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  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    April 23, 2018 2:40 p.m.

    @blue n gold - "BYU was considered a strong #1 seed candidate, and, therefore, legitimate national championship contender, until Davies was suspended. Utah was never considered a #1 seed candidate."

    @Minnesota Ute - "BYU has never been and never will be a serious championship contender."

    Eamonn Brennan - ESPN Staff Writer - February 11, 2011

    "With No. 1 seed in play, do you buy BYU? My answer? I buy the Cougars. As we've learned multiple times this season, it's never a good idea to doubt The Jimmer. Nor is it wise to sleep on Jimmer's supporting cast. Your results may vary, but right now, I'm banging Jim Cramer's "buy buy buy!" button to annoying effect. Be skeptical if you want, but don't be surprised when the Cougars prove you wrong in the tournament. You were warned."

    BYU was a strong contender for a #1 seed until the moment Davies was suspended.

    A #1 seed, by definition, is a national championship contender.

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    April 23, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    @blue n gold - Redmond, WA
    April 22, 2018 9:20 a.m.
    BYU was considered a strong #1 seed candidate, and, therefore, legitimate national championship contender, until Davies was suspended. Utah was never considered a #1 seed candidate.

    ..........................

    BYU has never been and never will be a serious championship contender. They've never proven it on the court. They've never been able to recruit elite black athletes and they've never reached a Final Four. Utah has proven it on the court with their appearances in multiple Final Fours. How could anybody believer their team's a championship threat when they can't ever reach a Final Four?

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    April 22, 2018 9:20 a.m.

    johnny in the city

    Close, but no cigar

    Jimmer was the unanimous Consensus National Player of the Year winning every major award. Bogut missed on several.

    BYU was considered a strong #1 seed candidate, and, therefore, legitimate national championship contender, until Davies was suspended. Utah was never considered a #1 seed candidate.

    btw, neither the color nor the metal “gold” ever rust; just another little factual detail that you seem to be struggling with

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 21, 2018 12:15 p.m.

    "Remind us the last time Utah had the consensus National Player of the Year and was a legitimate National Championship contender"

    blue n rust:

    It sounds like you're referring to the coogs' 2010-11 Sweet 16 team, so I'll play.
    Answer: 2004-5, when Nat'l Player of the Year Andrew Bogut led the Utes to the Sweet 16.

    My turn. Remind us the last time BYU-P played in the NCAA Final Four.

    Take your time.

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    April 20, 2018 10:43 p.m.

    Uteology

    "* Utah has 6 NCAA wins over the last 15 years with 2 Sweet 16 teams.

    * BYU has 6 NCAA wins over the last 30 years with 1 Sweet 16 team."

    Yawn...

    Remind us the last time Utah had the consensus National Player of the Year and was a legitimate National Championship contender, until losing their 2nd best player just before the playoffs.

    In recent history,

    BYU has played in THIRTEEN straight NCAA or NIT post-season tournaments.
    Utah has played in SIX NCAA or NIT post-season tournaments in the same time period.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 20, 2018 6:36 p.m.

    “Who made you blog monitor to decide what gets discussed?”

    Your words, not mine.

    No, what’s mystifying is byu fan avoiding like the plague directly answering my 2 questions.

    What are you so afraid of?

    Go Utes!

    p.s. Where did I ever state anything regarding Pacific/Lmu?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 20, 2018 5:03 p.m.

    Uteology - East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 20, 2018 4:54 p.m.
    Lone*Star - Austin, TX
    April 20, 2018 2:23 p.m.
    Uteology

    "No, foolish is claiming 4 NCAA wins in in 13 years is some sort of a major accomplishment."

    NOBODY claimed it was a major accomplishment, but it's still better than only having 3 wins and only playing in 3 NCAA tournaments in 13 seasons.

    ------------

    Is it better than having 6 wins in 5 NCAA tournaments in 15 seasons?

    Including 2 Sweet 16 seasons?

    Nope!

    * Utah has 6 NCAA wins over the last 15 years with 2 Sweet 16 teams.

    * BYU has 6 NCAA wins over the last 30 years with 1 Sweet 16 team.

    ===============

    My Bad...

    BYU has 5 NCAA wins plus 1 NCAA play-in win in 30 years.

    So in 30 years of BYU basketball they haven't even matched our last 15 year run (6 wins) when we were horrible for 10 of those years.

    Rise & LOL

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 20, 2018 4:54 p.m.

    Lone*Star - Austin, TX
    April 20, 2018 2:23 p.m.
    Uteology

    "No, foolish is claiming 4 NCAA wins in in 13 years is some sort of a major accomplishment."

    NOBODY claimed it was a major accomplishment, but it's still better than only having 3 wins and only playing in 3 NCAA tournaments in 13 seasons.

    ------------

    Is it better than having 6 wins in 5 NCAA tournaments in 15 seasons?

    Including 2 Sweet 16 seasons?

    Nope!

    * Utah has 6 NCAA wins over the last 15 years with 2 Sweet 16 teams.

    * BYU has 6 NCAA wins over the last 30 years with 1 Sweet 16 team.

  • Lone*Star Austin, TX
    April 20, 2018 2:23 p.m.

    Uteology

    "No, foolish is claiming 4 NCAA wins in in 13 years is some sort of a major accomplishment."

    NOBODY claimed it was a major accomplishment, but it's still better than only having 3 wins and only playing in 3 NCAA tournaments in 13 seasons.

    ----------------

    AZUTE1

    "I didn’t ask anything regarding Dave Rose nor the NIT."

    Who made you blog monitor to decide what gets discussed?

    ----------------

    AZUTE1

    "Just like BYU was dominated by #257 Pacific and #312 LMU. Upsets happen."

    You have very weird definition of "dominated by" and "upset" when it comes to BYU versus Utah.

    They NEVER occur by double-digits TEN times in a 13-year period.

    BYU was upset, NOT dominated, by Pacific 66-67 and LMU 69-76.

    BYU lead Utah by 16 points with less than a minute to play. It could just as easily been a 20-point win as a 12-point win. In either case, BYU dominated U. It was no upset.

    Just admit it, BYU has dominated U for over a decade - 13 of 19 including TEN double-digit wins, and THREE 20+ point wins.

    Remind us how long it's been since Utah beat BYU by 20+ points.

    Hint: It hasn't happened THIS CENTURY!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 20, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    talkinsports—

    I didn’t ask anything regarding dave rose nor the nit.

    You evaded me on my 2 specific questions, so I’ll ask them again—

    When did byu last win a Tourney game, where it really counts?

    When did byu last finish the yr ranked?

    Thanks in advance.

    Go Utes!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 20, 2018 12:25 p.m.

