Agree with CougFaninTX's comments. The backcourt is not the issue;
it's whether our forwards/center can fill a complementary role to the solid
guard play. My gut tells me we'll be great in transition, but weak in
half-court sets unless Mika and Austin learn to play better with their backs to
the basket. I doubt most teams will throw double-teams at our bigs, which may
make open outside shots for our guards hard to come by....we'll see.But overall, looking forward to a great season.
The backcourt will be significantly improved over last year. Haws will not have
a Jimmer like Junior campaign, but he'll still average about 20 points per
game, with several 30+ point performances. Carlino will be significantly
improved - at close to 15 points and 5 assists. Collinsworth will be around 10
points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Bartley and Halford will be significantly
better off the bench than what we had last year. Bartley looks very athletic
and Halford looks like a great shooter.If Mika and Austin can stay
out of foul trouble, logging 25 - 30 minutes per game, we're in for a great
season. Mika will have double digit, double doubles.I'm not
ready to concede the WCC crown to the Zags. Like us, they'll have a solid
backcourt, but they lost a lot up front. WCC will get at least 2 invites, and
we look like one of the top 2 teams in the conference.Cougs will be
back in the NCAA as a 7 - 10 team.Loved watching Boom Shakalaka last
night. Looking forward to the scrimmage and pre-season games this week!
Every one of these guards needs one thing: aggressive defense, that's one
thing Jimmer never had. Do that, and Haws is highly sought player in 2 years.
Very highly sought.
BYU should be solid at the guard line but the jury is still out with regard to
1) the adequacy of post defense, 2) a center (since both Mika and Austin are
really power forwards, 3) the ability to defend the three-point shot, and 4) the
ability to play man-to-man defense and defend against a guard like Baylor's
last year.I like the Cougars as a probable second best team in the
WCC. My prediction is that they may win 24 games this year -- prior to going
to the NIT.
No, Haws is not the next Jimmer (i.e. scoring machine), but he might do more
good overall for the team. There is enough talent this year to make a run. Go
Chase Fischer sits this year out due to transfer rules. Frank Bartley looks to
be good I hope. The guy can jump. I also like the fact that BYU has multiple
guys over 6'8".
This all adds up to BYU continuing their decade plus domination of the Utes at a
level that seems to make some online commenters almost start stuttering. It
appears BYU will continue as best in the state for years to come.