Men's Basketball Blog

Cosic Hall of Fame induction

Jun 08, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:46 pm | Updated: June 8, 2012 4:04 pm | Permalink

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today uploaded several induction speaches to its YouTube page today. One that was uploaded was the induction of the late Kresimir Cosic, one of BYU's all-time greats and one of the most influential figures in the history of basketball in Europe. Cosic was enshirned to the Hall of Fame as part of the class of 1996.

His wife Ljerka accepted the nomination and induction and gives a touching account of his life. The video is worth the eight minutes it takes to watch.

For those that prefer to read instead of watching, here are some highlights. Ljerka discussed Kresimir's great basketball career and his greatness as a man. She mentioned how he was a a caring husband and father and talked about his courage to live as a man of God and a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the communist era in eastern Europe.

"Kreso wasn't just a great basketball player and coach. He was also a man of God, a believer and a patriot. A wonderful husband and a kind father."

"In the communist era he had the courage to be a believer. A Mormon, a time when worship of God was dangerous for an ordinary person, let alone for a public figure of his stature."

"Kreso's imagination set him apart. It was as if he was of another day and age, a true visionary."

Cosic was a visionary player and has been called the "first great international player to play college basketabll in the United States (Billy Packer)." He was an All-American (the first non-American to earn the distinction), All-WAC and led BYU to two WAC titles and two NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. He turned down multiple offers to play in the NBA to serve as an ambassador for the game in Europe. As a player he won three Olympic medals as a member of the Yugoslavian National Team — two silver and one gold. He then served as the coach of the Yugoslavian National Team for many years and guided the team to a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Following coaching he served as a Croatian diplomant at the embassy in Washington, D.C. He died in 1995 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Ljerka shared a great quote from Kresimir during the inducation that sums up the way Cosic played and the way he felt about the game of basketball:

"The thrill of the game is in pure competition, not in the competition that money buys." 

Cosic is also a member of the Cougar Club Hall of Fame.

Cosic's jersey was retired by BYU on March 4, 2006.

LDS Church News article on Cosic.

Successful season ends for Cummard

May 21, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:53 pm | Updated: May 21, 2012 1:54 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard's first professional season in Japan came to an end today as his team, Kyoto Hannaryz fell 75-66 to the Yokohama B-Corsairs in the third-place game for the bj-league. Cummard helped Kyoto to a third-place finish in the Western Conference and 35-21 overall. He finished the season averaging 10.6 points, 5.1 boards and 3.1 assists

Prior to joining Kyoto, Cummard played two seasons in France for Fos Ouest. He starred for the Cougars from 2005 to 2009 and helped BYU to three conference titles and three NCAA Tournament bids. He averaged 12.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists for his career. As a junior he was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and he earned first-team All-MWC honors as a junior and senior.

Marriott Center Update-5/18/12

May 18, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:44 pm | Updated: May 21, 2012 12:13 pm | Permalink

The project to install new chairs at the Marriott Center and renovate the locker rooms is well underway. The first new concrete was poured in the Marriott Center this morning. See photos below of the progress being made.

Rose Speaks at NABC Coaches Clinic

Mar 29, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:09 pm | Permalink

Each year basketball coaches from around the country gather at the Final Four for numerous activites organized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The attachd photo is of BYU head coach Dave Rose speaking at this year's NABC Coaches Clinic in New Orleans.

BYU Hall of Famer Harold Christensen Passes Away

Mar 28, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:52 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Harold Christensen, a starter on the 1951 NIT Championship team and a member of the Cougar Club Hall of Fame, died Tuesday at the age of 80.

Prior to coming to BYU, Christensen was a star for B.Y. High School. He was selected to play in the 1949 High School All-Star Game in Kentucky and was named a high school All-American. At BYU, Christensen helped the Cougars win the 1951 NIT, earned all-conference honors in 1952 and 1953 and played in the 1953 East-West All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Christensen graduated from BYU in 1954 with a degree in mathematics and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force until 1958. He earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 1960 and then worked as a civil engineer in Salt Lake City.

From 1981 to 1984 Christensen served as mission president of the California Fresno LDS Mission. He is survived by his wife Joanne, seven children, 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Three of the couple's sons — Craig, Kurt and Todd — also played basketball at BYU.

Funeral services will be Monday at noon at the Foothill Stake Center, 1933 S. 2100 East.

Credit: Deseret News and Cougarclub.com

Christensen's Hall of Fame bio.

Chris Miles Highlights

Mar 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:40 am | Permalink

In honor of a guy who helped BYU defeat Florida in double-overtime in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, ending BYU's 17-year drought of winning a tournament game, here are highlights of Chris Miles playing in Germany. Miles is in his second season with the Hanau White Wings and is averaging 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds. Enjoy.

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 3/4/12

Mar 05, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:22 pm | Permalink

Episdoe 12 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, March 4. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on KSL.com.

The Blaineys - Basketball Awards

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:06 pm | Permalink

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 2/26/12

Feb 27, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:33 pm | Permalink

Episdoe 11 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, Feb. 26. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on KSL.com.

'The Road to Las Vegas'

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:05 pm | Permalink

Check out Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies on the WCC's weekly show 'The Road to Las Vegas.'