Worthington an unsung hero in BYU's win over Saint Mary's

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  • ballpark ,
    Feb. 4, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    I don't know what byu saw when they recruited worthington. A definite miss. Whoever recruited him should be held accountable. Very unathletic and not a D1 player. He should seriously think about walking on as an offensive lineman because he will see little to no playing time for the next 4 years in hoops. I can't believe this article was written. Embarrassing for the D news.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Feb. 4, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    Gee, if I recall correctly, basketball is a team sport. Nate Austin averages 4 points a game but 8.5 rebounds. In college BB many players have defined roles. Does the Sharp kid score many points? Certainly not off set plays but he gets after it while he is out there. He spends a lot of time just guarding the hot hand on the other team, centers, forwards or guards. It's great to have Haws and Collinsworth as headliners, but they are not going to win many games by themselves.

    Keep up the hard work Luke.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 4, 2014 7:38 p.m.

    Hero may be too strong of a term to use for Worthington's play, but it was by far the best game Worthington has played since becoming a Cougar. He was taking a beating from Waldo and held his ground. I know Worthington also had football offers - he probably wished he had some pads on against SMU. Great job Luke!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 4, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    As one who has played and watched the game for just shy of 55 years, it was totally thanks to Luke that Mika and Nate were in the game at the end and not on the bench with five fouls. Luke will only get better as his time builds his confidence. Great job Luke. You did what you needed to do.

  • AZBlue Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 4, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    Yes, Worthington has not been Eric Mikka II, but tell me how many true freshmen come in and play significant minutes right away? The kid is a TRUE FRESHMAN; cut him some slack. Did any of you catch Mikka's comment about his serious wake up call at playing D1? Frankly, Mikka has not looked as good since WCC action began.

    What is more important is whether we see any improvement in Luke's play when he does get in the game. The answer is yes. Is he now playing like a seasoned veteran? Of course not. If you are expecting that then you have crazy expectations. Same goes for Mikka (who I think is playing more poorly now than in the first 6 or 7 games).

    Saturday night Luke definitely played the best 10 minutes he has yet played this season. For now, that is a good sign.

  • BYUForever Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 2:18 p.m.

    I personally was so happy with Luke's performance. I've always been a big fan of him, even though most of the student section isn't. (Although their minds may be changed now) Did he foul out in ten minutes? Yes. Did he score? No. But what I saw from Luke, was that he was finally playing up to a college level of basketball. He looked comfortable, and he knew his role--Stop Waldow. And that he did. The frustration from Waldow was obvious, and Luke's defense was solid. Would you rather Luke foul out, or our starters-Eric and Nate? Plus, you can credit Luke's insanely solid screens for getting Tyler Haws open for his 3-pointers, and for the success of quite a few other plays in the past. Luke may not record much on the stats sheet, but it's what he does that doesn't make the stats sheet that is impressive.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Feb. 4, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    ". . force a guy to use his weak or "off" hand--that was not apparently recognized nor emphasized by the coaching staff."

    I wondered the same thing. Why practically invite him to turn to the middle for a simple hook when he's obviously not comfortable going the other way?

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    Worthington's a role player at this point and he did it nicely. He frustrated the Bigs and was a significant part of BYU's win.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 4, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    As one who has played or observed the game for over 50 years, I begin to wonder about the lack of emphasis on fundamentals of defense at all levels of the modern game.

    Worthington's errand was to try and hold his ground against a solid D1 big who--IMO--should have fouled out early on with his Shaq-esque shoulder butts to the rim. For me, "That ain't basketball."

    So, Worthington was successful in executing his coach's errand--even though it was not pretty. He could have been even more successful if he had "forced" Waldow go to his left. A pretty simple fundamental or first principle--force a guy to use his weak or "off" hand--that was not apparently recognized nor emphasized by the coaching staff.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    It's a quarter column piece highlighting some nice things said about the guy by his coach and teammates. Its not on the front page and no one is saying he's superman. Luke filled up some minutes and protected the more productive bigs from fouling out. Just the kind of article I would expect to see in any newspaper across the country where local college sports are featured. Get some perspective.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Feb. 4, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    All 3 BYU bigs are playing better defense. Their position seems better and they are keeping their hands up straight. The most impressive thing is freethrow shooting. I know they were at home but even their form seems to be better - and more consistent. Hopefully this isn't all a fluke.

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Feb. 4, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    I can understand the other readers' criticisms. I have said the same things, but it did have a different feel to it. Worthington seamed to frustrate Waldow, who received a "T" and many of his points came from the line. I felt that was Luke's big contribution. Like SlopJ30, I hope he becomes a solid player, I think he will.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Feb. 4, 2014 7:49 a.m.

    Virtually zero positive stats and DQ'd in ten minutes . . maybe there's a very good reason he was unsung. Look, I appreciate the "glue guys" in basketball as much as anyone, but just because they won and he had an ugly stat line doesn't make it a good "glue guy" performance. I've wondered since day one what Worthington brings to the table except a little size. Nothing against the guy; I hope he improves and becomes a decent collegiate player, but from what I've seen so far . . wow. What basketball skill does he possess? And, no, even though "you can't teach hieght," size isn't a skill.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 3, 2014 10:49 p.m.

    You've gotta be kidding me. Only in the DN will one come across an article about a bench player who fouls out in 10 minutes, has 1 rebound and zero points in such a complimentary light. I guess there's no where for Worthington to go but hope! Let's hope.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 9:25 p.m.

    What a week for Haws. Clearly the best player in the state by far. BYU also has the second and possibly third nest players in the state if you go by stats only.
    Keep it going Cougs.