BYU basketball's Gavin Baxter following the family's athletic tradition

Return To Article

Commenting has temporarily been suspended in preparation for our new website launch, which is planned for the week of August 12th. When the new site goes live, we will also launch our new commenting platform. Thank you for your patience while we make these changes.


  • DaveWY Afton, WY
    Feb. 6, 2019 10:35 p.m.

    Great to see Baxter making progress and having a great game. I love how he is anticipating when to break to the basket and the other players are looking to put it up there for him to grab. The better he gets, the more pressure it will take off Childs and open it up for good looks from our perimeter shooters. Love the enthusiasm and energy. Keep it up. Fun to hear about his family too.

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 7:06 a.m.

    Baxter looked lost early in the year but has become comfortable enough with the system that his natural talent has taken over. He clearly has a tremendous upside. I don't see what some fans see in Bergeson, Hardnett, and Lee. They all look below average to me. Harding looks like he is forcing things a bit, but has a bright future.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 4:35 p.m.

    Ute/canada: You need to check how players are doing before saying no BYU players are doing well anywhere.
    Several players are have excellent years in Europe/ Israel/ China. Bryant has been leading scorer for his team , Davis has been one of top scorers/ players on his team, Jimmer averaging 37+ per game , MVP of All Star game. Many others are have very good years for their teams.
    Your hate towards BYU is obvious.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 3:43 p.m.

    I didn't see Baxter's breakout game, but in the earlier games where he played a few minutes I thought he looked impressive. Perhaps Coach Rose kept him on the bench so that the Cougars could lose a few extra games early in order to turn hungry and competitive late.

  • CG Provo, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 11:44 a.m.

    Ute in Canada

    BYU owns U in basketball 13 of the last 17, most by dominating double digits, including this season.

  • Utes-PAC12 canada, 00
    Feb. 5, 2019 11:06 a.m.

    Can we please hear about BYU's basketball future as it relates to the vaunted, celebrated, enshrined natty champs....... "THE Lone Peak Three?" Those guys are players, folks!

  • Utes-PAC12 canada, 00
    Feb. 5, 2019 11:02 a.m.

    To all you Y apologists and the fearful........I don't hate BYU one iota. Reality has proven where the Y is as of today. Y'all can try to spin that "reality" to your heart's content, but BYU is no factor in both revenue sports and they are unpopular, not watched.......again, according to reality. Cheers fellas!

  • Squirtle ,
    Feb. 5, 2019 10:17 a.m.

    @Utes-PAC12 - canada, 00
    Feb. 5, 2019 9:22 a.m.
    "I think Yoeli Childs will stay at BYU next year so he can earn his degree and enter society after college to get a decent job. He is a good kid and does his best. I hope that TJ Haws and Nick Emery are studying hard and earn their degrees as well. They will do good in the Utah County MLM businesses there if they are honest."

    Mike, you know we see through your veiled passive shade and you continue to hate on all things BYU even if you change your screen name.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 5, 2019 10:12 a.m.

    @Utes;PAC10+2;canada-zip...

    You should consider taking your bitterness [probably derived from U of U's drastic flame out this year] to your therapist instead of hammering 3 of the first 12 posts on this article.

    You may want to address the following questions.....

    Did your PAC-12 Utes loss to BYU cause that much anxiety? Or is it the fact that Utah has zero NBA potential on their squad in the foreseeable future? Or that they are wasting $3 million annually for a failing (small k) head coach?

  • Jello is Good ,
    Feb. 5, 2019 10:07 a.m.

    @Utes-PAC12 - canada, 00
    Feb. 5, 2019 8:40 a.m.
    "I would like to know what BYU's goal is for basketball? The last legit NBA player the Y produced was Danny Ainge. I, personally, do not see one player on BYU's current team that could do well, or anything, in Euro pro ball. Maybe Yoeli Childs could get a modest contract in China for a couple years? He could join the "lonely master.""

    -------

    I know you will find this hard to believe, Mike, but the goal of BYU Basketball is not to place players in the NBA. Competitively the goal is to win college basketball games, qualify for the dance or NIT, and win tournament games. Seeing that BYU and Coach Rose of an impressive string of 20 win seasons and qualify for a tournament every year, I would say that they are meeting their goals. I would like the tournament to be the Big Dance in the future, but they are the model of successful consistency.

