BYU Athletics Blog | October 2013

Boom Shakalaka: Women's team participants announced

Oct 16, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:57 pm | Updated: October 17, 2013 5:42 pm | Permalink

At Boom Shakalaka: The BYU Basketball Showcase, four members of the women’s basketball team will compete alongside the men in the Skills Challenge.

Representing the women will be senior guard Kim Beeston, sophomore guard Lexi Eaton, freshman guard Makenzi Morrison and junior guard Stephanie Rovetti. Eaton was BYU’s leading scorer at 15.6 points per game last season before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. She was the WCC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2011-12.

Beeston has averaged 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists while starting every game each of the last two seasons. Rovetti saw valuable minutes at guard as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12 but sat out last season with an ACL injury. Morrison is a redshirt freshman out of Alta High School.

The pairings for the Skills Challenge are listed below. Each team will also include a fan participant. The fans will be announced on Thursday and Friday.

Haws and Mika make CBS top 100 player ranking

Oct 16, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 2:24 pm | Permalink

Gary Parrish, Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander of CBS ranked the top 100 college basketball players for the 2013-14 season and two Cougars made the list.

Junior Tyler Haws was ranked 34th and freshman Eric Mika was 98th. Only eight teams had more than BYU's two players ranked in the top 100. Haws is the fourth best junior player in the country as ranked by the trio of college basketball writers. He was behind Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie, Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross and North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo. Mika is the 15th best freshman.

Kentucky had seven players ranked, while Louisville and Michigan State each had four, and five others had three. Of the 18 teams with two players each, BYU's two players averaged a ranking of 66, the 13th highest, tied with LSU. 

BYU was one of just seven teams to have multiple players ranked that included at least one freshman. Kentucky had six freshmen ranked, Kansas had three, while Duke, Arizona, Indiana and LSU each had one. The Cougars were the only team to have a combination of a junior and a freshman.

BYU's opponents this season also had players ranked in the top 100. The Cougars potential game against Wichita State in the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic would have the highest ranked player in No. 22 Cleanthony Early. Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos is ranked 41st, Chaz Williams of UMass is 58th, Stanford's Dwight Powell is 67th, Iowa State has Melvin Ejim 72nd and Georges Niang 95th, Oregon's Mike Moser is 78th and Loyola Marymount's Anthony Ireland is 99th.

Pangos and Ireland are the only other West Coast Conference players ranked and no other WCC team had more than a single player ranked.

Boom Shakalaka: Travis Hansen, Dunk Contest judge

Oct 16, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:39 am | Updated: October 16, 2013 11:43 am | Permalink

We have announced 2013 Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell, former Cougar Mike Hall and Studio C star Jason Gray as Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest judges.

Today we're excited to announce another former Cougar, Travis Hansen, as a judge.

Travis Hansen played for BYU from 2000 to 2003 and averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. He led the Cougars to an NIT bid in 2002 and to the NCAA Tournament in 2003. After earning second-team All-MWC as a junior, Hansen was named first-team All-MWC, Co-Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-District. Following his BYU career, Hansen was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played one year in the NBA before enjoying a successful career overseas in the top leagues in Spain and Russia. Hansen now runs the Little Heroes Foundation and is an entrepreneur.

2013-14 College Basketball Preview Magazines

Oct 15, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:09 pm | Permalink

Following are summaries of several 2013-14 preview magazines.

Athlon Sports: America’s Premier Sports Publisher, College Basketball

BYU guard Tyler Haws was selected to the 2013-14 Athlon Sports Preseason All-America Second Team. Haws was seventh in the nation in scoring and led the West Coast Conference at 21.7 points per game.

BYU is projected to come out second in the West Coast Conference behind conference foe Gonzaga. Freshman Eric Mika has high expectations in filling the vacancy of Brandon Davies with returning players Nate Austin and Josh Sharp. Freshman Luke Worthington is also expected to be a part of the rotation. The backcourt will be filled with returning players, Tyler Haws, Matt Carlino, Anson Winder and Kyle Collinsworth, who returned from his two-year LDS mission. Haws will have the spotlight on him as to where he can take the Cougars this upcoming season in hopes of getting back into the NCAA tournament.

Eric Mika was ranked 39th in the 2013-14 recruiting report, while Nick Emery and Braiden Shaw, both serving LDS missions, were ranked 63rd and 223rd, respectively, in the class of 2013.

