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Photo album from Relay for Life

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:47 am | Permalink

The BYU basketball coaching staff participated in Relay for Life 2012 at Provo High School last week. Relay for Life is the biggest fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and is held in cities throughout the world. BYU Photo was there to capture some of the action. Check out the album on BYU basketball's facebook page.

2012-13 roster preview

Jul 31, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:07 am | Updated: August 28, 2012 9:32 am | Permalink

The roster for the 2012-13 men’s basketball season has been posted on BYUcougars.com. This season’s roster includes 16 players — 13 on scholarship and three non-scholarship players (returning senior Craig Cusick, returned missionary and redshirt freshman Kyle Rose and freshman Cooper Ainge). Here are some of interesting facts to help you get to know this season’s team.

Starting Experience

Nine players on the 2012-13 roster have starting experience (total of 178 starts) and four of those have started the majority of a single season (Brandon Davies, Tyler Haws, Brock Zylstra and Matt Carlino). By comparison, only four players had starting experience entering the 2011-12 season (total of 128 career starts) and one of those was Chris Collinsworth, who played just two games last season before sitting out the rest of the year with a knee injury. Despite fielding a roster that had few players with starting experience and included seven newcomers, coach Dave Rose led the 2011-12 Cougars to 26 wins and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

Name Career Starts
Brandon Davies 62
Tyler Haws 33
Brock Zylstra 28
Matt Carlino 24
Anson Winder 15
Chris Collinsworth 10
Craig Cusick 3
Stephen Rogers 2
Nate Austin 1

Statistics

The 2012-13 roster returns more statisically in every category except for blocks than the 2011-12 roster did from the previous season. It is also important to note that the numbers for entering 2012-13 do not include any statistics from Tyler Haws's freshman season in 2009-10, when he totaled 397 points, 146 rebounds, 54 assists, five blocks, 26 steals and made 25 3-pointers. He also made his final 48 free throw attempts, a BYU record streak he will look to add to this season.

Statistic Entering 2012-13 Entering 2011-12
Returning scoring 60.9% (1,660 of 2,727 points) 38.6% (1162 of 3,012 points)
Returning 3-point FGs 70.0% (163 of 233 3-point FGs) 26.0% (81 of 312 3-point FGs)
Returning rebounding 68.4% (921 of 1,347 rebounds) 60.0% (856 of 1,425 rebounds)
Returning assists 73.1% (438 of 599 assists) 33.3% (179 of 538 assists)
Returning blocks 57.8% (89 of 154 blocks) 82.0% (123 of 150 blocks)
Returning steals 72.0% (213 of 296 steals) 32.6% (97 of 298 steals)
Returning minutes 67.1% (4,369 of 7,000 minutes) 45.2% (3,379 of 7,474 minutes)

Newcomers

This season's roster includes four newcomers and two returning redshirt freshmen. The newcomers include Cooper Ainge (son of BYU legend Danny Ainge and brother of former Cougar point guard Austin Ainge), Agustin (Ambrosino (transfer from Salt Lake Community College), Cory Calvert (2012 5A MVP in the state of Colorado) and Raul Delgado (transfer from Western Nebraska Community College). The returning redshirt freshmen include Ian Harward (redshirt in 2011-12) and Kyle Rose (redshirt in 2009-10 prior to serving a mission in Salt Lake City). Here are some of the highlights for the newcomers.

  • Ainge averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior at Wellesley High School
  • Ambrosino averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 boards while shooting .498 from the field and .438 from three for a Salt Lake Community College team that went 22-9 in 2011-12
  • Calvert led Chaparral High School to the 2012 5A state title, a 25-3 record and was named the 5A MVP and all-state while averaging 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists
  • Delgado led Western Nebraska Community College to a 26-7 record, was named the Nebraska JC MVP and averaged 18.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while shooting .485 from the field, .433 from three and .768 from the free throw line

Position Breakdown

Point Guard Wing Post
Cooper Ainge 6-0 Fr. Cory Calvert 6-3 Fr. Agustin Ambrosino 6-8 Jr.
Cory Calvert 6-3 Fr. Raul Delgado 6-2 Jr. Nate Austin 6-11 So.
Matt Carlino 6-2 So. Tyler Haws 6-5 So. Chris Collinsworth 6-9 So.
Craig Cusick 6-2 Sr. Stephen Rogers 6-8 Sr. Brandon Davies 6-9 Sr.
Kyle Rose 6-0 Fr. Josh Sharp 6-7 So. Ian Harward 6-11 Fr.
      Anson Winder 6-3 So. Josh Sharp 6-7 So.
      Brock Zylstra 6-6 Sr.      

Cougars in NBA Summer League

Jul 20, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:34 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar and 2011 NCAA National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette concluded a successful week at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with a 19-point, five-assist performance in a 91-82 win over the Boston Celtics.

Fredette, a member of the Sacramento Kings, averaged 18.0 point, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Despite struggling shooting from the field, he averaged eight free throw attempts per game and shot 87.5 percent from the charity stripe.

