We have never had this much big guy talent. Don't forget about Hartsock,
Shaw, and Nielsen along with the others already mentioned. Last year and this
year have to be our two best consecutive recruiting classes - ever. If we can
pick up Dastrup, the Cougs have to be considered a Top 10 team in 3 or 4 years
for a couple of years.Go Cougs!
SoCalTrueBlue2--he'll play one year than head on to a mission.
@ Ernest T"Where can I get my "Final Four by 14" bumper
sticker?"Not sure, the utes have flooded the state with such a
surplus of unsellable Pac12 stuff that it's going to take a while for space
to clear on shelves for other stuff.
BYU owns the state of Utah when it comes to basketball recruiting. On occasion a
few high profile in-state recruits (Chapman and Loveridge to Utah. Tai Wesley to
USU) will choose a different school, but BYU beats them all. Koodos to Dave Rose
and his staff for convincing these kids that BYU is where you want to be for
I noticed that the BYU haters are quiet today. I think they wanted this kid and
he rejected Utah. BYU will continue to dominated in basketball not only in the
state but in the west. They will give Gonzaga some stiff competition this year.
Lightening Lad,You make a great observation about the future or Cougar
basketball. This team looks to be a major powerhouse for a few years to come
and it will only get better. By far, and hands down the BEST team in the state
and maybe the west.
I get a little worried when I hear about a 6'10" kid liking the three.
We currently have a player that fits that description, yet his post game is
nothing close to what it needs to be to truly help the team. I want the
"bigs" to use their height advantage for which they were recruited; the
reason the guards are normally the ones who shoot the three well is because they
*don't* have the advantage of being particularly tall. I'm all for
learning to extend shooting range once the big guy has an amazing repertoire of
post moves, but, given that the only schools recruiting this young man are local
ones (BSU is close enough to be lumped there), I have a feeling his post game
can use some work.
BYU hoops has loads of talent in the pipeline for the next 5 years. Don't
forget we have Jordan Chatman coming back next year and he was only the top
player in the state of Washington last year. I hope all these guys stay
committed and jell together. It could be something special.
Lightening Lad - Andrus is a nice pick up, very skilled big. Let's not get
ahead of ourselves in saying the best big unit in the country. BYU's class
is great for mid-major, but wouldn't stand up to Duke, UNC, Kansas,
Kentucky or MSU any class - especially big men. Kentucky pulled 6
McDonald's All-Americans this year -- 6! I really don't like them, but
they got the #1 Center and #1 PF in the class.
It's good to see a lot of Utah's best staying in Utah. I don't
know if I'd dub these guys as the best big unit in the country.
That's a bit premature. Lots of good bigs that end up in the NBA, and not
many of them coming out of Utah. BYU fans tend to get a bit hyped up, such as
claiming a football national championship this year, simply because KVN came
back. Lightening Lad, what are you doing posting at 3:32 a.m.? Go to bed.
Dave Rose is assembling some serious hoops talent. It's going to be
exciting watching it all come together in the next few years.Welcome
to CougarNation Ryan!
Where can I get my "Final Four by 14" bumper sticker?
Think Mika at PF, Andrus at C and maybe the 4-Star Dastrup (sp?) out of Mesa, AZ
as part of a three-post. Maybe the best big unit in the country, with two- 4
Stars, one 3-4 Star, key on them and the roof falls in on you from outside via
Haws and Emerry. Final 4?
Great news for everyone if you look at the whole picture. There was a time when
every top Utah kid had either UCLA or Stanford even Duke in their headlights. If
offered they were gone only to be seen if the NCAA tourney came to town. It
seems now that the very same type kids, mostly LDS then just as now, are looking
first at BYU, then if for some reason they see a difficult fit, they move up the
hill to Utah. I would love to see Utah State dominate recruiting in Montana and
Idaho, as well as picking up the rural Utah kids that don't head off to the
larger schools. They really face zero competition having any tradition, in both
northernly states, Boise has been terrible far longer than even Utah, the
Montana schools playing in the 'Sky have not the exposure as they would in
the MWC. Viva La Raza
Big Time! Welcome to BYU! Two athletic bigs down low with Mika and now Andrus.
Oh man, flat out awesome!Go Cougars!
Great recruiting win for BYU. Pretty sure his recruiting would've picked up
quite a bit this coming year had he not committed early. So for those who only
see the four offers and think this wasn't a big deal, not true. Andrus
could be a good one.Congrats on the scholarship and good luck to this
young man... but go Utes!
so is he 6'10" or 6'8"?
Like to see a true Center recruited, who could defend well in the post & be
a rebounder with some muscle.
Really glad to see all of the highly recruited player stay instate. As a Ute fan
I think most of us saw this coming after yesterdays news of Mr. Chapman
committing to the U. Looks like we'll enjoy good basketball in the state of
Utah for a long time to come. Congrats to the young fella for choosing a school
that fits him best and where he will get an excellent education.
Great news, we love Ryan and are very glad he chose BYU.
Great kid with a great upside. Needs some more muscle, but that will come.
Looks like another good get for the cougars.
Does anyone know this kids dads name? I think I served a mission with him
I am thrilled that such a fine young man would pick BYU to play basketball. He
has certainly picked a fine program and the best coach for him. Congratulations,
Ryan! Have a great season next year! Go Cougars!
Article does not mention when he will be a freshman at BYU--assuming fall of
2014? Would have been nice if the article provided this important detail.
Congratz to Byu on another great get. You will have a very good team in 2 or 3
years when you get all those Lone Peak kids back. Hope Utah can meet
you in the final four..how great would that be. Nothing is better for the state
then when all of the Utah schools do well.
LarcenyRural Hall, USA, NC"Is this really news?"Only if you are a fan of BYU.Well, I suppose if you are a
fan of Utah, Utah State or BSU,too. Just not good news.
Larceny"Is this really news?"Gotta luv the
constant jealousy of the kids on the hill, trying to look uninterested as BYU is
assembling one of the greatest basketball recruiting classes the state of Utah
has ever seen.
Welcome to the fold Ryan!
Yes!!! Especially for all the BYU haters that will soon be coming out to bash
this young man on his decision!!! Welcome to the fold!!!Go
Welcome to Cougarnation Ryan! You're a welcome addition to one of the most
talented classes to ever suit up for BYU.
I am Ute fan and could not be happier the best talent is staying in state at
Utah, BYU and Utah State. Good luck to this kid and hopefully all three teams
can get into the NCAA's at the same time in the next few years.
Is this really news?