BYU basketball: Kyle Collinsworth returns from his mission as determined as ever

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  • truebluecougar Orem, Utah
    July 25, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    With the addition of Collingsworth and Mika, I believe that the Cougars will have a better season than last year. Collingsworth is the real deal. Similar to Haws as he is a complete player, has a great understanding of the game and a real team player. Mika will be a very strong presence in the middle and will not be pushed around. Go Cougs

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    July 25, 2013 12:41 a.m.

    It will be great to have him back. Kyle is such a versatile player. His strengths are his hustle, rebounding, ball handling and understanding of the game. Those shouldn't be too difficult to "get back" post mission. I'm intrigued by this coming season. It could be quite entertaining.

  • Dr. Chim Richalds ROUND HILL, VA
    July 24, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    So glad they included that he won 4 straight times playing in PICKUP GAMES! That means a lot in the general scheme of things doesn't it?

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    July 24, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    for the latter I meant needs to become a much better *shooter.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    July 24, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    K. Collinsworth was an awesome glue guy as a freshman. But if BYU is going to be a team contending for a sweet 16-berth K. Collinsworth needs to become a scoring threat and needs to become a much better scorer.

  • MizzouBlue Carthage, MO
    July 24, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    Really enjoyed watching Kyle play as a freshman. He'll be a big addition to the Cougs this year. Best of luck to Kyle and all the Cougs on a great season.

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    July 24, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Looking forward to BYU basketball this year! Can't wait till it starts! Just waiting for BYU's non-conference schedule to come out, it should be anyday. Mostly everyone else's has come out. Looking forward to Kyle's contribution to the team.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    July 24, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    @Brother Benjamin Franklin

    BYU may have lost Brandon Davies but will have a future all-American replacement in Eric Mika. While Kyle may not have played any basketball in two years, we'll hear all about how missionary service gives BYU players a big edge when he plays well. Not sure what his brother's injury has to do with Kyle's success, but I guess when you want BYU's failure, you have to grasp at any straw you can. Kyle Collinsworth has more than enough "going for him" to be very successful as a D1 basketball player. By the way, how "unprepared" was Tyler Haws when he came back from a two year mission?

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    July 23, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    Here's some facts to consider:

    BYU Basketball has lost Brandon Davies.

    This guy spent two years without playing ANY basketball, strength training, conditioning, and the like.

    His brother's career ended early.

    Again, these things are not speculation. Not wishes. Not statistics. FACTS.

    I think Small Russia would be a more apt nickname for such a nice-sounding guy, yet completely unprepared athlete that will have nothing going for him.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 23, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    Welcome home Kyle.

    It'll be interesting to see where he gets the most time. Personally, I'd start Kyle at the 1, Matt at the 2 and Tyler at the 3. It would be a matchup nightmare for the D. But I don't think Kyle can push the ball as fast as Matt. But I'm guessing, Rose will start Matt at the 1, Tyler at the 2 and Kyle at the 3. This could be one of the best guard line-ups in the West, and we get to watch it for two years.

    I hope Anson will find his groove. He was solid as a RS Freshman, but was missing most of last year. I don't know much about incoming Bartley or Halford, except with I read. Hopefully, one or two of them will add the some depth.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    Future NBA first round pick.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    July 23, 2013 7:31 p.m.

    Kyle will have ample time to get his legs and lungs back in optimal shape for the 2013/2014 campaign on the hardwood. Go Cougars!! (and work on his shot as well).

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 23, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    I hope this shooting coach can get some arch into Kyle's shot, other than his shot being way to flat and inconsistent Kyle was a pretty complete player and should have a good season. He's a smart player and has good handles for his size, He's the kind of player you like to play with because he plays smart and passes well and helps make his teammates better. Shooting is/was his biggest shortcoming and if he fixes that , he could really be good. I sure hope he can stay healthy and have a good season.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    July 23, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    Welcome home. Russia must have been quite a change from the pre-mission life.

    Hard to imagine not playing basketball for two years, but from what I can remember from my mission the way "Mission Ball" is played it is probably a good thing you didn't play.

    Adding Kyle to the team will bring great balance at the 1-2-3 positions. Expectations are that the 4 and 5 spots will be young but strong.

    Seems strange talking about basketball now but it seems all the sports are year around now and not just three months each.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    Big things are expected from you. Tyler Haws is a great roll model. Goo hunting.

  • STuFOO Korea, AE
    July 23, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    Welcome back Big Russia

    It's nice to have you back...

    now get ready.