BYU basketball: Brock Zylstra will man the point until Matt Carlino becomes eligible

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  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    BYU is thin at Point Guard. But until Carlino fell in BYU's Lap they must have believed that Windser, Martineau and Zylstra will be good enough - at least until Chatman and Emery joins the team.

    After watching the Greece and Italy, BYU scrimmage and the Midwestern State game online here are my opinions:

    Martineau - always have the deer in the head light looks - He just never looks comfortable.

    Zylstra - Can bring the ball up, but not sure about when teams press. He was in the Italian/Greece games a lot with Harrison and either of them can bring the ball in and he can get to the rim (BYU didn't have Davies so there was no post-presence). BYU was getting killed and Zylstra had to take over and had to get to the rim and make things happen but I am not sure if it natural for him. Doesn't have the Natural PG mentality, but he can shoot lights out.

    Winder - good defensive player. Will be needed to guard other teams PG.
    Can't shoot, but is comfortable with the ball and can make plays for teammates.

    Carlino(based only on the Scrimmage) - is a Stud.

    Nov. 4, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    For those wondering, YES, BYU is pretty thin at PG. Martineau and Cusick are short and Martineau showed last year in limited minutes that he is not a D-I starting PG. So, the team is in a pinch and Zylstra had a good summer, so he gets a shot.

    Jay Drew wrote this about Winder after the first practice of the year. "It was just one practice, but it doesn't appear that coaches think he's the answer at point guard this year."

    I don't know why we seem to be so down about USU. With Abouo, Rogers, Hartsock, and Davies, I really feel like we are going to dominate their frontcourt offesnively and defesnively. Harrison and Zylstra's inexperience may hurt us at guard, but we can control the tempo with effective post/inside out play.

    Also worth noting is that Harrison has shown he has a pretty good handle on the ball if Zylstra can't handle being pressed while bringing up the ball. He played 19 minutes and attempted the second most shots on the team (meaning he had the ball in his hands plenty) and had 0 turnovers.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Nov. 3, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    I was hoping that Winder could play the point effectively. Winder had great stats against Midwestern State offensively.

    USU will be a tough game for the Cougars -- and they always have been. Nonetheless, I bet Zylstra faces some fierce defensive pressure every single day in practice. I would think that BYU would be smart to have Jackson Emery scrimmage against Zylstra a time or two (if that option hasn't actually occurred already).

    Dave Rose knows that Zylstra will need to be able to handle heavy defensive on-the-ball pressure for him to survive in Logan. Friday's Dixie State game may be instructive for the Cougars in seeing how Zylstra handles their pressure. (If I were Jon Judkins, I know I would push Zylstra hard to see how he responds.)

    I would like to know more about why Winder hasn't been considered as a point guard option!

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 10:49 p.m.


    Just be Brock.

    The quickest way to failure is to try to be Jimmer.

    Coach Rose believes you can do it.

    When all is said and done, his voice is the only one that matters.


    OC Fan:

    The "One-Eyed-Pigeon" is one of President Monson's favorite stories.

  • swishh15 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    Is Zylstra really that bad? It really looked like he played pretty well in Greece and it seems to me from a defensive standpoint BYU will be fine early on against the likes of utah state (i'm an aggie fan) because Abouo can guard the point and then put Zylstra on the less dynamic 2 guard. On offense however, if he's as bad as you guys are saying, watch out because Pane is beast defensively and might be wreaking absolute havic on BYU's guards.

  • ParkCoug PARKER, CO
    Nov. 3, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    Yes, what about Winder? Seems like he could play PG.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 3, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    From what I have seen of Carlino, he is a cool customer.

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    I thought Anson Winder was a PG? What has happened to him.

  • wattsde Sandy, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 5:51 p.m.


    it is a toss up between two young team of BYU & USU. We don't have Jimmer and they don't have Wesley. BUT they do have those crazy fans at the Spectrum. We will see. Anyway, good luck Brock for a little bit. Carlino will give you some advise how to improve for now.

  • YouthforEagar MONROE, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    Aren't you supposed to be a fan. Think Positive! :)

  • Byron Belka Holladay, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    Oh Man!!! Congrats Brock but I was looking forward to you playing on our ward ball team this year.

  • sticks17 Midway, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    I don't think Martineau ever is the answer even as a stop-gap. I know Cusick has only played one exhibition game, but I liked his command of the ball and team much better than Martineau showed all last year and the exhibition game last week. Anxious to see how this progresses.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 3, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    I wish I could see video of Zylstra in Greece. His stats were impressive. However, judging his performance against Midwestern, he is not the PG to take us to the promised land.

  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 3, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    I have a feeling that Zylstra is going to impress until Carlino is available, and then become a force off the bench offensively like Jonathan Taverani was in his last season with the Cougars.

    But I've to say, I've never seen a player go from being an end-of-the-bencher like Zylstra was last year to starter the next year.

  • Realistic Goggles Alpine, UT
    Nov. 3, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    I hate to say it but Zylstra cannot dribble and cannot pass. He is an awful point guard. The Cougars are in deep trouble until Carlino becomes eligible.

  • chubbuckidahocougfan Chubbuck, Idaho
    Nov. 3, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    BYU must be pretty thin at point guard to be relying on Zylstra. I don't expect BYU to beat USU in Logan. They never do. They couldn't even do it with Jimmer in Logan.

  • OC Fan Orange County, CA
    Nov. 3, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    One-eyed pigeon: Curious moniker! Good comment, too.

  • One-eyed pigeon West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    He made me nervous in the first exhibition game bringing the ball up the court. Defenses are going to come at him when they realize he's been a point guard all of three months. He'll do ok and Martineau is serviceable too until Carlino becomes eligible.