With BYU's hoops roster set, Cougars will take advantage of extended summer workout schedule

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  • Eastern CO Coug Elizabeth, CO
    May 28, 2018 3:39 p.m.

    Here are some statistics on the guards from last season and season before- for Emery.

    Guards Shooting % Ranking: 1) Bergersen- 53%, 2) Hardnett- 45.7%, 3) Seljaas- 45.5%, 4) Emery- 42.5%, 5) Cannon- 41.8%, 6) Haws- 41.0%.

    Guards- 3 Point Shooting %- 1) Bergersen- 40%, 2) Emery- 38.3%, 3) Hardnett- 32.6%, 3) Cannon- 32.6%, 4) Haws- 30.9%, 5) Seljaas- 29.5%.

    Defense Ranking- My humble opinion only: 1) Emery, 2) Hardnette, 3) Cannon, 4) Bergersen, 5) Haws, 6) Seljaas.

    Starters therefore should be prioritized as follows: 1) Emery, 2) Hardnett, 3) Bergersen , 4) Cannon, 5) Seljaas, 6) Haws

    Dastrup had 43.3% 3 point shooting higher than any of the returning guards. Child's 3 point shooting percentage was better than Haws at 31.3% and that is not even his strength. Dastrup's shooting percentage overall was 52% ,Child's was 54%, Nixon was 53%.

    Starters statistically should be: Dastrup (C), Childs (F), Nixon (F), Hardnett (G) and Bergerson- G or Emery (I give Emery the nod because of defense & 3 point shooting historically). However, Rose will start Childs (F), Nixon (F), Haws- G , Emery- G, and Harnett-G most likely. With Baxter first off the bench.

  • Jello is Good ,
    May 27, 2018 1:28 p.m.

    Grunc,

    Your opinion and I disagree with much of it. Seljass is the 5th best guard on our team and the 4th best forward. Cannon is our 4th best guard. Why should we change what we do to accommodate deep bench players. Emery wasn’t here last year so who knows what he would have done. Haws played better in every aspect of his game except 3 point percentage and points. You think that was because he was afraid to shoot? No way.

    Last year was refreshing and I hope we see the same type of structure, defense and rebounding that we saw last year. We will defiantly miss Shroyer.

    The top 3 scorers next year will be Childs, Emery and Baxter. Our depth and improved discipline should help us to the dance

  • Sun Devil at Heart Lindon, UT
    May 26, 2018 4:14 p.m.

    What would have been nice with this article is a list of the roster showing height, weight, year in school and position. The roster is complete but the list wasn't there to pull it all together for the reader.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 26, 2018 11:49 a.m.

    @kfbob

    Not quite as many 4-star players as reported. There are 3 major rating entities. ESPN, Scout, and Rivals.

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    Ratings very and each service has their own agenda. Looking at BYU’s roster we have 4 ESPN top 100 recruits on the roster, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Payton Dastrup and Nick Emery.

    Looking at other kids coming in Gavin Baxter was very close to being another ESPN top 100 player (his grade was an 80 and the 98th player that year had a grade of 82). Kolby Lee was also very close to being a top 100 kid (grade of 81) as was Connor Harding (grade of 80).

    This is a talented group of players that now has some maturity and experience. The onus is on Rose and staff to put a scheme together that gets the most out of them instead of what we had last year which tried to fit a bunch of square pegs into round holes. It frustrated several players and affected their confidence in games. We had too many shooters afraid to shoot the ball.

    This will be the deepest and most talented group of players overall that Rose has had at BYU. Hopefully coaches allow players to play to the top of their games, if so, we’ll have a fun season and a better outcome with this group.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 26, 2018 11:29 a.m.

    @portlander

    I'm just sorry that the coaching staff wasn't upgraded in the offseason.

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    I think it was addition by subtraction. While Heath Schroyer did have a good impact on the team with things like improved intensity/focus on defense and accountability on offense it also had some unintended consequences.

    While our ppg allowed on defense improved, our offensive efficiency decreased significantly and it impacted the games of several players like TJ Haws, Zac Seljaas, McKay Cannon, Payton Dastrup and Jashire Hardnett. While we didn’t see as much hero ball as in prior years, the pendulum of control swung way too far the other way and we had several players who didn’t feel confident shooting the ball. I can’t count the number of times I saw Seljaas or Haws hesitate when they had an open 3 and instead of taking the shot they passed it to Yoeli or Elijah.

    McKay Cannon hit the ground running in the UVU game and was confident, aggressive and had a major impact shooting the ball. Within a few games he was no longer looking to shoot.

    As a result, opposing teams attempted and made more 3pt shots than we did last season and it caught up to us in several losses.

  • Floridacougfan Davenport, FL
    May 25, 2018 1:48 p.m.

    Ok, so I am ready to make a comment on basketball. Here is the deal for U who can't let it go. I believe the majority of Y fans will agree with the following. We are not the ones talking championship or deep NCAA run. That is not on our radar nor do we even have the radar necessary for that. We are optimistic, as fans should be, that our team will improve. Improve how?