    Y's little brother - Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2018 3:39 p.m.
    Uteology

    "If #35 nationally Utah is 2nd rate then #78 BYU is high school team."

    Regardless of how you spin it,

    U were still dominated, by double-digits, for the 10th time in the last 19 meetings.

    ----

    Just like BYU was dominated by #257 Pacific and #312 LMU.

    Upsets happen.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 20, 2018 12:20 p.m.

    talkinsports - Gilbert, AZ
    April 20, 2018 10:55 a.m.
    azute1

    "When did BYU last win a Tourney game, where it really counts?"

    During the Dave Rose era,

    BYU - NCAA 4-8, NIT 6-5, Overall 10-13
    Utah - NCAA 3-3, NIT 4-3, Overall 7-6

    Of course, Utah fans will foolishly try to claim that being NONE-and-done in 7 of the last 13 seasons, is better than being ONE-and-done.

    ----

    No, foolish is claiming 4 NCAA wins in in 13 years is some sort of a major accomplishment.

    Considering Utah has 3 wins in last 4 years.

    Utah with Andre Miller was 11-4, BYU with Jimmer 3-4.

    Utah with Poeltl 3-2.

    Good luck winning with Emery if Childs bails as well.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    April 20, 2018 10:55 a.m.

    azute1

    "When did BYU last win a Tourney game, where it really counts?"

    During the Dave Rose era,

    BYU - NCAA 4-8, NIT 6-5, Overall 10-13
    Utah - NCAA 3-3, NIT 4-3, Overall 7-6

    Of course, Utah fans will foolishly try to claim that being NONE-and-done in 7 of the last 13 seasons, is better than being ONE-and-done.

    Bottom line:

    BYU has made it to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Round of 32, and two NIT Final Fours
    Utah has made it to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Round of 32, and one NIT Final Four

    BYU has played in 13 post-season NCAA/NIT tournaments
    Utah has played in 6 post-season NCAA/NIT tournaments

    And, let's not forget, BYU made it to their conference tournament championship game,
    while the Utes didn't win a single conference tournament game.

    ...where it really counts.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    April 20, 2018 10:32 a.m.

    cougarsrock

    "whomever the Y were to hire moving forward could easily win 20 games in the WCC ..."

    The WCC usually ranks as the 11th or 12th (of 32) toughest conference; you're only kidding yourself if you think that winning 20+ games as a WCC member is an easy accomplishment.

    For comparison, Sagarin conference rankings last 3 seasons:
    PAC 12 - 3rd, 6th, 6th
    MWC - 9th, 9th, 8th
    WCC - 11th, 11th, 12th
    Big Sky - 27th, 29th, 16th
    WAC - 25th, 20th, 19th

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 20, 2018 10:23 a.m.

    Questions—

    When did byu last win a Tourney game, where it really counts?

    When did byu last finish the yr ranked?

    Thanks.

    Go Utes!

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    April 20, 2018 10:06 a.m.

    Uteofferouus

    There alot of fans who would be in 7th heaven if their team had 13 straight 20-win seasons and played in 13 straight NCAA or NIT tournaments.

    You're not much of a BYU fan if you're claiming that Weber St and USU have even come close to matching that level of success during the last 13 seasons.

    As far as players leaving early. It's a free country. Why should athletes be restricted from leaving school, when other students have no such restrictions?

    Sure, schools invest a lot in recruiting and training athletes, but schools also receive substantial returns on that investment.

    IMO, the NCAA should allow athletes to enter the draft and sign with an agent, and then return to school if they aren't drafted, as long as any payments from agents are repaid.

  • Uteofferouus Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2018 7:30 a.m.

    I for one believe that a scholarship player in college should be required to play until they graduate (and prohibited from leaving early). Universities invest too much in recruiting and providing scholarships to these athletes only to have them leave early to go pro and leave the school holding the bag. Now if a kid is really good and wants to go to the NBA out of high school, fine. I realize that Elijah Bryant has graduated so I guess he qualifies to leave early.

    With BYU lacking in enough good players to have depth at most positions, this loss will be devastating to an already faltering basketball program. BYU fans, gear up for another disappointing season! The team will be lucky to make it into the NIT.

    Something needs to change down there in Provo but I'm not sure exactly what? I just know that as a life-long BYU fan, I am becoming increasingly disillusioned with their major sports programs.

    If the football team tanks again this year it may be time to become a primary Weber State or USU fan and forget about BYU - ugh.

  • MikeVike66 St. George, UT
    April 20, 2018 6:07 a.m.

    Las Vegas Aggie-

    I think you mean if you played in the WAC, wouldn't you want to leave. I would love to compare WCC vs. WAC success in NCAA tourney play since all the good teams left the WAC long ago.

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    April 19, 2018 11:16 p.m.

    Mistake for Eli

  • Francisco American Fork, UT
    April 19, 2018 9:19 p.m.

    @ Jello

    I guess we will just have to wait and see. Check back with me in about a year and we will compare notes.

    BTW I am a scout. A Boy Scout.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 19, 2018 9:14 p.m.

    Y's little brother - Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2018 3:38 p.m.
    re: azute1 - "BYU’s program’s no cleaner than ours"

    re: SportsFan - "Emery didn't play a single official minute for BYU after accepting 'extra benefits'."

    re: Uteology - "That's because he quit for "saftey" [sic] reasons."

    You're confusing Emery with coach 80k.

    Unlike 80k, Taylor and Kuzma, Emery has always admitted responsibility for his mistakes.

    -----------

    Emery said after “countless nights of no sleep, ... my family’s safety and my own safety, I decided it was good to withdraw from school and put an end to all the craziness.”

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    April 19, 2018 8:47 p.m.

    Bad Idea. He's not even close to being ready. I called it with Eric Mika and I'm calling it with Bryant...he's on his way to the old country.

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 19, 2018 5:52 p.m.

    He won't get drafted, this is a mistake! The Cougs will be sending another player to China, Italy, Russia....best of luck

  • cougarsrock Springville, UT
    April 19, 2018 5:42 p.m.

    Blue n gold ,
    Let’s be realistic here ... playing in the WCC and winning 20 games is about the equivalent of playing in a major conference and winning about 13 games ... do not kid yourself , whomever the Y were to hire moving forward could easily win 20 games in the WCC ........

  • Las Vegas Aggie Fish Haven, ID
    April 19, 2018 5:16 p.m.

    If you were playing in the WCC wouldn't you want to get out and give it a shot? He will likely end up in Europe but they make good money.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    April 19, 2018 5:06 p.m.

    All of you responding and correcting my statement don’t get it. Jimmer stayed four years and that didn’t even prepare him for the NBA! I don’t care where is is playing Europe or China, it isn’t the NBA. With four years he wasn’t prepared.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2018 3:39 p.m.

