BYU's Rose reflects on past season, looks ahead

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  • ParkerCoug12 Parker, CO
    April 21, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    I would like to see the coach give Anson Winder a chance. he is the best defender on the team in my humble opinion, but did not see enough playing time at the end of the season. Got tired of seeing opposing team guards blowing by Cusic and Zylstra.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 18, 2013 11:20 p.m.

    I'm guardedly optimistic about BYU's future... I worry about Davies absence because when he was not on the floor, our Offense often stalled... I hope Mika and the kid from Wisconsin can fill the shoes... I don't look for either Austin or Sharp to turn into back to the basket Offensive threats during the off season... I believe Winder has the ability to contribute big time (particularly on perimeter Defense)... He just needs some confidence...

    I have two questions though??? 1) Collinsworth, a Point Guard? After Davies was suspended in his Sophomore season, Collinsworth moved from the #3 position to the #4 position... He's a very good rebounder for his size (6'6") But I think the #3 is his best spot... He is more of a "slasher" than a "shooter" and marginal from the free throw line... In fact if he were better at the line we would have been in the Final Four two years ago...And 2) Are we going to be able to get Payton Dastrup out of AZ in 2014? If so, If so, 2014 could very well be our first Final Four year.

    Anyone that can help bring Payton to Provo needs to step up.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    April 18, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    "Mika will be better as a freshman than Davies was as a senior"

    Very possible, and that's not to say Davies wasn't a very good player as a senior.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    April 17, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    @dumprake "Mika will be better as a freshman than Davies was as a senior"

    This analysis is based on what.... your dreams?

  • Bomar22 Roberts, ID
    April 17, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    Loved the last paragraph of the column. I'm hopeful the attrition that Coach Rose is referring to is Delgado, Ambrosino and Harward. They didn't develop because I do not think that the talent is there. I've seen better shooters in intramural games. Stan Watts would have loved Harward because of his height, Stan said he liked tall guys, i.e. Orville Fisher, because they looked good in the airport. Since the Cougs fly privately now, Harward is a non factor.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 17, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    DEW Cougars

    I'm not sure, but I think the WCC refs are also PAC 12 refs.

  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 17, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    First and foremost we have learned over the past 2 seasons is that Rose is a good coach but has a a lot yet to learn. He does a nice job for the most part but is not able to develop players like a top notch coach. Why Cusick was playing is beyond me and most of my associates who played college ball. Why Ambrosino and Delgado were not developed was a mystery. Why his players for the past two years went into shooting slumps as a team, not as individual players (This tends to speak to overwork or an over pressurized atmosphere). He tends to overwork his players and not be able to peak them physically at the end of the season. Many are probably mentally and or physically spent. Dave is doing a good job but he needs to step up in several areas. The question is who will let Dave know what needs to be done?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 17, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    Collinsworth will be a major upgrade to the back court. He is most effective and interchangeable at the 1 and 3. Haws at the 2 or 3. And Carlino at the 1 or 2. I expect to see Carlino push the ball up the court, but once it settles into half court offense, Kyle will take over.

    There is no way Mika is better as a Freshman than Davies as a Senior. But I do expect him to be as good or maybe a little better than Davies was as a Freshman. Austin and Sharp will be improved. Worthington will play a significant role.

    Winder looked better as a Freshman than this year. Maybe the injury slowed his progress.

    Ambrosino and Delgado didn't live up to the expectations.

    Who is the attrition that Rose is talking about?

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    April 17, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Remember first and foremost this team is coached by great coach. We may have above average players but they play at a higher level because they are coached-up. Rose gets more from his team because he teaches team basletball. He is one of those coaches that can beat you with his players or turn around and coach your players and beat you with them.

    Carlino needs to protect the basketball better, but overall his skills will win games. Haws will garner respect from the referees and will start getting more calls. But the college game has changed to a very physical game and Haws will need to adjust accordingly. It is a shame that a 15-20 foot jump shot is a lost art in today's game, but with the physical contact that is allowed on that shot there is little or no reward for being a great mid-range shooter. It is either 3-point shots or dunks that seem to rule the game now.

    Dealing with missions continues to be a challenge, but it is worth the challenge to get these young men returning and being great men. Coaches will learn to deal with the challenge.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    April 17, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    Collinsworth is an upgrade over Zylstra as a glue guy, but Collinsworth hardly ever shot the ball as a freshman (other than finishing lay-ups or dunks). Collinsworth is a quality piece but besides the fact that he'll need to get over missionary legs he has a ways to go in upgrading his game before he comes a star.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 17, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    @dumprake - you know everything? I trust Dave Rose and let him do the work with his players.

    @Worf - thank you for bring that up on Mika vs Davies. The one I hate was the wcc refs that hurt Davies and Haws. Davies was the mvp in the Portsmouth Invitational last week and nba scouts were really impressed with him. Why he did well at NIT and Portsmouth compared to wcc regular season and conferance tourney really puzzeling. I know what Dave Rose said last month when he said WCC is just right for BYU which was none of my buisness of his thought and I am okay with that. I am looking foward to this 2013 - 2014 season and years to come along with those newcomers - not just LP guys.

  • mvcougar ,
    April 17, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    To mnsave: Isaac Neilson returns from the mission field late Dec 2013 or early Jan 2014.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 17, 2013 9:28 a.m.


    Better then Davies as a senior? Explain. That would be great.

  • carver Enterprise, UT
    April 17, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    Don't forget how good Kyle Collinsworth is. He may have as great of a return as Haws did. This is going to be a very good team.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 17, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Be awesome for a while in the future.

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    April 17, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Why don't I ever read anything about Isaac Nielson? He is a big man
    That I thought is finishing his mission.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    April 17, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    Cougar basketball seems to be impacted far more than football by the interruption of Missionary Service, as well as there are fewer players to fill in the gaps...Coach Rose is all the more esteemed because his degree of difficulty is greater than other Coaches consistently have to deal with. Would love to see the bsktbll team make NCAA elite Final Four, seems such success would be all the sweeter for the lack of it over the years. Some year it's going to happen, Lone Peak HS has perhaps shown what we have hoped for BYU over the years...why not this year?

  • cal cougar camarillo, CA
    April 16, 2013 11:35 p.m.

    I do feel that experience at winning in a post season tournament will build confidence needed to succeed at critical moments.

    Also, has it occurred to anyone that two players- Rogers and Collinsworth may have been treated by the same doctor? Skill at the surgeon position is needed to make a good sports team. Whomever treated these two needs to be put on the pine. Two kids in for knees and now their career was over. Not good.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    April 16, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    Matt Carlino has a ton of talent, he just needs to be a consistent player, night in night out. I'm not sure Winder can ever contribute much, he just doesn't have a lot of talent. Sharp? it remains to be seen, I think he too is only a mediocre player, I hope he becomes much better, but he hasn't shown me much. Mika will be better as a freshman than Davies was as a senior. I believe the 2013-14 team will be better than this year; Haws is back, Carlino is back, Mika is coming in--and Davies and Zylstra are gone.