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.