Reasons BYU will improve:* Jesse Wade* Jake Toolson*
Improved Colby Lee* Better player development* Senior
If you can get last years team back, plus a few new guys, Then it is not last
year’s team. Because hopefully you are better as a senior than you were as
a Jr.Last year we were better than Utah, but let’s hope for a better
year this year!
TheRealND,Sounds like you still have nightmares about the "Drive"
by Danny Ainge!
Laxman,I read plenty of hype every day coming from Salt Lake City, East
Lansing, and Ann Arbor, that is what being a fan is all about!!!!!!! Have you
ever read the articles about Utah Utes in the Salt Lake Tribune?Good
luck to BYU, Michigan, and Fresno State all my favs!!!!!!!!
I tend to believe they had the wrong system for many of those players under
Rose. He did not preach defense in the slightest, Pope has that as a top
priority and knows how to utilize and develop big men, that alone could make
this a far better team, but with Toolson (sorely needed 3 point shooting),
senior leadership and some returning players off mission that had some good pub,
this will be a significantly better team than last year and I believe it could
be a NCAA tourney team if the players gel under the new system.
"Michigan Cougsfan68 - Ann Arbor, MIJune 11, 2019 4:05 p.m.TheRealND,I would love to see BYU play the Fighting Irish in as many
sports as possible, and as soon as possible!"In basketball, they
should learn to get past Valparaiso.
TheRealND,I would love to see BYU play the Fighting Irish in as many
sports as possible, and as soon as possible!
Garnering Honorable Mention honors on the Associated Press All-America list is a
significantly greater achievement than any player on the hill accomplished in
2018-19.And let's not forget, he joins a BYU team that
dominated Utah 74-59 last season.The future is bright for BYU
"For those from that great "research" institution...."red-jelly-rash:For those from that great "academic"
institution . . . comprehension can be a wonderful thing. GruncleCoog indicated Toolson made an "All-America team", saying,
"That by definition is significant." Applying "that definition"
of TEAM, JKSM1232 correctly pointed out Toolson was not selected on AP's
first, second or third All-American team. Honorable Mention is NOT
the same as being on an All-American team. Your snark is misplaced.
For those from that great "research" institution...."Utah Valley junior guard Jake Toolson has earned a spot on The Associated
Press All-America list, garnering Honorable Mention honors. Toolson becomes just
the second player in program history to receive the honor.The
All-America honor adds to an impressive list of accomplishments from this past
season for Toolson, which also includes All-District First Team, WAC Player of
the Year and First Team All-WAC honors."
I'll be happy with Pope if he dumps the legacy system and runs a
meritocracy where players are held accountable.
@Gruncle Ralph - Salt Lake City, UT@spAter73"I must
be missing something. Isn’t Toolson the only significant change to last
season’s roster? Is he really that good? I sure hope so. ---------------He's an All-American, nobody else on
BYU's roster made an All-America team last year. That by definition is
significant"= = = =Interesting. I can't find his name on
any 2018, Division 1 Men's All American Basketball teams. Perhaps you could
enlighten us as to where that information can be found
Too Fans: “ Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
@spAter73The returning seniors haven’t really proven they can
do much of anything in regards to “special”. I really hope Pope can
turn the ship around over the next couple years. I’m not
buying all the hype. Not this year. Not yet.--------------------Hmmm...were you reading a different article than the rest of us?
Didn't see any hyperbole in the article. Sounds like you just made that
up.The title of the article certainly describes well the content of
the article and there's no hype as to why there could be more roster
changes in store. It also mentions a couple of transfers who have to sit out a
year and doesn't name a couple of other guys Coach Pope is excited about
that could help them in games, maybe this year. Woop.....woop....It's really difficult to contain the hype there.oh, the article also mentions the experience of returning guys. Wow...that's some serious hype.The last crazy
outrageously hyped bit is Pope saying he thinks his team wants to win. What kind
of crazy hyped up talk is that???
@laxmanAfter reading all of the hype I think BYU is a final 4 team.---------------That was pretty weak
@spAter73I must be missing something. Isn’t Toolson the only
significant change to last season’s roster? Is he really that good? I sure
hope so. ---------------He's an All-American,
nobody else on BYU's roster made an All-America team last year. That by
definition is significant.
@Laxman - Salt Lake City, UT"After reading all of the hype I
think BYU is a final 4 team"= = = = =Final four in the WCC.
