Zylstra is the Riley Nelson of the basketball team, but doesn't have the
ball in his hands for every play like Riley. Both make enough nice plays to give
you hope they're at least competent, but then Riley throws a wobbly ground
ball to an open receiver three plays in a row or Zylstra fires a baseline jumper
off the side of the backboard, clangs a dunk against the side of the rim, and
fires an air ball. Zylstra will inevitably have a couple of those 20 point
games, going 5 for 6 on threes, but he'll balance them out with a handful
of 2 point games. He'd be a dominant church ball player, but if he's
starting for a D1 school, they're not going anywhere.
It's still early in the season and this team is still very young. NY was
disappointing, but after getting blown off the court by a very talented and hot
shooting Florida State team, the Cougars settled down and played much better
against Notre Dame.Gonzaga is clearly the best team in the WCC this
season, and Saint Mary's looked good beating USU in the Spectrum, but Rose
always figures out how to get the most out of his players, so I'm still
expecting BYU to challenge for the WCC title and make it's 7th straight
NCAA tourney appearance.
Calvert is a better point guard than Carlino. He knows how to settle and get
the team into its offense. Carlino forces things when nothing is there. It is
difficult to watch him dribble into trouble. He says he knows he played bad but
I don't think he understands why. Davies gets dumb fouls. If he expects
to play he needs to learn not to foul. He had at least 8 fouls that could have
been called. Too often the middle is left wide open when we are in a defensive
rotation. It seems like our big men come out too high on the defensive end and
can't get back. I think Winder will help us if he ever gets well enough.
I wish Davies had a nice jump hook like Harward. Harward gave us some pretty
good minutes. He just needs to get stronger. Despite all my negativism I think
the potential to be a pretty good team is there, though we still aren't
good three point shooters.Gary
Hooo, boy. Could be a long year. I'm guessing we still win 22-25 games but
end up in the NIT. This is a frustrating group to watch, as the only guy who
seems to have the complete package of skill and confidence is Haws. That guy is
just an alpha dog and he's going to be fun to follow for the next 3 years.
I don't remember a better mid-range J. He shoots it with bigs in his face
like he's in the gym all alone.Davies, as others have pointed
out, is not a smart player. It's not just the constant foul trouble;
it's his tendency to make easy plays into difficult plays. I don't
remember which game it was, but it typified this flaw . . he was two feet from
the rim, faked a guy out of his jock, but instead of going up strong to finish
or drawing a foul, he spun into the lane (into traffic) and threw up a fadeaway
hook shot. Not gonna work against quality teams.Zylstra and Carlino?
Should be majoring in masonry.
BYU has 3 players with that tend to short circuit in tough situations: Davies
has shown that he still lacks patience. When he gets frustrated he makes stupid
fouls, bad passes and travels; Brock Zylsta short circuits and thinks he is a
point guard and refuses to pass the ball to people ahead of him and generally is
an inconsistent shooter; Carlino takes emotional random shots at the worst
possible time. Each suffers from Low Basketball IQ. However, I think Carlino
can be cured. He is showing better decision making and isn't turning over
so much. His shot is still struggling be he has shown improvement. This is the
week that Dave Rose will need to determine if Raul Delgado is a player or a
practice squad guy for he next two years. I can't understand why Cusick
gets more than 5-7 min. per game. Raul should be getting most of his minutes.
Haws has the highest BB IQ but lack serious athletic or physical abilities like
Davies or Carlino.
"My bad" Now doesnt that just make everything better?
For four years now Davies has consistently gotten into early foul trouble, and
most of the time it's dumb fouls that get him into trouble. He can't
be that dumb, I don't believe he is, but until he gets smarter about this
issue and realizes that he and the team are way better off with him in the game,
BYU will continue to be a mediocre team. We don't have any depth at center,
maybe Austin and Harward will come along and get better, but Davies can't
waste the rest of his senior season sitting on the bench in foul trouble.
What I learned in NY.Haws is even better that I thought he'd
be.Davies still has a tendency to get into foul. Without Hartsock,
we are hurting on the front line when Davies is out. Austin and Harward are
still young, but both are even more foul prone than Davies. Zylstra
played as expected.I'm only glad that Carlino can accurately
assess himself. On what was one of the biggest stages of his BYU career, he
played "awful". Raul is not going to rescue our perimeter game like
some hoped. Calvert has huge upside.