BYU basketball: Junior college prospect commits to the Cougars

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  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    March 7, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    RE: Chris B.

    "offers from Hawaii, Idaho, Idaho State, San Diego and Portland...He'll be a great fit in Provo."

    Classic--you do realize you're talking about BYU Basketball, right? Yes, he will be a good fit in Provo, where he joins a top 15 recruiting class, headlined by Nick Emery (ESPN top 50, offers from Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Utah, and Utah state with serious interest from KU, UCLA, and Arizona). He'll also join Eric Mika (also ESPN top 50, offers from Weber State and Utah State, with interest from Stanford, Boston College, and Utah). Following not too far behind (class of 2014) is T.J. Haws (another ESPN top 50, offer from Utah).

    What do these three future teammates of Skyler have in common? They each have three High School state championships and one NATIONAL championship. All committed early (which explains why the highly rated recruits don't have more scholarship offers). All were recruits that the University of Utah wanted.

    By the way, even without these three recruits BYU's recruiting class for 2013 is better than the Utes. So yes, Skyler will be a great fit in Provo. Go Cougs!

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    March 5, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    Chris, seriously, have you checked the the standings for the PAC12 in basketball? What do catfish and U of U basketball have in common? Both are bottom feeders.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Second comment about big men this time. BYU has already picked up a couple of highly rated high school big men in Mitka and Worthington. I watched Mitka in the Utah HS tourney. He was a man among boys. I think he would have helped playing next to Davies this year.

    BYU still have one more schlorship available. I don't have any doubt they are out looking for a big man. So are other schools. I know Utah, Utah State and many others,really want one more big guy. Coaches K and M would have been overjoyed if they could have got a Mitka or Worthington type player.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    As expected we got the usual negative comment from Chris B. He snipped about the "weak teams" making offers, but failed to mention that UNLV, Seton Hall, and Utah State had made contact and were in the mix before Skyler shut down recruiting and choose BYU. I wonder if he knows that many "weak teams also made offers to Loveridge, Mitka, Emery, etc., during their recruiting process. Good lawyer strategy! Only talk about the part that helps your case. Ignore anything else.

    "Sounds right" made comments about Skyler's shooting and defense. I wonder if he had a vote when the SWest conference voted Skyler MVP for the year. I suspect that when a Conference Champ and a nationally ranked JC team likes his play he must have talent. He seems to be able drive to the hoop or shoot the three. The article said he has also spent a lot of time a the two positon. Most likely he could have helped BYU this year. I am sure all the local schools would like him.

  • Gorum The Old Madison, AL
    March 5, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    Gotta love the Ute fan dissing on Cougar basketball. Thats funny.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    March 5, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Seriously, the little train wreck on the hill dares to compare basketball recruits?

    Here's a clue: BYU's JV team just won the high school National Championship!

    Skyler will be a great addition to Dave Rose's team adding needed ball-handling depth and outside shooting.

  • LP suppporter Lehi, Utah
    March 5, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Re Flatlander: Get a clue please, Skyler left USU on his own accord, They had tremendous guards at USU and he wanted to play now. SLCC was a viable option rather than sit the bench. Skyler can get up and down the way Rose wants to play. He will be a pleasant surprise. My guess is 7 straight 20 win seasons with Utah recruits is not bad... BYU can compete at the D1 level. Major injuries this year has hurt them more than you know. Utah should be so lucky to get some Utah players.

    Chris B, you continue to spout off , while your UTES flounder in all sports. Misery loves company. Utah is so bad that you deem it necessary to try to takes shots at other institutions. Your comments are now laughable because you absolutely have zero credibility.

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    March 5, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    @ Aunt Bea

    Yes he will be a great fit in Provo, because he knows what it feels like to actually win a basketball game. I love your BCS membership - doinating the Southern division for two years running. Next up ... the Rose Bowl. There's no stopping U now. Go Runnin' Utes (or should I say Runnin'-out-of-excuses Utes).

    When the invitations come out, please share with us which post-season basketball tournament the Utes are playing in. I would love to watch.

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    March 5, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    @ Flatlander

    I don't know. I just watched a team with 100% of the team from a town in Utah end up the #1 team in the country. I think they competed pretty well for being from Utah. I have a sneaking suspicion that Coach Rose knows what he is doing, and what he is getting. Don't drink the "Sunday school boy" koolaid. There are some exceptional players in the state that can compete with anyone in the country. Lone Peak high has proved that.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    March 5, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    So he is competing with Carlino for the same spot. Carlino is a transfer from a school that wouldn't give him minutes and this guard was cut by Utah State. Question is can any team with 85% of the team from Utah high schools compete at the top D-1 level. I don't think so.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 5, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Using this last available scholorship for a guard makes sense. With only Carlino, Delgado and Winder returning at the 1 and 2 next year; adding a guard is the smart thing to do.

    It will be interesting to see where Rose will use K. Collinsworth. Kyle can play the 1, 2 or 3 spot and even fill in at the 4 if needed. Kyle really wants to be the PG, and with the way Carlino is playing, that could happen.

    Personally, I'd start Carlino at the 1, Haws at the 2 and Collinsworth at the 3. If Carlino could consistently play like he did the first six games of WCC play; this trio could be an awesome back court for the next two years.

    We really have enough big men for next year with Austin, Sharp, Harward, Mika, Ambrosino, Worthington, and maybe Kaufusi. We just need two of them to be very productive. I believe Hartsock and Shaw are going directly on missions. And Nielsen is another big that is currently on a mission.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 5, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Too small. Sounds like another Cusick.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Cinci man: we got 2 bigs, one from Lone Peak and one from Wisconsin. I'm sure Coach Rose is working on the 2-3 in next year's high school class that are LDS and reported to be pretty good. This scholarship is Nick Emery's; the JC kid will use it while Emery is on his mission and then be avail when he gets home. Rose has to manage these well.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    Welcome aboard Skyler; it's great to have you joining Cougar Nation!

  • Springs Colorado Springs, CO
    March 5, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Skyler will work his tail off and will surprise a lot of people coming into next season. I have seen Skyler play at every level, and he will be able to create his own shot is an above average passer and can score. I think this is a great get for BYU.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    "offers from Hawaii, Idaho, Idaho State, San Diego and Portland"

    He'll be a great fit in Provo.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 5, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Sounds pretty good.

  • Sounds right.. Cedar city, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    Great just what BYU needs is another non athletic guard who can't create his own shot or play defense at the div 1 level. Another Cusick or zylstra. I love BYU but these last few yeas have been brutal to watch. Get some athleticism on your team!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 5, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    This sounds like a great prospect to me. We need a guard who can drive and dish, shoot, and avoid turnovers. BYU basketball could get exciting again. We need to do something to compete in the WCC. I agree that a big man is a must.

  • canadiancougar624 Raymond, 00
    March 4, 2013 11:13 p.m.

    So we got him, but what about some JC Forwards or Centers? And I'm interested to see what Ty Corbin does? Maybe end up at the U next year?