  • Utes-PAC12 canada, 00
    Feb. 5, 2019 9:22 a.m.

    I think Yoeli Childs will stay at BYU next year so he can earn his degree and enter society after college to get a decent job. He is a good kid and does his best. I hope that TJ Haws and Nick Emery are studying hard and earn their degrees as well. They will do good in the Utah County MLM businesses there if they are honest.

  • Utes-PAC12 canada, 00
    Feb. 5, 2019 8:40 a.m.

    I would like to know what BYU's goal is for basketball? The last legit NBA player the Y produced was Danny Ainge. I, personally, do not see one player on BYU's current team that could do well, or anything, in Euro pro ball. Maybe Yoeli Childs could get a modest contract in China for a couple years? He could join the "lonely master."

  • Utes-PAC12 canada, 00
    Feb. 5, 2019 7:55 a.m.

    Baxter is BYU's "future?" I imagine that is the case now that the Y may have to move to D3 ball.

  • payara OREM, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 6:48 a.m.

    Baxter to the rescue, Rose gets to keep his job for a while longer.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 9:26 p.m.

    IMO the starters should be Haws, Emery, Harding, Baxter, Childs.
    I'm not a fan of Hardnett getting PT, he can't shoot, can only drive left, and isn't a good passer. He is a good defender but he shouldn't take time from Zeljias, or Bergeson. Cannon like Rose has said is being the leader and distributor the team needs, he is a better shooter & playing great D. Lee needs to get the back up minutes behind Childs & Baxter.
    For winning and development reasons the young guys need to get the playing time.

  • deseret pete Springville, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 7:36 p.m.

    He is on the court now because of his progress not because of coaches, The first times on the court he looked a little lost but his practice and getting to know other players has helped to get him where he is now. He still has a ways to go defensively and offensively. Now that he is doing better the opposition will guard him differently so he will have to grow up some and figure out what to do when the defense is more aware. Having said that he appears to have great potential.

  • blue & white , 00
    Feb. 4, 2019 5:37 p.m.

    Great game Gavin B. He should start the rest of the year and should have played more earlier in the season. It seems the coaches are too slow to make moves. K Lee should be seeing more minutes ahead of Dalton and Worthington. I think that’s why Dastrup transferred because Dalton and Like played more and it was clear they were not getting the job done. Burgerson should see more minutes than what he’s playing. Hardnett should start as well in front of Cannon. Go Cougs!

  • water rocket , 00
    Feb. 4, 2019 5:26 p.m.

    His nickname should be "DB" for Dunkin' Baxter. Loyola didn't see him coming, but I bet other teams will game plan for him now, which should open things up to Childs.

  • daver , 00
    Feb. 4, 2019 4:52 p.m.

    Kudos to Gavin for the hard, lonely work, when no one is watching. He seems to be progressing at a pretty good clip now. Here's hoping he continues improving. Earlier in the season, I honestly didn't think he was D-1 caliber.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 4:46 p.m.

    @65TossPowerTrap - Salmon, ID

    Did Gavin Baxter say anything about transferring? I hope not and thank goodness Dave Rose got him to start and Gavin should be the starter going forward. I wasn't happy when things didn't go well for those other players who decided to transfer (Jordan Chatman, Payton Dastrup, FB4 and few others). I don't know if Gavin was feeling the idea about leaving BYU. This is his home at the Y. Just make sure that Gavin play many areas on both end of the court and get Colby Lee be the Post Guy.

    I enjoyed reading about the Baxter family and especially his mother was fun to read. Keep those Toes Up - I mean, keep up the good work Gavin and including the help from his parents..

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Feb. 4, 2019 2:58 p.m.

    Thank goodness he finally found the court before he transferred.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 2:18 p.m.

    It's refreshing to the humor with which Gavin's family addressed his lack of playing time earlier in the season.

    Quite a contrast to the helicopter parents we see so much of nowadays.

    I believe that Gavin's patience will be rewarded with huge dividends going forward.