BYU basketball: Freshman center Eric Mika expected to play Thursday

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  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Jan. 8, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    ponyman - it has already been reported that Kaufusi has chosen not to play basketball this year in order to focus on football.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Jan. 8, 2014 2:21 a.m.

    Mika is getting better and better and I fully anticipate he will be at the top of his game in Late February and early March... I think that the Cougs are going to like what happens in the Tournament if they keep playing like we did on Saturday.

    I am really hoping that the Coach brings back Kaufusi for the balance of League play... We could really use his physical presence, his defense and his Foul allotment to help keep Austin and Mika out of foul trouble.

    Mendenhall probably doesn't want him missing Spring Ball like he did last year so that might be a problem... But I believe the Basketball team could sure benefit... A bunch.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    Mika must learn to control himself and thus cut down fouls and foolish injuries caused by jumping around too much. Holding ground and position and saving body for continuous play are a part of smart play. These new guys will not be available to play this year, but may still influence team chemistry. Love to see the Cougars pursue and defend as hard as they go when on a fast to see them turn it around and become known as great defenders.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 7, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    @Christopher - 2 for 11 must be painful.

    Great news that Mika will be back. That was a nasty tumble he took.

    I'm glad Neilson is back from his mission in plenty of time to get ready for the 2014/15 season. We're going to need him with Mika's departure. I haven't seen him play in person, but his videos are impressive.

    Next season will be stocked at the guard positions, but weak at the 4 and 5. I hope Rose is looking for a JC big man.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    This is good news, byu will need him to pull off the upset over Pepperdine.