    Uteology

    "If #35 nationally Utah is 2nd rate then #78 BYU is high school team."

    Regardless of how you spin it,

    U were still dominated, by double-digits, for the 10th time in the last 19 meetings.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2018 3:38 p.m.

    re: azute1 - "BYU’s program’s no cleaner than ours"

    re: SportsFan - "Emery didn't play a single official minute for BYU after accepting 'extra benefits'."

    re: Uteology - "That's because he quit for "saftey" [sic] reasons."

    You're confusing Emery with coach 80k.

    Unlike 80k, Taylor and Kuzma, Emery has always admitted responsibility for his mistakes.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    April 19, 2018 3:33 p.m.

    Sure a lot of people thinking of themselves by wanting to see BYU do well and not thinking of the best interests of the player.

    BYU players are generally older by their Senior year. If he has his degree and has decided that playing professionally (in NBA or Europe) is the best option for him then people should wish him well.

    Just wish or hope that these decisions could be made early so that Rose can try to recruit to fill the void in the lineup.

    Anymore, recruiting kids with the idea of replacing others who might leave or transfer seems to be more of the norm than the exception.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 19, 2018 3:29 p.m.

    SportsFan - Provo, UT
    April 19, 2018 1:16 p.m.
    AZUTE1

    "BYU’s program’s no cleaner than ours"

    Emery didn't play a single official minute for BYU after accepting "extra benefits".

    ----

    That's because he quit for "saftey" reasons.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 19, 2018 3:26 p.m.

    My Rash is Red - ,
    April 19, 2018 9:31 a.m.
    @Uteology - East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 18, 2018 8:17 p.m.

    "2nd rate team, developing 2nd rate talent, for 2nd rate leagues."

    ....beating an in state second rate team by 12....

    ------

    If #35 nationally Utah is 2nd rate then #78 BYU is high school team.

    Good luck rebuilding!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 19, 2018 3:22 p.m.

    "Perfect. Stop there . . . "

    red-jelly-squirtle:

    Sorry, but I guess you haven't figured this out. When BYU-P fans ride the Coog Model 1984 Time Machine forward and backward when it suits, the rest of us can, too. Got it?

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    April 19, 2018 3:00 p.m.

    BlueHusky

    "As for loyalty to the old Alma Mater, forget it."

    Loyalty is very rare today.

    It would have been nice to see Bryant and Childs stick around another year to lead BYU to an NCAA berth, but Eli shouldn't be expected to forsake his dreams for the dreams of others.

    If the NCAA were serious about their student-athlete mantra, they'd allow players to submit for the draft, and if they aren't drafted, allow them to return to school.

    Money advanced to players from NBA agents before the draft, could be held in escrow and returned to the agent if the player isn't drafted.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    April 19, 2018 2:02 p.m.

    Sorry to see the kid leave but don't blame him. He graduated.

    Childs, OTOH, has two years left but is testing the water. He has no agent. I'm ok with him testing, and if he gets an opportunity, well, he's a ball player. No different from a kid playing baseball in the hopes of getting to the majors.

    But many are called and few are chosen. I hope Childs sticks around and gets his degree.

    This behavior is becoming the norm in college hoops. Guy transferring right and left, leaving early, one and done. All due to the pros in America, Europe, and Asia. A know a former 7' Utah center who has played in Europe, Asia, Australia. Not getting rich in dollars, but a pretty good life experience. My issue is the professionalization of college sports. Big money, but corruption. Gonna have to change somewhere.

    As for loyalty to the old Alma Mater, forget it. It is "if I don't start, I'm gonna transfer."

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    April 19, 2018 2:01 p.m.

    Jello is good

    "And yes, champ, I have been attending BYU games since Frank Arnold and Danny Ainge so I do have a body of work to compare to."

    I've been a BYU fan since before they won the 1966 NIT - in fact, I have a program signed by every member of that team.

    I watched Cosic play his final game for BYU in the Mini-Dome in Pocatello.

    I attended every BYU home game during the Danny Ainge era.

    Bottom line, I'm no rookie when it comes to BYU basketball and no other coach in BYU history has been as successful as Dave Rose.

    IMO, BYU was a strong national championship contender up until the moment Davies was suspended and it was Dave Rose who had the vision to allow Jimmer the flexibility to play his game to become the phenomenon that was Jimmermania.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    April 19, 2018 1:40 p.m.

    Johnny in the city

    "doing that on the last-place team in the Italian league isn't exactly lighting it up..."

    The fact that Mika's team is in last place shows that his team is struggling, NOT Mika.

    Mika's not responsible for the shots his team mates miss, the rebounds they don't track down, nor their lack of defense.

    Good players sometimes play on lousy teams.

  • Jello is Good ,
    April 19, 2018 1:33 p.m.

    @AzzUteAZUTE1 - Mesa, AZ
    April 19, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    "Your sanctimonious blah blah w/all things blah blah....accepting a VW Jetta/lavish vacations blah blah."

    All I know is that if you think a 10 year old german rust bucket and mickey mouse ears constitutes a fine car and lavish vacation I feel sorry for your family vacations. I guess if your used to hooking up the tent trailer to your Rambler station wagon and driving to Wally World you think little Nickie is living the high life.
    Go Utes!

  • Jello is Good ,
    April 19, 2018 1:28 p.m.

    @JohnInSLC - Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 19, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    "On that night last December the coogs were better."

    Perfect. Stop there and there is no need to debate the rest of your conjecture. On the only night that BYU and Utah-slc played, BYU was 12 points better. "Period."

  • Jello is Good ,
    April 19, 2018 1:25 p.m.

    blue n gold - Redmond, WA
    April 19, 2018 12:11 p.m.

    "I think you grossly underestimate Rose.

    Even without Bryant and Childs, Rose will find a way to win 20 games and coach BYU into the NCAA or NIT for the 14th straight season."

    I don't think so. If Bryant and Childs were staying (and if Shroyer had stuck around) I would predict BYU actually as a favorite in the WCC. Problem is without those two BYU has no go-to guy and no team leader. Emery has shown by his actions that he is not. Haws sulks too much and is an introvert. Who does BYU have to play the middle and get any offense in the half court set down low?

    Rose had fire, but in my opinion is coasting. Shroyer was the fire this year. I think BYU doesn't get 20 wins, loses to Utah and place no better than 3rd or 4th in the WCC. BYU won't have to fire him, he's ready to go. You can see it in his body language.

    And yes, champ, I have been attending BYU games since Frank Arnold and Danny Ainge so I do have a body of work to compare to.