Against the Houston Rockets Fredette posted his best scoring total with 30 points on 10 of 21 shooting.

Fredette's NBA Summer League Stats

Videos on NBA.com featuring Fredette

Trent Plaisted also participated in the Summer League with the Toronto Raptors. He averaged 3.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. His best game was against the Dallas Mavericks when he posted six points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Plaisted's NBA Summer League Stats

Rose featured in Coaches vs. Cancer commercial

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:12 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose is one of the featured coaches in a recent commercial for Coaches vs. Cancer. Rose has been involved with Coaches vs. Cancer his entire career and he was named a member of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council in April. The council assists Coaches vs. Cancer in its efforts to raise awareness and funding. The council also includes Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Roy Williams (North Carolina), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame).

The Cougars are also one of the featured teams in the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. BYU will host two games in Provo (Nov. 9 vs. Tennessee State and Nov. 13 vs. Georgia State) before playing two games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 16 and 17. The other teams that will play on Nov. 16 and 17 are Florida State, Notre Dame and Saint Joseph's. Matchups will be announced at a later date.

Mike Hall highlights

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:51 am | Permalink

Check this compilation of Mike Hall highlights. Hall is BYU's director of basketball operations and according to himself in the video, 'a nice dude.' Thanks to current Cougar Nate Austin (@RexosaurusRex) for posting this on Facebook.

Schedule tidbits

Jul 11, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:09 pm | Updated: July 11, 2012 5:10 pm | Permalink

With the nonconference slate for the 2012-13 BYU basketball season announced, here are some facts about the teams the Cougars will face in November and December.

  • BYU plays three-straight games against in-state opponents (Utah State-Dec. 5, Utah-Dec. 8, at Weber State-Dec. 15). The last time the Cougars played three-straight games against in-state foes was in 1992. After opening the 1992-93 season at home against Arizona State, BYU played at Utah State and at Weber State before returning to the Marriott Center to play Southern Utah.
  • During the nonconference season, BYU will play four or five teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. At the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Cougars will face two of the following three teams — Florida State, Saint Joseph's and Notre Dame. Florida State and Notre Dame both played in the big dance last season and Saint Joseph's played in the NIT. Other NCAA Tournament teams on the schedule include Montana, Iowa State and Baylor. Florida State and Iowa State both advanced to the Third Round while Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight and lost to eventual national champion Kentucky.
  • Four of BYU's opponents played in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, including Tennessee State, Georgia State, Utah State and Weber State. Tennessee State, Georgia State and Utah State were all eliminated by eventual champion Mercer. Weber State lost to WCC foe Loyola Marymount.
  • BYU's first four opponents won 20-plus games in 2011-12 and the Cougars will play nine teams during the nonconference season that won 20-plus games in 2011-12. Baylor won the most games at 30. 
  • Eight of BYU's nonconference opponents finished in the top three of their respective conferences. Montana was the Big Sky champion while Tennessee State (Ohio Valley) and Weber State (Big Sky) were second in their conferences and Florida State (ACC), Notre Dame (Big East), UT San Antonio (Southland West Division), Iowa State (Big 12) and Baylor (Big 12) were all third in their leagues.

Several of BYU's nonconference opponents were among the top teams in the NCAA in several statistical categories.

  • Georgia State was one of the top defensive teams in the NCAA in 2011-12: 11th in scoring defense (58.9), 4th in field goal percentage defense (38.0), 12th in blocks per game (5.4), 4th in steals per game (9.3) and 15th in turnover margin (+3.5)
  • Florida State was 5th in field goal percentage defense (38.1) and 7th in blocks per game (6.1)
  • Saint Joseph's was 2nd in blocks per game (7.1)
  • Notre Dame protected the ball as well as any team in the coutry as it was ranked 6th in assist turnover ratio (6th) and 3rd in turnovers per game (10.1). The Irish also fouled less than any other team in the country at 13.8 per game.
  • UT San Antonio relied heavily on 3-point shooting and was ranked 16th in 3-point field goals per game (8.5) and 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.4)
  • Iowa State was a few spots better than UT San Antonio in 3-point field goals per game (8.6)
  • Weber State was the best in the NCAA in free throw percentage (81.4), 7th in 3-point field goals per game (8.9) and 11th in turnovers per game (10.6).
  • Virginia Tech was 2nd in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.0)

Fredette to play in NBA Summer League

Jul 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:42 am | Permalink

Former Cougar and 2012 NCAA National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette will take his talents to Las Vegas for a week to play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Fredette will be joined by current Kings teammate Hassan Whiteside, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Thomas Robinson, and a collection of rookies and free agents.

As a rookie last season, Fredette averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds while shooting 36.1 percent from downtown and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. He posted a season-best 20 points in a loss to Memphis and went for 19 twice, vs. Minnesota and Denver.

The Kings will play five games in seven days beginning July 13 vs. Charlotte at 7 p.m. PT. Summer League games will be available online at Summer League Broadband.

