws is very good, that is it! Collinsworth will need time to adjust, and he is not Haws, so do not expect him have the year Haws had, coming off of mission. Mika could very well be the key to having a successful season. Too bad the best player in the program, aside from Haws, is on a mission in Germany. Going the J.C. route as often as coach has recently shows some desperation and his lack of being able to properly prepare for establishing a roster that can compete with the big schools, even the Gonzagas and St. Marys of the new conference as well as the NCAA upper echelon programs.

wwookie
Payson, UT

Addition by subtraction. Cougs goin deeper into ncaa this year than ever before. Best recruiting class except for duke and Kentucky. In two years, cougs will be light'in up tvs across the world as they win national championship!

Ford DeTreese
Provo, UT

wwookie:

Not in two years, but maybe in three or four, when they've got Mika, Emery, Tyler's little brother, Chatman, Hartsock, and Nixon back from missions and add in a few other good recruits. Then we'll see Rose's recruiting pay off.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

It is interesting that the BYU Basketball program appears to be going in circles with players leaving and new ones coming in. First, as one comment above outlines, it appears as though Ambrosino may have become a casualty of an academic issue. This is also a reflection on the B-ball program for not watching out for their players. While all programs go through times of transition, it seems as though the recruiting is only focused on the guard position. I also notice that most of the recruiting is local in nature. BYU needs big, athletic players and I just don't see this focus in their recruiting. They seem to be loosing their depth at these positions and not filling them. Take a look at the top NCAA teams from this last year and you see big, athletic players running the floor.

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