- Cougars finished first in the West Coast Conference.
- Tyler Haws is named player of the conference.
- Tyler Haws leading scorer in West Coast Conference.
- Eric Mika receives newcomer of the year to WCC.
Looking at the upcoming season the Cougars are going to have the opportunity to be great- once again.Their schedule is tough enough to help them visit the tournament for the 7th time in the last 8 years. Here is a look at what I project to be the starting line-up for BYU this season.
Point Guard– Matt Carlino returns as the starter this season. Carlino was able to stabilize his game last season and played more consistently. Rose said throughout summer workouts Carlino has been very consistent and more “settled down”. He has developed a consistency that will allow him to be a leader on this team. Coach Rose has named Matt as one of the Team Captains this season.
Shooting Guard– Tyler Haws, Haws had a stellar year last year and is only going to get better. Expect a break-out season for Haws as he enters his Junior season. Haws is also listed as a Team Captain.
Small Forward-Kyle Collinsworth, Collinsworth returned from his mission from Russia over the summer and he is getting back in shape slowly. Coach Rose has said it’s been a bit harder for Collinsworth to get back in shape than it was for Haws last year. Collinsworth has been very vocal this off-season, and was also named as a team captain. His experience in the NCAA Tournament back when Jimmer Fredette lead the Cougars will benefit this BYU team immensely.
Power Forward- Nate Austin, As a near 7-footer Austin can stretch stretch the floor with his long jump shots- as well as having the ability to shoot from beyond 3-point range, this will help give space for Mika to work in the post. Austin’s post defense is better than the media believes. Davies taught him the art of taking a charge and he has become very good at drawing charges.
Center- Eric Mika, Eric Mika will be the new comer of the year. I think Mika is already better than Brandon Davies. BYU upgraded at the center position. Coach Rose said that the talented young big man will get a lot of possessions. “We will throw the ball to him in the post and just expect him to make a play”.
Rotational Players: Returners Josh Sharp and Anson Winder along with newcomers Chase Fischer (SG transfer from Wake Forest) and Luke Worthington. The back-up point guard will most likely be Collinsworth. Coach Rose has always liked the size advantage it gives his team when Collinsworth plays the point-forward. Frank Bartley (6’3″ freshman guard) might see some minutes at the PG. Also expect to see some big minutes on the wing from Skyler Halford (transfer from SLCC). Halford is a south paw that can drill the long ball. The Cougars are overloaded with talent at the shooting guard position, I expect Rose to use a lot of different rotations in the first few preseason games to see which group meshes best.