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Published: Monday, Oct. 14 2013 5:20 p.m. MDT

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Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

Dave Rose has put together the most talented squad to suit up for the Cougars for a long time. While I see this to be a building year, 20 plus wins and a tourney appearance is still attainable. The next 3-4 years are going to be really exciting. Go cougs!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

The guard line up seems stacked for the next six years. Incredible depth and the pipeline is full.

I'm a little concerned about the front court the next two years, but we should be solid after that. This years success will depend on the success of Mika. Austin, Sharp and Worthington look like solid players; but Mika is a player who has the potential to impact the game. There is no doubt that he will be a difference maker as an upper classman, but it's asking a lot of a Freshman. Even so, BYU should compete with the Zags for the WCC crown this year.

I'm still holding my breath that Dastrup will commit. Can you imagine the following line-up in a couple of years? It has a couple of Sweet Sixteen's or better written all over it.

5 - Mika, Nielsen, Andrus
4 - Dastrup, Jakob Hartsock, Worthington, Shaw
3 - Nixon, Toolson
2 - Chatman, TJ Haws
1 - Nick Emery, Calvert

WisCoug
VERONA, WI

The roster you present is 2016 at the earliest and more likely 2017 (3 or 4 full seasons between right now and when those players take the floor together) and depends largely on Mika and TJ Haws' mission plans (i.e. will Mika play one or two before leaving and will TJ Haws play one year with his brother before going or head straight out of high school?).

2015:
G: Calvert (So), Emery (Fr), Seljaas (Fr), Ainge (Fr), Collinsworth (Sr), Chatman (So), Bartley (Jr), Fischer (Sr)
F: Worthington (Jr), Hartsock (Fr), Shaw (Fr)
C: Nielson (So), Andrus (Fr)*

*Andrus, as far as I know, has definite mission plans, but BYU is interested (or has expressed interest previously in having him play one year before leaving... possibly to offset Mika's mission plans or Dastrup's).
**Dastrup has said that he will take a 2-yr mission before enrolling, so he will not suit up anywhere until at least 2016.
***This leaves one scholarship available for the 2015/16 season (as Ainge is non-scholarship).

WisCoug
VERONA, WI

2016:
G: Calvert (Jr), Emery (So), Seljaas (So), Ainge (So), Chatman (Jr), Bartley (Sr), Haws (Fr)*
F: Worthington (Sr), Hartsock (So), Shaw (So), Dastrup (Fr)**
C: Nielson (Jr), Mika (So)***

*Assumes Haws will leave on a church mission after high school.
**Assumes Dastrup signs with BYU and leaves on a church mission after high school.
***Assumes Mika leaves on a church mission after this season's conclusion.
****One available scholarship assuming Ainge is still not playing with one and that Frank Jackson leaves on a church mission before his freshman year (only current commit for class of 2016).

worf
Mcallen, TX

Who are Andrew Johnston, and Graham Pingree? Walk-ons?

AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO

Not good news when the most improved part of Carlino's game is conditioning. How about not trying to Jimmer half court shots and improving shot selection? BYU might see a few NIT years before really getting strong again.

WisCoug
VERONA, WI

Yes, Andrew Johnston and Graham Pingree are walk-ons. Not a lot of alternatives for this team, as most of scholarships are tied up on incoming/returning players next year (or are being held in reserve to see what certain players want to do about missions) and they were not anticipating losing Delgado and Ambrosino who would have had one year each left to play.

Check out Jay Drew's blog post from 10/8 at sltrib.com for a little more information about who these guys are.

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