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    April 19, 2018 1:16 p.m.

    AZUTE1

    "BYU’s program’s no cleaner than ours"

    Emery didn't play a single official minute for BYU after accepting "extra benefits".

    Kuzma played nearly two full seasons for Utah after accepting "extra benefits".

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 19, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    “....and third (and most importantly), KK had already accepted money from an NBA agent before he even started playing at Utah so he had some assurances already for an NBA future. Bryant will have to find out the hard way that sometimes in life cheating seems to pay off in the short run and following the rules doesn't.”

    Your sanctimonious obsession w/all things U/KK related is duly noted....You act as if KK’s accused of accepting a VW Jetta/lavish vacations or something.

    Face it, byu’s program’s no cleaner than ours, period.

    Furthermore, regardless of your vain attempt to obfuscate my 100% accurate comparison of the 2 players, my comment stands 100% irrefuted, period.

    Go Utes!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 19, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    "The Utes lost to the better team.
    Own it!"

    blue n rust:

    I do. On that night last December the coogs were better. But when you go on to cite history, you put into play the context of an entire season. So, remembering it was the coogs' first win over the Utes in 5 years is important, as is the way your season ended and the way Utah's season ended.

    Own that!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 19, 2018 12:15 p.m.

    "That's hardly "struggling" by anyone's definition."

    nd95:

    On the other hand, doing that on the last-place team in the Italian league isn't exactly lighting it up, either. But despite the lousy basketball, the fact he's in a beautiful country, with nice people and good food, is some consolation.
    - - - -

    "beating an in state second rate team by 12"

    jelly-squirtle-rash:

    Yep, on that day the Utes were--the coogs' season high point and the Utes' low point. My, how things changed. The memory of December game helps coog fans forget their team was a NIT one-and-done, to the 5th place team from the conference coog fans love to bag on.

    And you've always got Coach K to complain about when a Ute player transfers. Oh, wait . . .

  • Jello is Good ,
    April 19, 2018 12:13 p.m.

    @Francisco - American Fork, UT
    April 19, 2018 11:07 a.m.

    "Why are BYU players always so good while they are at BYU but the moment they declare for the draft they become marginal players?

    I think Elijah Bryant is the best NBA prospect to come out of BYU in many years. He certainly has more potential than Kyle Collinsworth . He has better NBA size and range at his position than Eric Mika. I think he might just be the one that sticks ."

    ----------

    I am glad you are not a scout. First let me agree that many BYU fans, like most fans, place too much value in their own guys.

    But your comparison to Collinsworth is way off. Bryant plays marginal defense and, in the NBA, will not have the physical advantage and will get broke down. His mechanics on his shot as well as the foot he takes off going to the hole is off. If guarded straight up, he can get his shot, but in the NBA he will have trouble getting his space.

    Collinsworth is big for his position, is above average rebounder, sees the floor and passes well, has adequate handles and plays above average defense. Collinsworth is a glue guy and he will stick somewhere. Bryant will have to get better or learn a new language.

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    April 19, 2018 12:11 p.m.

    Jello

    “I'm the biggest BYU fan around, but if Childs leaves with Bryant, they not only have no shot at the NCAA's, there will be no NIT and there will be no 20 win season. Rose is done after this year.”

    I think you grossly underestimate Rose.

    Even without Bryant and Childs, Rose will find a way to win 20 games and coach BYU into the NCAA or NIT for the 14th straight season.

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    April 19, 2018 12:02 p.m.

    @Laxman

    "Why should he stay 4 years? Jimmer stayed 4 years and he still ended up in Europe.”

    Jimmer was the consensus national player of the year, a lottery pick and played 5 seasons in NBA. He’s made millions playing in the NBA and in China.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    @Laxman

    "Why should he stay 4 years? Jimmer stayed 4 years and he still ended up in Europe. Bryant and Childs might as well leave early and make some money."

    ----------------

    Jimmer stayed for his senior year and saw his scoring jump from 22 per game to 28 (lead the country) created a national sensation with Jimmermania and his being named the consensus NPOY (Naismith, Rupp, Wooden, etc) and a consensus 1st Team All-American. This slotted him as a lottery pick in the NBA draft and guaranteed him to earn millions in the NBA and now millions in China (not Europe).

    Mika left early and isn't earning "millions" in Italy and likely never will. It's doubtful Bryant will either.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    @azute1

    First of all, like EB, KK had his degree in hand previous to departing school....Congratulations to both on this remarkable/most important accomplishment.

    Secondly, EB doesn’t possess KK’s overall talent & doesn’t possess his identical upside.

    ----------------

    ....and third (and most importantly), KK had already accepted money from an NBA agent before he even started playing at Utah so he had some assurances already for an NBA future. Bryant will have to find out the hard way that sometimes in life cheating seems to pay off in the short run and following the rules doesn't.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    April 19, 2018 11:31 a.m.

    @Laxman

    "Why should he stay 4 years? Jimmer stayed 4 years and he still ended up in Europe. Bryant and Childs might as well leave early and make some money."

    Jimmer has never played in Europe. He plays in China. China is in Asia.

  • Francisco American Fork, UT
    April 19, 2018 11:07 a.m.

    Why are BYU players always so good while they are at BYU but the moment they declare for the draft they become marginal players? I guess I shouldn't delve into the mysteries.

    Personally, I think Elijah Bryant is the best NBA prospect to come out of BYU in many years. He certainly has more potential than Kyle Collinsworth and look where he is right now. And, he has better NBA size and range at his position than Eric Mika. I think he might just be the one that sticks in the NBA.

  • Jello is Good ,
    April 19, 2018 11:02 a.m.

    @cougarsrock - Springville, UT
    April 19, 2018 10:03 a.m.

    "This is on Dave Rose ....Bryant is the 2nd player in 2 years to go out early with Questionable NBA talent ... I think this says a lot about the coach ... With that being said , this doesn't change my previous thoughts that if Rose does not get this team to the NCAA Tourney next year he needs to be terminated once and for all end of story !"

    Agreed. I'm the biggest BYU fan around, but if Childs leaves with Bryant, they not only have no shot at the NCAA's, there will be no NIT and there will be no 20 win season. Rose is done after this year. It will be at least 3 years even if we get the right guy in here. Dark days ahead cougar fans.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 19, 2018 10:42 a.m.

    "This is on Dave Rose"

    Is that so detective? A talented guy done with school wants to pursue his dream and it's the coaches fault? I love how people make things up.

    Go pursue your dream pal! You'll make more in a game than your haters make in a year. Love it!

  • MadDog08 Kaysville, UT
    April 19, 2018 10:39 a.m.

