Dick Harmon: With Nate Austin, Cougars suddenly have a triumvirate in the front court

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  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 9, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Watch Nate's youtube.com interview with Jarrom Jordan, and he comes across as a young man uncomfortable in a one-on-one conversation. But put him on the floor, and let his grace and his accurate jump shot do his talking, and he becomes an amazing player.

    I have been watching BYU basketball since the days of Danny Ainge, and I have never seen a player with the grit and guile that Austin exudes from every pore. His 3-point shots are smooth and soft, and he gets to the basket and scores all the while he getting hacked and whacked the whole way in.

    Austin could become a stellar defender and shot blocker all the while giving the team long-range jumpers that actually go in. If he starts playing regularly, you're looking at a guy who will average 15 points, 8 rebounts and 4 block shots a game.

    A Russell Larsen talent with Nate Austin Grit.

    Gotta love it.

  • MizzouBlue Carthage, MO
    Dec. 8, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    Kudos to Nate & the entire team. Great to see so many players involved and helping the squad. Looking ahead, we should be able to handle the Utes. But you know, anything can happen in a rivalry game. The next big test will be Baylor Bears. This should be an exciting game to watch, esp. to see how our bigs match up against theirs. Go Cougs!!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 8, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    Nate Austin for the Heisman! Opps, wrong sport! But if he did play football, he would win it!

  • Jo Nampa, ID
    Dec. 8, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    Dear Dick Harmon,

    This may be the one of the best written articles of yours that I've read. Enjoyed every word.

    Nate Austin is an animal. We all wanted to watch every game last year to see what ridiculous shot Jimmer was going to make. I find myself just as invested to see Hartsock's surprising aggressiveness. There are so many players on our team that give energy and excitement.

    Austin brings more than what shows up on a stat sheet. Altered shots, body-banging, scrappiness, and the energy of a Red Bull addict.

    I love re-watching the games on BYUTV.

    Go Cougars!!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Dec. 8, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    Austin is looking great. The kid can shoot and is mobile for a big. Can't wait to see him develop along with Winder, Harrision, and Carlino. The future looks bright. I miss Jimmer but I love the style of play this year. If the point can just push the pace a little more, the cougs will be even more exciting to watch.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Dec. 8, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Mr Harmon, you're looking good on tv, got to watch the game. a funny and accurate write about about Austin. He's going to be a great player. The whole team this year is fun to watch and i am excited about the prospects. I really enjoyed the game. i look forward to your expertise on the cougars.

    Dec. 8, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    Hiring of Coach Pope=Better play from the bigs.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    I really wish I could go to the game at the hc on Saturday but we are taking our family to the Ronald McDonald House to perform some Christmas service, and really looking forward to it I might add, that day. I'm gonna have to watch a replay of the game if BYUtv can show one since it is at utah's home.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    Nate Austin 4 President.

    No, but seriously, the kid can play and its going to get harder and harder for Dave Rose to keep him off the floor. Nate is a playmaker on both ends of the court and his cintributions are making a difference on the score board.

    Also, can Stephen Rogers' shot be any more silky smooth?

    Noah is becoming a leader on the floor and its great to see him step up.

    Nine days until we see what Matt Carlino can do. This team has a chance to be very, very good.

    No matter what happens at the HC this year I doubt it will top the "Jimmer Show" from last year. That was fun. Cant wait to head on up to the HC again on Saturday.

  • One-eyed pigeon West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 8, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    190 pounds?? Austin is quite a bit bigger than that. He'll start showing up on scouting reports now, but what a great relief to have him come in and give some great minutes. It's looking doubtful that Collinsworth will be the player we thought he would, which might be good because Austin is making the most of his chance.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Talk about Mana from heaven...what a gift we have in Austin...and what a surprise...last years team got me excited about BYU basketball again and this years team has me counting down the minutes to the next game.

    I just can not wait until we play Gonzaga...this as well as St. Marys will be a contest.

    The PAC 12 basketball will not take a back seat to the WCC basketball because they will not even be allowed in the building having seats...Long ugly year for PAC12...with no BC involvement, the WCC will put more in the Tourney than the great PAC12 lead by power house Utah.

  • JustintimeY Boise, Id
    Dec. 8, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    It was fun to see Davies and Nate in at the same time that could be a tuff team to score on in the paint. Rogers is doing great off the bench and this team seams to be improving every game. Last year was fun to watch but this year it looks like a much more balanced approach with Noah and Abouo leading the way.

  • Pugman TREMONTON, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    This team has a lot of upsides.......lots and lots of youth. It will be interesting to watch their progress.