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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 1:40 p.m. MST

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Orem, UT

BYU's 2014 recruiting class is loaded! Coach Rose is going to have an awesome team when all of these young men are back from their missions in 2016.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Big pickup for BYU.

The other newspaper is saying this:

"When he committed to Thad Matta of Ohio State on Thursday, Dastrup said it was because he believed playing there gave him the best chance to make it to the NBA"

For some people, the "byu experience" is just more important. Certainly nothing wrong with that. To each their own.

Crazy to think he wont be playing in Provo for 3 years.

BYU certainly has had some great recruiting classes lately, but I think Utah is improving as well. Both Brekkot Chapman and Jordan Loveridge were wanted big time by BYU and signed with Utah. As bad as Utah has been lately, I think there will be evenly matched games in the coming years.

Cheyenne, WY

congrats to dastrup and the cougs

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

So glad to hear. For what my opinion is worth (and I realize it might not be much), I felt Payton was a better fit with BYU from the start, and I'm very happy he will be helping to make BYU a better team rather than Ohio State. BYU likely would have been very, very good without him; with him, I think they ascend into "fantastic" territory.

Brentwood, CA

Great choice, young Dastrup. Have a great mission. We'll see you in a couple of years. Go Cougs!

Funny/witty screen name
Orem, UT

@chris B
Wow, a civil, level headed comment. Respect! I agree this is a big get for Byu and utah is on the up and up. should be a good game this year and the coming years!

Go Cougs!

Phoenix, AZ

Chris B

I too think there is going to be good future matchups between BYU and Utah. I'm encouraged by the improvement of Utah and the continued success of BYU in the hoops. Good luck to both teams going forward.

Orem, UT

Chris B

The truth is, Payton Dastrup has just as much chance of making it in the NBA after playing for BYU, as he would playing for Ohio St.

BYU's 2016 team is going to be AWESOME: Nick Emery, Cory Calvert, Jordan Chatman, TJ Haws, Frank Bartley, Jake Toolson, Luke Worthington, Eric Mica, Isaac Nielson, Jakob Hartsock, Braiden Shaw, Dalton Nixon, and Payton Dastrup.


Highland, UT

I second Chris B's comment.

Good pick-up. Can't wait to see BYU in 3-4 years.

Omaha, NE

Nice pick Y. I watched Parker play last night and he is awesome. That game against Kansas is why he went to Duke. he'll only get better playing teams at that level. Hopefully by the time Dastrup gets back the Y will have scheduled teams at that level.

Salt Lake City, UT

BYU Recruiting Classes

**** Payton Dastrup - C (6-10)
**** T.J. Haws - PG (6-3)
*** Jake Toolson - SF (6-5)
*** Dalton Nixon - SF (6-7)
-NR- Ryan Andrus - PF (6-8)

**** Eric Mika - C (6-8)
**** Nick Emery - SG (6-2)
*** Luke Worthington - C (6-8)
*** Braiden Shaw - PF (6-8)
** Jakob Hartsock - PF (6-7)

BYU's 2016 team will be poised to make some serious noise in the Big Dance.

The 2013 BYU team may be pretty good as well.

Littleton, CO

Can't help but think that he was watching the BYU v Stanford game and realized that a) Rose has put together a great system with talented players and they're running it well, b) BYU was playing on a national stage and Haws, Carlino and Mika were getting heaped with praise by Seth Greenberg & co., and c) this is a team that is playing hard, should crack the top-25 soon, and seem to have great cohisiveness and chemistry, thus coming to the conclusion that he CAN get national (and NBA) exposure and recognition at BYU while also enjoying the "BYU experience". Good for Payton. 2016 seems a long ways away.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


You couldn't be more wrong. Coaching, as well as the level of competition he would face in one of the best(if not the best) conferences in the nation, can absolutely impact how much he develops in the coming years.

And yes, that impacts his success in the NBA.

Ogden, UT

@ Chirs B

Wow, great comment, i too have much respect for you. You gave props to the Cougars and didn't beat your chest talking about your great BCS or PAC 12 membership.

To be honest, if you had more civil dialogue like this i may start cheering for U of U sports again, humility goes a long way.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@BlueCoug - and maybe, just maybe add Jabari Parker.

Why, Lola (Jabari mother) might work with him to go on a mission and tranfer to BYU. Would that be something. But, who knows what is in his mind which it is up to him. He is a good kid and wish him well.

Dayton Dastrup, welcome aboard and good luck on your mission.

Go Cougars!

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B

You're really trying to make the case that Dave Rose is a "bad" coach???

As far as level of competition is concerned,

How impressed do you think Utah's recruits are going to be when they see Utah playing home games against the likes of Evergreen State and Grand Canyon for the first half the season, while BYU is playing Stanford, Iowa State, Texas, U Mass, Oregon, and possibly Wichita State, as well as all of the in-state schools - Utah, Utah State and Weber State (which the Utes are afraid to play)?

True, Utah plays in a stronger overall conference, but the Utes don't seem to have the stomach to challenge any decent teams nationally.

Cheyenne, WY

Well lets compare a humble argument to a non-humble argument
"Big pickup for BYU"
2014 3.5 stars avg
2013 3.4 stars avg.

2014 3.33 stars avg.
2013 2.20 stars avg.

Maybe that is why we have beaten U 7 straight times.
a similar thing has been posted on Football articles many times.
Recruiting more talent does matter.
Lets just all respect one another makes life a lot easier.

Iowa City, IA

Huuuuuge get!!! Goodnight, Rose is putting together a monster team for future years. Gonna be fun, heck just reading utes trying to spin this in a negative light is comedy at its best!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Truth Machine,

Here you byu fans go making things up again.

When did I say or even hint that Dave Rose is a bad coach?????????

By saying that Thad Matta is a better coach is not even close to saying Dave Rose is a "bad coach"

You guys really need to start reading and understanding what is written, instead of making things up.

So in your mind every coach in the nation is either a bad coach or a good coach and every good coach is "good" to the same degree?

Is that what you're saying?

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

TruthMachine - I'm a BYU fan but that's not what Chris said. And I happen to agree with Chris on this one. Thad Matta and Ohio State have a better track record of putting guys in the NBA than byu. So yes, it can and does make a big difference.

And seriously, stop with the bragging about out of conference schedule. I believe that Utah's strength of schedule is STRONGER than byu's. We only look foolish by only talking about out of conference. Let's not be cherry pickers in the conversation. If we're going to brag about our good out of conference, lets also include how bad our conference schedule is. And yes, its bad.

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