Five Questions: BYU forward Eric Mika talks about his first season as a Cougar

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  • Coolio SLC, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 7:27 p.m.

    Mika needs to become less concerned with what is going on in the stands and more focused on what he is doing on the court. He is physical presence that BYU needs on the floor for 30 plus minutes. When he's out there, BYU does well. But he seems to have this immature side that pops up all the time, where he makes silly fouls, plays reckless, ans starts jawing with fans. The Utah game I gave him a pass, but the St. Mary's choke signal he did does nobody any good. It's difficult to lose in the fashion St. Mary'd did. I didn't see Delavadova give the choke sign when he beat BYU in Provo. Just immature stuff. Get past that, stay on the floor, and help the program win games. Leave the trash talk for others.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    As much as I like Haws, BYU plays best when the offense is in transition and the focus is away from Haws, with scoring more balanced. BYU needs Carlino to step up and play like he did against Stanford and Texas earlier in the year, and we need to see more of Winder and Bartley off the bench. If we can get the #2 seed in the WCC tournament, I think we can make it to the finals and beat Gonzaga and get the auto bid. But we won't win in the NCAA tourney without Carlino at his best like he was in the NIT last year. Most improved player this year is Nate Austin; Mika is very good and will develop into a great player, but he's not there yet mentally.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    Mika is a freshman. Get real people, he is a stud in the making.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 16, 2014 1:27 a.m.

    Although chris b's comments are always less than objective when it comes to BYU, I am one fanatical Cougar fan that agrees with something he implies... I think that BYU has been inconsistent...

    The Cougs have huge talent and they are far better than their record indicates... Our inability to keep our Bigs on the floor due to foul trouble, our less than impressive FT shooting (which ranks worse in the NCAA Stat Rankings than the utes SOS, our shooters inability to hit the 3's with consistency, and our well documented weakness on the defensive side of the court... All of this has resulted in producing a team that should be outstanding but is really only very good night in and night out...

    The WCC is a far better conference than chrisb or other ute fans give them credit for... And the big bad pac12 is vastly over-rated and not nearly the power house that chrisb and other ute fans pound their chest over. They too only have one ranked team and that team is falling... BYU played 3 pac12 teams, all on the road, and could very easily be 2-1 right now with one made free throw in Eugene.

  • Ute buster Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 8:56 p.m.

    CB should not be casting stones. BYU played 3 top 25 teams on the road and lost by fewer points by far than the utes lost tonight. Loveridge and Wright are just not that good. Utah is just plain bad.

  • The Anti Chris Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 8:51 p.m.

    And this coming from a fan of the worst team in the state. CB should not poke fun at BYU's foes unless he wants to look at the ABSOLUTE worst preseason schedule in ALL of Division 1 basketball. Real basketball pundits rank BYU preseason schedule as one of the toughest in the country. Factor in the conference schedule and BYU still plays a tougher schedule.
    As bad as CB thinks BYU is u us much worse and will NOT make the NCAA tourney.
    CB seems to forget that Mika is only a freshman and still has better numbers than most all of u's players.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    It was fun to watch Lone Peak win State last year, and the accomplishments of that team really boosted Utah high school basketball. Mika has played well this year, though he has lots of things to improve on, such as free throw shooting, fouling out of games, and not being physical enough to guard some players well, and leaving his feet too often, causing potential injury to himself. He has a great attitude, is fun to watch, and I appreciate all he has positively contributed to the BYU BB team this year. Wish him well on his mission, hope he is called to Japan.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Mika and byu have underperformed. I think it may be a case of playing up(or down) to the level of competition. The wcc is not a good league(zero ranked teams and ninth per espn) and byu has not proven to be anything other than another team for Gonzaga to beat.

    With as highly touted as mika was and with a third year starting point guard in carlino and a junior who will become byu's all time leading scorer, that should be the recipe for a sweet 16 team.

    But byu just isn't very good.

    No team in that situatuon(3rd year staring pg, all time leading scorer, and top 100 player in the county even if he is a freshman) should lose to Pepperdine, pacific community, Portland dental college, and Mary Lola.

    Such a team should beat all those by 20.

    Mika and byu have just been bad