@SpÄter73 - Hughson, CAJune 11, 2019 1:24 a.m."I must
be missing something. Isn’t Toolson the only significant change to last
season’s roster? Is he really that good? I sure hope so."Yes, for next year Toolson and Wade who transferred from Gonzaga a year ago as
well as.We did get the two big men transferring from UVU, but they
will not be eligible until next year. 6-11 Lowell was WAC Freshmen of the year.
If you look at Pope's recruiting in the first two months, he
brought in the WAC MVP, two big men that are better than anything BYU has had
for the last 3 years, save Childs; one of which was WAC Freshman of the year.And, oh yeah, convinced the WCC leading scorer and rebounder and all
conference, to come back for his senior year.With five seniors as
well as younger players like Wade, Baxter and Harding getting one more year of
experience and to grow in to their bodies, I am excited to see what Pope can do
@blue & white - , 00June 11, 2019 12:02 a.m."Too bad
Dastrup transferred. The new staff could have helped him be a better player. The
irony is Dastrup left because Dalton played more than Dastrup for some
unexplainable reason which was a mistake by Rose."Let me explain
the half I understand. Dastrup was a stiff. He was soft and for some odd
reason couldn't seem to pick up the offense of move his feet on defense.
He was soft, and out of position on defense. His only upside was that he was a
big that had a decent stroke from 3. But if the rest of Rose's 4-guard
offense were also hunting 3's, you didn't need it.The half
I don't get is playing Nixon or Worthington.....although you have to play
somebody in the middle...
Same team, same results. If you want to win on the big stage, you have to
recruit with the big boys. Gonzaga does it. BYU does not do it. BYU lacks
athletes who can guard and score.
I'm a little disappointed in the article. I was hoping there would be some
mention of who might be replaced if they add players.
Y ask Y:USU Eastern, located in Price, was formerly known as College
of Eastern Utah. Despite the name change, it's still a JC.
One would think reading these articles/threads byu-p were on the brink of
finally breaking the FF-barrier.Go Utes!
"Utah State University Eastern"What?
I must be missing something. Isn’t Toolson the only significant change
to last season’s roster? Is he really that good? I sure hope so. The returning seniors haven’t really proven they can do much of
anything in regards to “special”. I really hope Pope can turn the
ship around over the next couple years. I’m not buying all the
hype. Not this year. Not yet.
If Coach Pope can get another big that’s better than Dalton Nixon I can
see letting Dalton go. Too bad Dastrup transferred. The new staff could have
helped him be a better player. The irony is Dastrup left because Dalton played
more than Dastrup for some unexplainable reason which was a mistake by Rose.
Glad we have a new coaching staff. Go Cougs!
Where's the beef?
Looks like the DNews portion of the season ticket sales drive is in full swing.
When does the season start?
There's a good vibe emanating from the Marriott Center . . .
One of the better players on the team will be the Taylor Miller kid out of Las
Vegas. Mark it down.
Sanefan Come on. I have been reading daily about the new and
improved cougars. They are going all the way.
Definitely not a Final 4 team, maybe not even at Tourney team but, they will
beat Utah AGAIN! Mark it down.
Take note...it's u fans saying that, not BYU fans.
After reading all of the hype I think BYU is a final 4 team.
@ CV: Didn't you mean that BYU is loaded up to beat Ur team???Oh, yeah, that's right. This will be the 3rd time in a row!!!Ha. Ha. Ha. (That's three of those for you too!)
I bet they win 47 games this year.
There is no doubt that Emery and Pope have worked hard to develop a
relationship. The crucial difference between Emery and Rose as opposed to Emery
and Pope is that Pope owes Emery nothing. Rose brought Emery and his Coach at
LP to BYU. Lewis is not on Pope's staff. Many BYU fans questioned the
playing time given to Emery last season. If Emery is not playing up to the
expectations of the new staff they will have no qualms about giving his playing
time to someone else...for instance...someone they are familiar with as far as
his production, committment and effort is concerned.
I can't remember the last time we've had so many seniors on one team.
That will make a difference. So will adding an All-American (Toolson).Pope has talked about using analytics to put players in their best positions
for success and I think that by itself is a significant improvement over last
year. We were deep into the season last year and Rose made the comment that he
still didn't have a feel for his players and who worked best together.Pope and his staff are putting a lot of time in during the off-season
studying film and analyzing data. Here's hoping that work translates into a
better scheme that is centered on maximizing the strengths of our returning
I have got to admit that they look loaded. They are probably loaded enough to
place 3rd in the WCC. Oh wait...they have done that before.