    1. Stop loosing the games we should win. Upsets happen, but the frequency needs to decrease.
    2. Win a WCC tournament.
    3. Make the NCAA tournament

    Once we do that then we can look forward to progressing further in the NCAA tourney. The way college basketball has developed and morphed, there are only a few teams with hopes of a championship with the occasional outlier. Unless the perfect storm of LDS athletes and coaches come together I don't see a national championship as a possibility. We as Cougar fans just want to see our team be coached to and play to their potential.

    I liked BYU's improved defense last year but am looking forward to a more fluid and productive offense. Go Cougs!

  • Chamberlain Salt Lake City, UT
    May 24, 2018 9:57 p.m.

    Gotta luv the angst and paranoia that oozes from the hill every time the possibility of BYU having a pretty good team is mentioned.

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    May 24, 2018 8:10 p.m.

    “We’re excited about Yoeli coming back,” said BYU assistant Tim LaComb.

    “He’s was really serious about going out and getting a feel for where he sits.

    He's was? What does that mean?
    BYU will compete with this roster. Don't count on this group winning the WCC just yet. Until somebody knocks out Gonzaga, the WCC goes there. Watched Connor Harding all through high school. He's not as big as Kyle Collinsworth, but he can slash to the basket and knock down shots. But this team has a lot of guards. Somebody is bound to get a feel for where he sits.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    May 24, 2018 4:29 p.m.

    Wow, national championship guaranteed. 👍

  • kfbob Salt Lake City, UT
    May 24, 2018 3:54 p.m.

    Not quite as many 4-star players as reported. There are 3 major rating entities. ESPN, Scout, and Rivals.

    Koby Lee is an average of 3* (4* espn, 3* scout, and 2* rivals) for example.
    Connor harding is an 3.3* recruit.

    Just because one rater thinks your a 4 Star doesn't mean they all agree.
    We should probably tamp down the expectations as most of these guys are NOT consensus 4* players.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    May 24, 2018 2:43 p.m.

    Magic Happens

    Dogs bark, but the caravan marches on.

  • Magic Happens Kaysville, UT
    May 24, 2018 2:33 p.m.

    I wonder if there will be multiple sweet 16 appearances with this group like the last group.

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    May 24, 2018 1:21 p.m.

    I'm just sorry that the coaching staff wasn't upgraded in the offseason.

  • bemorefair Villanueva, NM
    May 24, 2018 11:16 a.m.

    @agarrett:

    As the Proverb states, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

    Jackson will help BYU players get better by practicing with/against them.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    May 24, 2018 10:03 a.m.

    Loads of talent on next season's BYU roster.

    It's going to be fun seeing how this team comes together.

    Could be a great season.

    Go Cougars!

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    May 24, 2018 7:53 a.m.

    Brayden Shaw is from Idaho also - Boise.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    May 24, 2018 7:23 a.m.

    "Agarret,
    BYU is about more than just winning.
    They are about people.

    This does not hurt them to have a relationship with other good players."

    We'll put Down Under. People don't realize that BYU of course wants to win and is very good at it across the board, but it's not their main focus. Bronco was incredible at showing this. So many times on ESPN they showed his focal points for his players and football was #5. The announcers were always so impressed with that. So if those who had past contact with the team want to come join current players for friendship, camaraderie, support, and educating new guys, it's just all part of the rare and incredible BYU spirit. I have lived and traveled all over the country and love talking sports with others, but very few fan bases ever bring aspects like this up. It's great to support and cheer for a school that focuses way more on just winning.

    Makes me proud to cheer for BYU!
    What a talented group we have this season!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    May 24, 2018 6:10 a.m.

    This team looks scary good given the influx of young talent to blend in with some serious returnees.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2018 11:36 p.m.

    Agarret,
    BYU is about more than just winning.
    They are about people.

    This does not hurt them to have a relationship with other good players.

  • One of Vai's Cousins DC, Washington
    May 23, 2018 10:48 p.m.

    LaComb should be a color commentator. Although growing up in the mean streets of Boise, Meridian and Pocatello Idaho does not mean all hard work and baling hay. It’s as comfortable and cushy a life as the Timpview kids experience. But they are putting together a good team.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 23, 2018 10:22 p.m.

    Not much said of Colby Lee. He's a four star.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    May 23, 2018 10:15 p.m.

    They will be very good. First time in 3 years that BYU has had more upperclassmen than one or two.

  • agarrett PROVO, UT
    May 23, 2018 10:01 p.m.

    Why does Frank Jackson get access to BYU's facilities after he snubbed the Cougs and went back on his commitment? Doesn't seem right.

    That's like dumping your girlfriend but then asking her if she can lend you some cash.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    May 23, 2018 7:38 p.m.

    That's a lot of raw talent to be developed. I didn't realize these guys would be back this year. Child's might be right, this could be a pretty good team.