See the official media release from the Kings below:

SACRAMENTO, CALIF., July 5, 2012 -- The Sacramento Kings will field a team to compete in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 13-19 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion. The Kings have participated in the last six NBA Summer Leagues. Sacramento will play five games in seven days, beginning with their first contest on Friday, July 13.

Nineteen players will be participating in the mini-camp in Sacramento from July 9-12 before the team opens its Summer League schedule against Charlotte on Friday. The team includes veterans Jimmer Fredette and Hassan Whiteside and the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Thomas Robinson, along with former Kings forward Darnell Jackson. Assistant Coaches Alex English and Bobby Jackson will be responsible for coaching the Kings’ summer league entry. Kings.com will provide comprehensive coverage of Summer League at Kings.com/offseason12. NBATV will televise all 60 NBA Summer League games, including 39 live. Games will also be available on digital platforms. Complete broadcast information will be released at a later date.

Tickets for the 2012 NBA Summer League are on sale and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS, through UNLVtickets.com or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office and UNLV Ticket Outlets. All general admission tickets are $25 for the day; seniors and children (3-12) are $15 for the day; and children two years and under are admitted free of charge.

2012 KINGS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent Time Arena TV
Friday July 13 vs. Charlotte 7:00 p.m. COX Pavilion NBA TV
Saturday July 14 vs. LA Lakers 5:00 p.m. COX Pavilion NBA TV
Monday July 16 vs. Houston 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center NBA TV
Wednesday July 18 vs. Toronto 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center NBA TV
Thursday July 19 vs. Boston 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center NBA TV

Tavernari enjoys successful season in Italy

Jul 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:35 am | Permalink

Former Cougar Jonathan Tavernari had a successful season in Italy playing for Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in the LegaDue.

Tavernari averaged 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 39.4 percent from downtown as Giorgio Tesi finished 18-10 in the regular season and advanced to the LegaDue Finals. Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia fell to Enel Brindisi 3-1 in the best-of-five series.

The native of Sao Bernardo, Brazil, joined Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia for the final 13 games of the regular season and averaged 9.8 points. He picked up his game in the playoffs, averaging 11.5 points while hitting 57.1 percent of his two-point field goals and 38.6 percent of his 3-point attempts.

One of his best performances came in the final game of the championship series as he posted 20 points, hit six threes and added five steals. He hit a three in all but two games and hit three-plus 3-pointers in 11 of 26 games.

Hartsock invited to Utah Jazz pre-draft workout

Jun 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:08 pm | Updated: June 16, 2012 3:15 pm | Permalink

Former BYU Cougar Noah Hartsock has been invited to a pre-draft workout with the Utah Jazz on Saturday at the Zions Bank Basketball Center. Hartsock was BYU's leading scorer this past season at 16.8 points per game and led the Cougars to a 26-9 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. He earned All-WCC and All-District honors. Here is the press release from the Jazz.

SALT LAKE CITY (June 15, 2012) – In preparation for the 2012 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz will hold pre-draft workouts on Saturday, June 16 at the team’s practice facility, Zions Bank Basketball Center (1414 South 500 West).  Six players will work out for the Jazz basketball staff.  Media availability will begin on the court immediately following the workout; media members are encouraged to arrive by 10:45 a.m. (MT).

Draft profiles for each player are attached and are also available via the Jazz’s online press room (http://pressroom.utahjazz.com).  High resolution headshots of each player are also provided through the site.  Please use the user name media and the password utahjazz to access the site.

Audio from the workouts will be available on the online press room shortly following each session.

The Jazz currently holds the 47th overall selection in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, which will take place on June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School
Kim English G 6-6 220 Missouri
Jorge Gutierrez G 6-3 195 California
Noah Hartsock F 6-8 230 BYU
Robbie Hummel F 6-8 215 Purdue
Toure' Murry G 6-5 195 Wichita State
Malik Wayns G 6-2 200 Villanova

Chris Miles doing good on and off the court

Jun 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:52 pm | Updated: June 18, 2012 10:51 am | Permalink

The Deseret News posted an article online today about former Cougar big man Chris Miles. The 6-foot-11 center is coming off a successful season with the Hanau White Wings in Germany where he averaged 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds. He helped Hanau to a 13-9 record and a spot in the postseason. 

According to Dick Harmon's Deseret News article, Miles attended a major workout in Chicago in front of NBA scouts and was told that he stood out. With the Jazz, Knicks, Hornets and Lakers in attendance, here's hoping Miles gets a shot with an NBA team.

The main focus of Harmon's article was the charity work Miles is involved with. Miles is working with TSXL to benefit the Eaton Alliance, which assists people with autism. Miles and TSXL will host a gourmet dinner and auction at The Manor at the Shops at Riverwoods on June 25 at 5:30 p.m. BYU coach Dave Rose will be the guest speaker and vacations, sports equipment, hunting and fishing trips and more will be auctioned off. Visit www.truesportsmanxl.com for more information.

Check out this article written by Harmon when Miles was playing for BYU. Miles has two younger brothers who are autistic and he was very involved in caring for his brothers while growing up.