Commentary: Tyler Haws headlines solid BYU backcourt

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  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Agree with CougFaninTX's comments. The backcourt is not the issue; it's whether our forwards/center can fill a complementary role to the solid guard play. My gut tells me we'll be great in transition, but weak in half-court sets unless Mika and Austin learn to play better with their backs to the basket. I doubt most teams will throw double-teams at our bigs, which may make open outside shots for our guards hard to come by....we'll see.

    But overall, looking forward to a great season.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 19, 2013 6:57 p.m.

    The backcourt will be significantly improved over last year. Haws will not have a Jimmer like Junior campaign, but he'll still average about 20 points per game, with several 30+ point performances. Carlino will be significantly improved - at close to 15 points and 5 assists. Collinsworth will be around 10 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Bartley and Halford will be significantly better off the bench than what we had last year. Bartley looks very athletic and Halford looks like a great shooter.

    If Mika and Austin can stay out of foul trouble, logging 25 - 30 minutes per game, we're in for a great season. Mika will have double digit, double doubles.

    I'm not ready to concede the WCC crown to the Zags. Like us, they'll have a solid backcourt, but they lost a lot up front. WCC will get at least 2 invites, and we look like one of the top 2 teams in the conference.

    Cougs will be back in the NCAA as a 7 - 10 team.

    Loved watching Boom Shakalaka last night. Looking forward to the scrimmage and pre-season games this week!

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Oct. 19, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    Every one of these guards needs one thing: aggressive defense, that's one thing Jimmer never had. Do that, and Haws is highly sought player in 2 years. Very highly sought.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Oct. 19, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    BYU should be solid at the guard line but the jury is still out with regard to 1) the adequacy of post defense, 2) a center (since both Mika and Austin are really power forwards, 3) the ability to defend the three-point shot, and 4) the ability to play man-to-man defense and defend against a guard like Baylor's last year.

    I like the Cougars as a probable second best team in the WCC. My prediction is that they may win 24 games this year -- prior to going to the NIT.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Oct. 19, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    No, Haws is not the next Jimmer (i.e. scoring machine), but he might do more good overall for the team. There is enough talent this year to make a run. Go Cougs!

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 12:39 a.m.

    Chase Fischer sits this year out due to transfer rules. Frank Bartley looks to be good I hope. The guy can jump. I also like the fact that BYU has multiple guys over 6'8".

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 12:33 a.m.

    This all adds up to BYU continuing their decade plus domination of the Utes at a level that seems to make some online commenters almost start stuttering. It appears BYU will continue as best in the state for years to come.