As a BYU alum if I were choosing a school for my son to attend for academic,
spiritual and social criteria, I choose BYU. If my son is talented enough to be
recruited to play basketball by a top 10 school versus BYU and it's
confused coaching scheme, I choose the top 10 school. My fellow Cougars who
state otherwise are just being fans or delusional.
re: "The last half dozen years there have been 30-40 rabid fans that have
attired themselves in "missionary" apparel such as white shirts / ties
and bicycle helmets with backpacks. "(def) Irony: The Zags lost
back-to-back games to BYU in the dog pound while zag fans mocked BYU. Sounds
like the Cougs got the last laugh. Twice.
Several of the comments posted on this story ignore the fact that choosing which
school to attend is a personal decision based on many factors. This is a story
about a talented player who set a great example by serving a mission. It should
not degrade into bashing schools or second-guessing individual choices.
BYU fans need to get a grasp on the fact that getting a bunch of players from a
"National Championship" high school team doesn't equate to being
able to compete with teams that basically recruit the equivalent of an all-star
team each year and even go to Europe and Australia to get quality players. Mika
would probably play a lot, may even start, for St. Marys or Gonzaga but Haws and
Emery would struggle to see quality minutes.
hi-ya , I just have one word for your comments - Delusional. We have heard over
and over again that Duke or Gonzaga are done. Then the next year rolls around,
and they just reload and are back at the big dance. BYU can't even win an
NIT game. Why would some of these quality players even consider them over a
proven national power when given the chance. I will admit that BYU does a good
job of preparing players for life in Europe or Asia.
BYU beat the Zags this year, they will beat them again next year and the year
after that. Sorry kid, you chose the wrong school. The Zags Era is coming to an
End. Enter the Cougar Era. Much like Jackson who chose the the Devils, which
after last nights loss, brings an End to the Dukie's season and reign
so much for the great expectations of a national championship. Good kids like
these could be a big fish in a small pond, but they always end up being a small
fish in a big pond. Too bad they did not see that by being a big fish in a
small pond, that with other good fishes who are currently at BYU that their
dreams of a national championship has within the next two years a better chance
at BYU than any other place. Besides, as always is the case, tolerance of what
a kid becomes spiritually after a mission, is only understood and encouraged at
BYU, especially when it comes to Sunday sports play. Sad but true, too often
these good kids, sacrifice their principles when it comes to Sunday play and
they are never the same again.
Gonzaga is a power program. Love Coach Few and love his ability to prepare
teams for tough tourney play. Again in the Sweet 16. While I am a BYU fan, I
have a ton of respect for their program. So good to have that kind of bar in
the WCC to aim for. BYU has a good program, but not a great one. No longer is
a 20 win season a good mark. It is 23 -25 or go home. If BYU beats 2 or 3 of
the should have wins, it may have been a play in game. Fact is, they are not
even close to the kind of defense required to play 2 or 3 games in the NCAA
Did he go to Lone Peak? The answer is why BYU didn't recruit him.
Good luck Jesse. Gonzaga is a classy program!!! Hopefully he will
get home here soon enough to get the rust off.
BYU needs to earn the right to these kind of players. He along with Jabari
Parker, Frank Jackson have gone to programs and coaches that will better develop
their talents for the next level. I sense by their track record, BYU B-Ball
coaches do not have the ability to train and teach the level of skills and
thinking that produce a regular stream of NBA players. Rose is a
disengaged coach with his players. He rarely (once or twice a year) will sit
down one on one with each player. I am getting concerned that he regularly
blames loses on his players, (we have seen this pattern before) and it never
ends well. This off season it might be wise to have him decide if he has the
fire for this position and to develop the most out of the players.BYU is challenged by the maxim, "IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL
I know he is quite a player and the Bulldogs will benefit greatly with this
young man on their roster. The Dog Pound will have to re-tool the way students
mock BYU when the Cougs are hosted in Spokane. The last half dozen years there
have been 30-40 rabid fans that have attired themselves in "missionary"
apparel such as white shirts / ties and bicycle helmets with backpacks. If Wade
follows through with his commitment this creative approach would be uber
hypocritical . . .
Maybe you can change your mind and go to BYU. After all Zag fans make fun of the
church and missionaries. The Y needs all the help from quality players.
Going to Gonzaga is the obvious right decision over BYU.