 

Lindy’s Sports: College Basketball

The West Coast Conference is ranked ninth out of 32 conferences with BYU being picked to finish second in the conference behind Gonzaga.

Tyler Haws is ranked fourth in the nation’s “Top Shooting Guards” category and is a candidate to lead the country in scoring. He’s also on the all-conference first team after finishing the 2012-13 season as the league’s leading scorer (21.7) and tenth in rebounding (4.6). Matt Carlino, fourth in assists (4.8) in the WCC last season, is in the all-conference third team with Kyle Collinsworth.

John Blanchette: “Tyler Haws is the league’s toughest checking assignment night in and night out… not just because he could score, but because he was so consistent.”

Prediction: “Freshmen bigs Eric Mika and Luke Worthington make big contributions and Cougars return to NCAAs.”

BYU was ranked 13th in national recruiting with Eric Mika ranked 48th and Nick Emery ranked 62nd in the Top 100 Incoming Freshman: Class of 2013.

 

Sporting News: College Basketball

BYU was ranked 15th in the Top 100 Incoming Recruiting Classes with Eric Mika ranked 33rd in the Top 247 Incoming Freshmen chosen by 247Sports. Nick Emery, brother of former Cougar Jackson Emery, is ranked 72nd and Braiden Shaw is ranked 219th; both are serving LDS missions before joining the team.

 

USA TODAY Sports: College Basketball Countdown

USA Today Sports ranked BYU No. 42 highlighting Tyler Haws’ sophomore season, when he averaged 21.7 points and shot 48.3 percent from the field. Haws will most likely contend for the WCC Player of the Year honors with Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos. Eric Mika, who is replacing Brandon Davies may be “perhaps the best rookie in all the WCC.” The Cougars are also projected to be a No. 10 seed in the USA Today Sports preseason NCAA tournament bracket.

 

ESPN Insider 2013-14 Preview: BYU Cougars

The Cougars are projected to finish second in the WCC and will be led by junior guards Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino. Freshman Eric Mika, a four-star center, and Luke Worthington, a three-star power forward, will also be expected to make a significant impact inside.

“One of the most intriguing facets of this season’s team will be the reintegration of 6-foot-6 guard Kyle Collinsworth… With the influx of new talent and returning leaders, the Cougars will almost assuredly return to the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in eight years.”

 

ESPN’s Men’s College Basketball Nation Blog, You Gotta See This: WCC

Eamonn Brennan: Before Saint Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova’s desparate heave for the victory, BYU guard Tyler Haws made “a face-meltingly beautiful wrong-footed floater… [that] should have given the Cougars the win. It was an incredible shot and, nine times out of 10, the winning one.”

Haws averaged 21.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals and set BYU records for sophomores, including most total points (780), best scoring average (21.7) and most games with 20 or more points (25). “Haws not only did a lot; he did a lot well.” BYU will be worth watching with up-tempo offense and Haws scoring lights out. 

Boom Shakalaka: Jason Gray, Dunk Contest judge

Oct 15, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:56 pm | Permalink

We have announced 2013 Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell and former Cougar Mike Hall as Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest judges. This afternoon we're excited to announce Jason Gray of BYUtv's Studio C as a judge.

Jason Gray is one of the stars of BYUtv's sketch comedy show Studio C. He was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Jason has five brothers and no sisters, which depending on perspective, can be considered a blessing or a curse. In high school he made a short sketch video called “Sean Connery’s 7 Tips to Dating For Fools” and has been hooked on comedy ever since. Jason met his lovely wife on a double date. Funny thing is, she was not with him, but with his roommate. Despite this they have all remained good friends. He served a mission in Argentina and on the last day of his mission he fell into the mission president’s pool after a piñata mishap. Besides writing and performing sketch comedy he enjoys sports and the outdoors. He has a mild obsession with Batman and if you want to get on his good side fast, tell him he looks like Heath Ledger and he will love you forever.

Check out some of Jason's Studio C work below or visit BYUtv.org to watch full episodes.

Boom Shakalaka: Marissa Powell, Dunk Contest judge

Oct 15, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:43 am | Updated: October 15, 2013 10:01 am | Permalink

Yesterday we announced Mike Hall as our first judge for the Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest. Today we introduce our second judge, Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell.