    Loving all the Utah haters and BYU fair weather fans in these comments. Thanks for some entertainment!
    I do appreciate the supportive, civil, Ute comments, however. Thanks for keeping this message board somewhat classy! Everyone else, grow up and worry about your own life, not that of a young man who doesn't even know you or owe you anything!
    I do wish Bryant would have stayed, but I wish him the best in the future. I don't know how much he would have improved with Emery coming back, though it could have been fun to see those two playing together. Well, que serÁ, serÁ. Go Cougs and Utes!

  • cougarsrock Springville, UT
    April 19, 2018 10:03 a.m.

    This is on Dave Rose ....Bryant is the 2nd player in 2 years to go out early with Questionable NBA talent ... I think this says a lot about the coach ... With that being said , this doesn't change my previous thoughts that if Rose does not get this team to the NCAA Tourney next year he needs to be terminated once and for all end of story !

  • fireonthemtn Reno, NV
    April 19, 2018 9:39 a.m.

    Eli,
    One more thing from an old, bald white guy... I like your hair style, man! Best of luck!

  • My Rash is Red ,
    April 19, 2018 9:31 a.m.

    @Uteology - East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 18, 2018 8:17 p.m.

    "2nd rate team, developing 2nd rate talent, for 2nd rate leagues."

    ....beating an in state second rate team by 12....

  • Squirtle ,
    April 19, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    Let's just stop with this loyalty argument. Yes I wish Bryant were coming back and no BYU will not recover from the loss of Bryant and Childs for a while. I wouldn't even pick them third in the WCC. I think this is Rose's last year as this will be the year he fails to win 20.

    But these kids don't owe BYU anything. The agreement is for each year they play, BYU will pay for school and expenses. Bryant and BYU have lived up to their ends of this agreement. Sorry to see him go, but he has every right.

  • fireonthemtn Reno, NV
    April 19, 2018 9:04 a.m.

    I know that there are different circumstances in each player's decision, but really, what does Bryant gain by staying? Is Dave Rose and this program going to help him further develop his game? Best of luck to you, Eli! I hope all goes well! By the way, the professor of basketball up in Spokane has received a commitment from Hashamura and Tillie that they will be staying on to further their development. Makes you wonder...

  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2018 8:44 a.m.

    @Doctormtv - Salt Lake City, UT

    "What everyone seems to forget is that BYU players who have served missions are 2 years older than average throughout their collegiate career. The NBA wants no part of a 24 year old rookie, so staying all 4 years is counterproductive"
    - - - - -
    Tell that to the Jazz and Joe Ingles!

  • Robroy Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Elijah is definitely not Kuzma. Kuzma definitely made more money as a college player. The FBI is coming to uteville.

  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    April 19, 2018 8:08 a.m.

    JD

    "Who is telling these players in Provo that they are ready to go? Mika, not doing well."

    Who are you to say that they aren't ready?

    IMO, Mika could have benefited from another year of college basketball, but as a pro in Italy's top professional league, he's averaging 14.3 pts, 7.4 reb, shooting 53.8% from the field, starting 26 of 26 games played.

    That's hardly "struggling" by anyone's definition.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 19, 2018 8:01 a.m.

    Esquire

    "Like Mika, these kids are living in fantasy land. They are just not good enough for the NBA. Maybe they play overseas, but they won't see a minute on the hardwoods in the NBA. If they were, BYU would have been a better team. Someone needs to get these kids more grounded in reality."

    He'll likely make more playing professional basketball next year, than you'll make in any single year in your entire career.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    April 19, 2018 7:47 a.m.

    Good luck!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 19, 2018 7:44 a.m.

    I don't see how this is a mistake. He's got his degree. He has a marketable talent. Whatever he makes overseas is going to be more than what he makes playing for BYU which is basically nothing. He made the right decision.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 19, 2018 7:40 a.m.

    Like Mika, these kids are living in fantasy land. They are just not good enough for the NBA. Maybe they play overseas, but they won't see a minute on the hardwoods in the NBA. If they were, BYU would have been a better team. Someone needs to get these kids more grounded in reality.

  • heavyhitter Lehi, UT
    April 19, 2018 6:38 a.m.

    Unrealistic expectations

  • BYU Sports Nut Heber City, UT
    April 19, 2018 5:26 a.m.

    I wish the man well and best of luck in the pros. It has been fun to watch you play. The best thing about this is that he has graduated. If he had not I could be critical but since he is leaving with a degree what is there to be critical of. Isn’t that why we go to college?

  • Manooch Springville, UT
    April 19, 2018 5:12 a.m.

    Now, if he can only learn to jump off the left foot when shooting a right-handed layup. So fundamentally unsound. Not a chance he plays in the NBA!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 19, 2018 12:33 a.m.

    “Personally I doubt staying a year would do much to improve his draft stock so why not gamble on himself much like Kuz chose to do?”

    First of all, like EB, KK had his degree in hand previous to departing school....Congratulations to both on this remarkable/most important accomplishment.

    Secondly, EB doesn’t possess KK’s overall talent & doesn’t possess his identical upside.

    One example of it all is a total lack of defensive ability....His offensive game just simply doesn’t mitigate this fact to the extent he unfortunately/erroneously believes, in order to get drafted/make a NBA roster....100% impossibility, period.

    However, I wish him well overseas, nonetheless.

    He earned his degree & owes byu absolutely zero....Shame on those professing otherwise....Not to mention, his history of injuries.

    He needs to go earn the pro $ while he still can & afterward can fall back upon his degree, moving forward, same as any other college graduate turning pro.

    Go Utes!

  • Mid West Ute South Jordan, UT
    April 18, 2018 10:55 p.m.

    Re: Spater73......Emery and his VW and trips, etc. will not make it past the final count with the NCAA.Total value involved will be put at 30-35 K, and that amount will be rewarded with penalty!

  • Mid West Ute South Jordan, UT
    April 18, 2018 10:45 p.m.

    Re:. Howard S...what? Strange.

  • Legal? Saint George, UT
    April 18, 2018 10:26 p.m.

    Perhaps the NCAA should make it a rule that players have to put in at least three years at the college level before they can be eligible for the NBA. The schools get a lot of revenue off the backs of the players through tickets, concessions, donations, etc. But these kids get a start of a career that could make them millions. I the players owe it to the schools to stick around. Some of them might even have to go to class. I'm not talking specifically about BYU athletes with that last statement.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    April 18, 2018 10:23 p.m.

    Why should he stay 4 years? Jimmer stayed 4 years and he still ended up in Europe. Bryant and Childs might as well leave early and make some money.

  • vasislos Holbrook, AZ
    April 18, 2018 10:23 p.m.

