I hope (he’s) really close. We’ll see how he feels (Wednesday) ... and go from there. —BYU coach Dave Rose
PROVO — BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth isn’t quite all the way back, but he may be getting there soon.
The junior, who is recovering from ACL surgery, logged a season-high 17 minutes on Tuesday and responded with just five points, but also eight rebounds and six assists in the Cougars' 91-62 win over Arkansas-Little Rock. His best work perhaps came in the first half when he dished out all six assists in only 10 minutes of play.
“I thought Kyle was really good defensively and he was really good sharing the ball on offense,” said BYU coach Dave Rose. “He’s still trying to pick his spots and find where he’s really comfortable, but I thought those two parts of his game were really good.”
With regard to how close Collinsworth is to logging 30-plus minutes a game, Rose hopes it’s sooner rather than later.
“I hope (he’s) really close,” Rose said. “We’ll see how he feels (Wednesday) ... and go from there.”
KAUFUSI SHOWS STRIDES: Another player that showed strides Tuesday was former football player Corbin Kaufusi.
The first-year Timpview product produced five points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.
“He just needs to get used to the speed and kind of the strength of the game,” Rose said. “He gets a lot of balls you don’t think he’s going to get, and then he loses some balls you think he should have secured. So the more minutes for him the better. I think he has a great upside.”
LAVELL IN THE HOUSE: Legendary BYU football coach LaVell Edwards was present for Tuesday's game and made himself noticed walking around press row during the win. Afterward, Rose noted Edwards' presence and said he was grateful for it, expressing a close bond between not only himself and Edwards, but also with Edwards' wife Patti.
“He has been such a great supporter — both him and Patti — since we‘ve been here, but especially since I‘ve been the head coach,” Rose said. “He’s been good — not with just the little conversations, but he’s sent me some notes in some pretty tough times.”