The men’s basketball roster has been updated online. The Cougars must find a way to fill the shoes of do-it-all guard/forward Lee Cummard, who is currently a member of the Phoenix Suns NBA Summer League squad.
While replacing Cummard’s production and leadership will be difficult—he was the team’s leading scorer, shot blocker and free throw shooter and was second in assists and rebounds—BYU will have a very experienced roster in 2009-10. The Cougars return four starters including first-team All-MWC junior point guard Jimmer Fredette (16.2 ppg, 4.1 apg), third-team All-MWC senior forward Jonathan Tavernari (15.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg), junior guard Jackson Emery (7.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), who was named to the 2009 MWC All-Defensive Team, and senior center Chris Miles (7.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
Also back are BYU’s top-four bench players from 2008-09. Sophomore guard Charles Abouo (2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg in 08-09) is gaining international experience playing with the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) National Team this summer. Senior point guard Lamont Morgan, Jr. is also back after averaging 3.6 points and 1.8 assists and providing energy and a change of pace off the bench.
Post players James Anderson and Noah Hartsock will be sophomores in 2009-10. Anderson showed great potential in 2008-09 averaging 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds while adding 15 blocks in 27 games. He had a 10-point, seven-rebound and five-block game against Boise State and scored a career-best 16 points to go with seven boards against Colorado State at home.
Hartsock came on strong at the end of the season, coming up big late in the season. He had seven points and seven boards in a comeback win at San Diego State. In the MWC tournament against the Aztecs he had seven points, five boards and two blocks and in the NCAA Tournament against Texas A&M he posted a career-best 10 points.
Also returning are sophomore guard Michael Loyd, Jr., a contributor off the bench in 2007-08 who redshirted last season, and freshman guard/forward Brock Zylstra, who redshirted in 2006-07 before serving a two-year Church mission in New Zealand. Loyd, Jr., averaged 2.2 points and 1.2 assists while shooting .381 from downtown in 2007-08.
In addition to the returners the BYU coaching staff welcomes three recruits with winning pedigrees. Junior transfer Logan Magnusson comes to the Cougars from Salt Lake Community College where he helped the Bruins win the 2009 NJCAA Division I national title. At Wasatch High he won back-to-back state titles.
Tyler Haws is a freshman out of Lone Peak High School where he was Utah’s Mr. Basketball as a junior and senior, only the second player in state history to achieve that honor. He led Lone Peak to state titles as a sophomore and junior and a second-place finish his senior season.
Brandon Davies is a freshman out of Provo High School where he earned first-team all state honors his senior year. He helped lead Provo to state titles his sophomore and junior years and his senior season the Bulldogs took second.
From the 2008-09 team, BYU returns 74.5 percent of its point production, 76.3 percent of its rebounding production, 78.2 percent of its assists, 85.0 percent of its steals and 84.7 percent of its made threes.