    So many posing like they have some knowledge or inside information about players and their motives. Living in sad little dream worlds.
    I am not an expert on player evaluation, but I just did not see Bryant (or Childs for that matter) play at an NBA level this past year. Overseas and G League money is not bad and is more than most college graduates make their first few years out of college. But, I suspect that the overseas option will dry up a bit as BBall continues to grow internationally and as more and more US players (and washed out NBA players) look to make some money playing the sport.
    Well, I hope that they have the best of luck and I will be more than happy to be wrong and find that Bryant actually is drafted and makes an NBA roster.

  • SpÄter73 Hughson, CA
    April 18, 2018 9:43 p.m.

    Where was all the outrage when Emery left for “selfish” reasons? Didn’t he owe it to the team to stick around? Personally, I think Elijah was much more consistent than Emery and I think the team did better with Elijah at the helm.

    Being one of the “anointed” three, Emery will likely resume his starting position regardless of how consistent a player he is/was. Elijah will be done and have his degree. That’s the point of college, isn’t it?

    He owes nothing to the program. I wish him well.

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    April 18, 2018 9:38 p.m.

    Who is telling these players in Provo that they are ready to go? Mika, not doing well. Trent Plaisted, did the same thing. The Jimmer, can't make it in the big league. Now Bryant. It is a crime whomever is selling these kids that they are superstars and bound for greatness. He was not even the best guard in the state of Utah. I will give the kid one bit of praise, unlike Mika, Jimmer, and Emery, at least this kid played with class. He didn't throw cheap shots nor posture around the court like he thought he was King Kong. Nobody knew who he was due to the league he played in, nothing would have changed next year. Good luck to him, just think it is crime these Provo players are being deceived and fooled into thinking they are greater then they really are. Elijah is not Kyle Kuzma, not even close.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY St George, UT
    April 18, 2018 9:30 p.m.

    I love the pain byu-p fans are feeling.
    Bryant is a baller.
    He has his degree.
    I wish I'm well.

  • Exercise4Health Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 9:24 p.m.

    That hair is more NBA standard anyway.

  • Doctormtv Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 9:04 p.m.

    What everyone seems to forget is that BYU players who have served missions are 2 years older than average throughout their collegiate career. The NBA wants no part of a 24 year old rookie, so staying all 4 years is counterproductive.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 18, 2018 8:59 p.m.

    Very few people thought Kuzma was making a wise decision but look how that turned out - widely considered the 3rd best NBA rookie this year. Kuz probably had a few NBA insiders helping him out by giving him a solid idea of what his odds of making an NBA roster were and then he dared to gamble on himself. Bryant could be working off intel he’s been given. If that’s the case let’s just hope it’s GOOD intel. If it’s not intel then he might just be jumping for the sake of not risking serious injury, his degree is in hand, and he’s starting to get old by NBA draft standards. Personally I doubt staying a year would do much to improve his draft stock so why not gamble on himself much like Kuz chose to do?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 18, 2018 8:26 p.m.

    @cjd1,

    Please explain yourself.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 18, 2018 8:17 p.m.

    @steve24/7 - Sandy, UT

    I'll really miss seeing Elijah in Cougar blue and it was great having him on our team. Some people are saying it's a bad sign that we have players leaving early. No, I think that's a good sign....when they leave early to go pro. It's a sign Dave Rose and his staff were able to recruit some very talented players.

    -------------

    2nd rate team, developing 2nd rate talent, for 2nd rate leagues.

    That being said, he has a chance to make millions overseas. Good luck!

    Rise and Shout!

  • Eastern CO Coug Elizabeth, CO
    April 18, 2018 8:07 p.m.

    I think Bryant was by far the best player on the team. Certainly the most consistent. It will be rough without him. Hopefully, Childs will stick around. Bryant's defense was in no way better than Emery's defense, but offensively, he could take over a game. Nobody coming back on this team who can do that consistently in my opinion. Haws better bulk up because he may actually be able to start this next year. I think Bergerson is already better than Haws. He just needs a chance. He showed a lot better athleticism in limited action. If he were given as much chance as Haws or Seljass to play and make mistakes and keep on playing he would be an all star.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 18, 2018 8:02 p.m.

    Like clockwork...

    to Europe or China.

  • steve24/7 Sandy, UT
    April 18, 2018 7:57 p.m.

    Bryant said. “Why am I up past 12? That’s not what an NBA player would be doing. He’d be getting his rest and getting sleep. "

    Um, actually.......in the past some NBA players didn't want to come to Utah because they said there wasn't enough "night life" here.

    I'll really miss seeing Elijah in Cougar blue and it was great having him on our team. Some people are saying it's a bad sign that we have players leaving early. No, I think that's a good sign....when they leave early to go pro. It's a sign Dave Rose and his staff were able to recruit some very talented players. Hopefully his knees will hold up so he'll be able to have a successful pro career.

    Best wishes, Elijah!

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    April 18, 2018 7:51 p.m.

    BIG mistake. I wish him well, but his chances of making the NBA are nil.

  • BleedingBlue Provo, UT
    April 18, 2018 7:08 p.m.

    Sadly, the vast majority of student athletes who leave college for the pros end up on a bus in Europe or China, making less than an electrician, living in substandard housing with fellow NBA castaways. How many fail to come back to any college and finish their education. Even if they manage to play, 3 years seems to be the average career length. School is a much higher return for their lives, such a waist. I wish him luck, but he more than likely will be saying hello next year to Davis, Aboro, or Ferdett.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 7:04 p.m.

    sorry to see him go but wish him the best.

    It's a little heart breaking to think that had Mika and Bryant stuck around next season would be their senior years and we would have a pretty loaded team.

    Seems we're always stuck in a mode of "wait til next year"

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 6:58 p.m.

    @USAlover

    Nick Emery is not even one HALF the player Elijah Bryant is. Not even remotely in defensive ability, athleticism, scoring and xfactors.

    HUGE loss for BYU.

    -------------------

    Yes, a huge loss but not any worse than most other teams suffer going from one season to the next. It's not as big of a loss as SMC is experiencing losing Naar, Hermanson and Landale. Also it's not a loss that we can't manage to minimize some of the pain next season with players we have coming back.

    Bryant is a really good offensive player and much more consistent of a scorer than Emery but to be honest he isn't a better defensive player than Emery is. Bryant improved this past season to become comparable to where Emery was but I think Emery is a little better as a team defender and defensive playmaker.

    Emery will help ease some of the pain of losing Bryant and I think the return to form that will happen with shooters like Haws and Seljaas will help offset the loss of scoring when the shackles are removed from our offensive players next season.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    April 18, 2018 6:33 p.m.

    Wow - at least 4 comments complaining the Bryant 'owes' it to BYU to stay. What pathetic commentary.

