BYU basketball: Matt Carlino progressing nicely as Cougars getting better

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  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 7, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    A back court combination like Jimmer and Jax doesn't come along very often at a school like BYU. But I think Carlino and Harrison will come close to equalling their production as they develop and gain experience.

    Quite frankly, I expected Harrison to have a more immediate impact on the team than Carlino. And I'm really surprised that he's not getting more minutes. Sure, he's made some mistakes and is taking some shots that he probably shouldn't, but he's being aggressive. I was surprised he didn't play at all against LMU. Maybe he's in Rose's doghouse? Zylstra and Winder had one good game, but otherwise are non factors. Harrison is the future at the shooting guard position.

    Carlino has been very impressive overall. Sure his shot was off against LMU, but he's proving that he is capable of running the offense, pushing the ball, and scoring. I'm sure he'll have some more games where he struggles, but he'll also unleash for 20+ points and 10+ assists in a few games before the season is over.

    Looking forward to watching the Cougs down the Dons tonight!

  • hoost Walnut Creek, CA
    Jan. 7, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    Jimmer's talent took much longer to manifest than Carlino's. That might just be circumstantial, but as it currently stands Carlino has the potential to be just as great a player, if not better. Of course he's a different type of player. It may be impossible to become the scorer Jimmer was, but he's faster than Jimmer, a better defender, and already a much better passer. It's going to be fun to watch him develop.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    Jimmer was a generational phenomenon, but Carlino does have a very big upside potential. Good luck Matt and keep it coming.