Marissa Powell is Miss Utah USA 2013, 3rd runner-up in the Miss USA 2013 pageant and Miss Photogenic USA 2013. She is a singer, a model and an actress. She has performed in many venues but her favorite was singing the National Anthem at the ReaL Salt Lake Rocky Mountain Cup for 10,000 people. She has appeared on the ABC show ‘What Would You Do?’ as a lead actress and has appeared as a guest on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, ‘E!News’ with Giuliana Rancic, ‘Inside Edition’ and on NBC’s ‘The Today Show’. She is currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah, as she continues her reign as Miss Utah USA 2013. Marissa is on the board of directors for Best Buddies Utah and works as an Ambassador for Healing Hands for Haiti, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing rehabilitation medicine to Haiti. She is also an advocate of adoption- she recently spoke at an event for Pound the Pavement for Parenthood – an organization that raises money for families to adopt a child into their home.

Boom Shakalaka: Mike Hall, Dunk Contest judge

Oct 14, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:01 am | Permalink

We will be announcing the Dunk Contest judges for Boom Shakalaka: The BYU Basketball Showcase, over the next several days. Our first judge is former Cougar Mike Hall.

Mike Hall played for the Cougars from 2003 to 2005 after transferring from Dixie State and averaged 13.3 points in his two season at BYU. He was the 2004 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Cougars to the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Known for his thunderous dunks, Hall's most memorable throw down was a dunk against Air Force that was the ESPN Play of the Day. Hall played professionally for several years overseas in Turkey, France, Austria and Japan and was the director of basketball operations for the BYU men's basketball team from 2010 to 2013.

BYU beats Georgia Tech 38-20

Oct 12, 2013 - Posted by Brittany Bivings at 8:28 pm | Permalink

BYU scored two touchdowns to Georgia Tech's one in the final quarter to secure its 38-20 victory.

In the first play of the quarter, Kyle Van Noy sacked the quarterback for a loss of 10 yards that forced Georgia Tech to attempt a field goal kick from the 42-yard line that missed wide left.

On the ensuing play, Taysom Hill was sacked for a loss of 10 yards and was sacked again two plays later for another loss of eight yards that forced the Cougars to punt.

After a Georgia Tech 1st down, Alani Fua intercepted a pass at the BYU 49-yard line and returned it 51 yards for the touchdown to extend the lead 31-13. A penalty was called on the play against BYU for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the Cougars were penalized 15 yards on the kick off. 

With just under seven minutes on the clock, Robertson Daniel forced a fumble that was recovered by Spencer Hadley at the BYU 31-yard line. Shortly after, Jamaal Williams carried the ball for 34 yards for the BYU 1st down. Algernon Brown rushed the ball for two plays totaling 22 yards for the touchdown, bringing the score to 38-13. 

Georgia Teach's receiver rushed the ball 55 yards to the BYU 11-yard line, putting the Cougars in position to score again. A complete pass into the end zone was the final scoring play of the game, leaving the score 38-20 in favor of the Cougars.

BYU remains up 24-13 after the third quarter

Oct 12, 2013 - Posted by Brittany Bivings at 7:37 pm | Permalink

Both BYU and Georgia Tech were scoreless in the third quarter. 

The third quarter was a battle of defenses. In the first drive of the quarter, Spencer Hadley sacked the quarterback on 3rd down for a loss of nine yards that forced the Yellow Jackets to punt just two minutes into the quarter. 

Georgia Tech punted a total of three times and had a turnover on downs. BYU punted four times in the quarter with one blocked by a Yellow Jacket. 

BYU up 24-13 at the half

Oct 12, 2013 - Posted by Brittany Bivings at 6:44 pm | Updated: October 12, 2013 6:45 pm | Permalink

BYU extended their lead 24-13 in the second quarter.

Georgia Tech was the first to score. After three incomplete passes, the Yellow Jackets attempted and made a field goal from the 37-yard line.

On BYU's next drive, Taysom Hill had two complete passes for a combined 42 yards. After two back-to-back penalties, kicker Justin Sorensen nailed a 23-yard field goal to extend its lead to 17-10.

Georgia Tech had three penalties for a total loss of 21 yards as well as two incomplete passes that led them to punt.

In their last scoring drive of the quarter, Hill had three more complete passes for a total 46 yards. Open for the touchdown, he ran the ball in to give the Cougars a lead of 24-10.

Kyle Van Noy had another big sack for a loss of five yards. After three more incomplete passes, the Yellow Jackets attempted a field goal from the 44 yard line for another three points.

Sorensen attempted a 52-yard field goal on the last play of the half that was just wide right.