    The kids is going to graduate which is what a university is supposed to do with students. He owes nothing to BYU and you should respect his decision to move on with his life. Hey, if he had transferred to Gonzaga I would understand your whining but not if he is deciding to turn pro.

    While he is very unlikely to land with an NBA team, he will get a chance to play pro somewhere and make some money as an adult as opposed to sticking around as a student for the fans gratification. Seems to me I don't recall anyone posting the Poeltl and Kuzma owed it to the U to stay through their senior years.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    April 18, 2018 6:22 p.m.

    I didn't see that coming; big loss for the Cougars

  • RWOFVA RIVERTON, UT
    April 18, 2018 6:19 p.m.

    I hope he speaks Italian.

  • longtime fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 5:35 p.m.

    Best wishes to Elijah Bryant. He is extremely talented, athletic and has good size for his position. He was much stronger than most college players and could dominate with his big body. He will contribute immediately in the European leagues, and might be able to work his way into the NBA.
    I can't blame him for skipping his senior year since he has his degree, and had a knee injury that almost ended his career last year. He is smart to jump to the pros while he is healthy and marketable. In his case, it's not an indictment on the state of BYU's program that he's leaving early--it just makes sense for him.
    What concerns me is that BYU fields top-50 teams each year but they are in a league that makes it very hard to make it to the NCAA tourney. With Gonzaga (and sometimes St Mary's) dominating the top spot in the WCC, the rest of the league is cluttered with teams that destroy BYU's RPI. This combined with the difficulty of scheduling strong non-conference opponents, means that if you don't win the WCC tournament outright, you won't go to the NCAA tourney. This makes it harder to retain great players because they can't raise their stock by playing in the NCAA tourney.

  • azwildcats tucson, AZ
    April 18, 2018 5:16 p.m.

    Smart decision. He has graduated! Now he can focus full time on his chosen profession, basketball, for the next few years whether in the NBA or overseas. He will be living his dream, not the dreams of the fans of BYU. It is fan's selfish interests that want him back.

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    April 18, 2018 5:15 p.m.

    What is Bryant thinking? No way are you NBA ready. You cut your dream short by leaving school early. You could have been smart about it and do the same thing Childs is doing and at least see where you may go. Jimmer performed a lot better in College his Jr year and glad he stayed his senior year. These 2 or 3 and done guys are hurting BYU. Only a small select few can qualify to play for BYU. BYU is not like any school that can reload and be just as competitive. If Bryant stayed as well as Mika we could make a run in the tourney this last season and next year and both would improve their draft status. In my view both are shellfish people, only thinking of them selves.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    April 18, 2018 4:54 p.m.

    WOW - what is going on in Provo. Players are leaving every year. Things look like a train wreck. Coach Rose needs to be replaced. Players would rather go to Europe instead of staying in Provo.

  • Howard S. West Jordan, UT
    April 18, 2018 4:45 p.m.

    I wish Elijah only the best in his decision.

    But... at what cost does he forgo the watchful tutelage of BYU coaches who embody unparalleled character and integrity?

    There is time enough to seek ones fortune... wisdom suggests that youth is the time to submit oneself to the refiners fire.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    April 18, 2018 4:43 p.m.

    For those too young to remember the Limbo, the line referred to by Who am I sir is "How low can you go. ..?" in reference to TDS BB.

  • Sweater In Rafters Franklin, IN
    April 18, 2018 4:43 p.m.

    Enjoy Lithuainistan. Good thing you are used to playing in small, empty gyms.

  • CougarCat Tucson, AZ
    April 18, 2018 4:41 p.m.

    Not surprised at all by this move, or by Childs' decision either. Where else are these guys going to get the chance to earn the money they'd get by playing pro somewhere? Eli probably won't get into the NBA. Childs might if he can improve his 3 pt. shot. But even if neither of them can stick on a roster in The League they have a good life ahead of them if they can avoid the killer injuries.

    Good luck to both of 'em, I say. Glad they could stay in Provo for a while. But it's their time to move on....and it's their decision to make, not ours.

  • Sick n tired San Clemente, CA
    April 18, 2018 4:35 p.m.

    Get your education, knee surgically repaired, start your YouTube channel, enjoy your red shirt year while working out in the nicest facility in the West and when it comes time to pay it forward you look out for #1. Thanks Elijah, another example of what in it for me generation.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 18, 2018 4:13 p.m.

    @Determination

    "Looks like Nick Emery will the face of the program next year."

    Immediate flash back when I read this. Chubby Checkers and the Limbo. BYU is the clear cut collegiate winner!

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 3:28 p.m.

    Agreed with everybody's comments: Elijah is not ready for the NBA but he has the right to go make money overseas.

    Maybe he left BECAUSE Nick is coming back. Honestly. I know Mika left for the same reason.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    April 18, 2018 3:15 p.m.

    I needed a chuckle today. Mika was more ready than Bryant. Still there is money to be made overseas.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    April 18, 2018 3:13 p.m.

    I mean, the kid graduated. When I graduated college I know I wasn't looking to stick around for another year. He's not NBA talent, but he's good enough to find a spot somewhere in Europe. Maybe even as a high level rotation guy who's making 100k plus. I would have taken that in a heartbeat when I graduated.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    April 18, 2018 3:06 p.m.

    Can’t say whether this decision is good or bad for Bryant. But, if he stays healthy, he will be playing in Europe or China, not the NBA. And even then, don’t know how much Bryant will make. This is a business move. And it’s Bryant’s life. I wish him well.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 18, 2018 3:06 p.m.

    We will easily reload final Fours talent.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    April 18, 2018 3:05 p.m.

    I don’t watch the NBA very much, but when I do, I’m amazed at the stark difference in the level of play between it and most D1 college basketball. The NBA is a pipe dream for most of these young guys, but I’m not sure what it buys them nowadays to play out all four years of their college eligibility, either. The thought of playing in Europe or the Far East doesn’t seem very palatable, aside from getting a paycheck.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 2:28 p.m.

    @DETERMINISM

    Mika is having a great time in Italy, making great money, improving his game and setting himself up for an NBA career or a very comfortable life.

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    That's not what I'm hearing from some former players who are still close to the program. He's not enjoying Euro League play as much as he thought he would when he left school and I don't think he's making the kind of money he thought he would either. It's been a bit of a grind and not the great working vacation with his wife that he thought.

    I can see the desire to go overseas if you can command a huge salary like Jimmer did in China but going to a lesser Euro League and toiling for 5 figure pay isn't that glamorous, it's a little better than playing rookie or A level minor leagues in baseball. Games are sparsely attended and in small gyms, it's almost like getting paid to play Rec League ball here.

  • Common Sense Guy Richfield, UT
    April 18, 2018 2:26 p.m.

    Smart decision on his part. He has his degree. He is not risking injury going through a Graduate Senior year and he is leaving on a high note, leading scorer, first team WCC. He is very likely going to be playing in Europe. But I wish I would have made $100,000 a year the 1st year out of college. Playing another year would likely not improve his situation, and it is a risk. I think comments like nobody wants to play with Emery and we need a new coach and whatever are misguided.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    April 18, 2018 2:25 p.m.

    Big loss for BYU and bizzare decision by Bryant. Why not test out the waters at the combine to see where you stack up? I wonder how much going back to school affects this decision. Interesting. He needs another year to craft his game and continue to improve his explosiveness. Best of luck, but if the NBA is the goal, I think this was a poor decision.

  • oddman ,
    April 18, 2018 2:23 p.m.

    Loyalty seems to be a thing of the past. The thirst for fame and fortune takes precedence in a majority of cases. Sad to see this happen again and again throughout college sports, but the same thing occurs in pro sports as well. Everyone chasing fame and fortune. Unfortunately neither come without a terrible price to the individual, the team, the fans, the institution. I used to follow major league baseball with a passion but I couldn't count on one hand the number of times I watch now. I simply can't keep up with the constant shuffle of players chasing the almighty dollar. I suppose that's one of the reason s I feel passionately about those who keep their college commitments.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 2:05 p.m.

    Nick Emery is not even one HALF the player Elijah Bryant is. Not even remotely in defensive ability, athleticism, scoring and xfactors.

    HUGE loss for BYU.

  • Pugman Tremonton, UT
    April 18, 2018 1:52 p.m.

    Disappointed to hear this. Even though I'm a Cougar fan this kid is nowhere ready for the NBA

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 1:31 p.m.

    Pretty obvious that no one wants to play with Emery.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    April 18, 2018 1:30 p.m.

    BlueCoug - Provo, UT
    April 18, 2018 1:02 p.m.

    Can't fault a player for dreaming big.

    --------

    You can if they still decide to go even when they aren't on anyone's NBA radar.

    LOL

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    April 18, 2018 1:29 p.m.

    water rocket - Magna, UT
    April 18, 2018 12:38 p.m.

    It is really hard to cheer for a team that has it's stars leaving early.

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    Especially when they do that and dont even get drafted.

    Ha sorry, had to do something to water down that attempt to have us all believe byu is an NBA factory.

    LOL!

  • DETERMINISM UTAH, UT
    April 18, 2018 1:26 p.m.

    Great decision from a great young player. Even a contract in Europe can make you hundreds of thousands of dollars with very few expenses. Europe is a great place to grow as a player. If its between $100k a year against professionals in an exotic country or a 3rd place finish in a mediocre conference and one post season game, I would chose the former. I think Childs would do well to move on to a more competitive environment in Europe. Mika is having a great time in Italy, making great money, improving his game and setting himself up for an NBA career or a very comfortable life. BYU can't offer potential professional players the same coaching and development the top teams in the country consistently offer the best players. Jimmer and Haws stayed all four years and still ended up overseas. Looks like Nick Emery will the face of the program next year.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    April 18, 2018 1:19 p.m.

    This is too much. There are a large number of better players throughout teams in strong conferences, and he does pretty well in a weak conference. Maybe playing in Europe will be better than fulfilling a commitment to the school, coaches and team members.

  • HuskyVa SPOTSYLVANIA, VA
    April 18, 2018 1:15 p.m.

    @water rocket, do you think that's how fans of Duke, Kentucky, UNC, and other programs feel? No, I don't think the problem is the stars leaving early. I think the problem is the lack of success of the program.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    April 18, 2018 1:12 p.m.

    Unfortunately this is the way things are in college basketball now. It is really hard to keep a team together for multiple years. I think both Yoeli and Elijah are making mistakes. They both have things they need to work on before they join the pro ranks. I doubt either one is in the NBA next season.

    There is an article on ESPN about Kentucky and Duke and the difficulties in replacing so much talent every year. Sure, those two programs get the best of the best every year, but you still need veteran leadership to have a successful program every year. Starting over all the time is no way to have a successful program.

  • My Names Syracuse, UT
    April 18, 2018 1:09 p.m.

    I wish him the best. If it runs the course like others that left BYU early the last couple years, he'll have a nice career in Europe. I do hope he reaches his dream of the NBA.

  • Mind Baggage Bentonville, AR
    April 18, 2018 1:06 p.m.

    If we get a new coach, they might stay longer.

    Also, Bryant needs to get a haircut before his NBA interview. Yikes!

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    April 18, 2018 1:02 p.m.

    Sad to see Elijah leaving BYU, but hoping he has great success in the pros.

    Can't fault a player for dreaming big.

  • TaxpayerinUtah Utah, UT
    April 18, 2018 1:00 p.m.

    I am a BYU fan, but I think that both Yoeli and Elijah will be greatly disappointed that their dreams will be crushed as soon as the NBA draft is over. They are good players, but not great ones. They both need to come back and get one more year of college experience. Elijah has one more year and Yoeli has two! Be more realistic guys. You don't have the depth of experience needed to do well in the NBA. Remember what happened to Erik Mika?

  • CodyCougar Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2018 12:54 p.m.

    Huh? I guess that $20K a year in a Lithuanian or Italian league us too much to pass up. But get ready for a short career. Just ask Tyler Haws how his career turned out after all the touches and shots he got in college. Pro life for BYU shooting guards is a short one.

  • BYU Sports Nut Heber City, UT
    April 18, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    It is super sad to see these kids leaving school. I get it, he is graduated and ready to go on with life but a commitment to the University and the fans should take some precedence.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    April 18, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    NFL teams play a dozen games a year and have a massive roster, NBA teams play way more games and have way less people therefore way more money.

    Regardless of reaching the NBA or not, you can always go to Europe or China and earn 12 million over the next 2 decades with your hobby as your job.

    I wish players would stick around in school more and finish up - but the money of being pro makes it so attractive.

    He'd honestly have a better chance in the NBA if he did one more year at BYU, but then again he could ruin his chances.

    I can't fault guys for doing what's best for themselves, but I wish they'd do what's best for the school and team they were on.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    April 18, 2018 12:49 p.m.

    First Mika and now Bryant. BYU basketball players are leaving too early just to get out of BYU. I guess you can`t blame them.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    April 18, 2018 12:38 p.m.

    WOW, this is a big blow to the BYU basketball program. If Childs decides to turn pro as well, BYU will be starting over, almost. It is really hard to cheer for a team that has it's stars leaving early.