Men's Basketball Blog | July 2013

Haws making connections in Kazan

Jul 15, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:31 pm | Updated: July 15, 2013 12:36 pm | Permalink

World traveler and BYU Cougar Tyler Haws will wrap up his tour in Kazan, Russia, tomorrow when Team USA takes on Finland in the 9th/10th place game at the World University Games at 5 a.m. MT. After a disappointing end to pool play, Team USA has rebounded with back-to-back wins over Norway and Germany to earn a spot in the championship of the classification bracket.

Along the way, Haws has had a chance to meet and interact with athletes from all over the world. Among the people he's met are a group of athletes from the Philippines, where Haws served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2010 to 2012. See the photo below.

Haws also met a former Cougar in Kazan in Dr. Blake Boggess, the team physician for Team USA. Boggess competed on the BYU track team (1990, 1994-96) as a distance runner and graduated in 1996. He is currently a sports medicine phyisician at Duke Medical Center in North Carolina. In Kazan, Dr. Boggess organized a medical meeting for all the medical staff at the games to teach best practices for managing injuries in elite athletes. Haws and Dr. Boggess attended the Kazan Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 7.

On the eve of the World University Games opener for USA Basketball

Jul 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:04 pm | Updated: July 6, 2013 11:25 pm | Permalink

With Tyler Haws and his teammates ready to open the World University games on Sunday, here are a few highlights from the opening ceremonies and a great feature from KSL 5 on Tyler and his father Marty.

Haws and his teammates participated in the opening ceremonies of the World University Games on Saturday. His teammate Luke Hancock of Louisville was the flag bearer for the U.S. delegation of more than 300 athletes.

Haws Tweeted the following:

"wow!!! opening ceremonies was awesome... Russia did a great job!! very cool to be apart of"

He also Tweeted a shot of himselft from before the games: "Opening ceremonies tonight!! ya like the outfit?"

Visit usabasketball.com for more shots from the opening ceremonies.

The day after Haws was selected by Bob McKillop and the USA coaching staff, KSL's Greg Wrubell sat down with Tyler and Marty Haws to discuss Tyler making the World University Games roster and the hard work that was required to make the dream a reality. Watch the video on KSL.com.

More from Haws in Kazan, opening ceremonies tonight

Jul 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:33 am | Permalink

Check out a few photos from Tyler Haws off the court in Kazan, Russia. The World University Games opening ceremonies are tonight and games start tomorrow. The USA opens with United Arab Emirates on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET on ESPN3.com.

"With Russian dancers... way hot outside!! Not sure how they are doin this... that's Will Sheehey from Indiana."

"My pins so far at the games.... gotta keep gettin them!!!"

"In the middle of the university village!!! Reppin that Tom Holmoe 46 baby. Ha!"

Haws scores 12 as USA routs Russian professional club UNICS

Jul 04, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:34 pm | Updated: July 4, 2013 3:41 pm | Permalink

KAZAN, Russia -- Tyler Haws and the USA World University Games squad celebrated the 4th of July in style with a 94-60 victory over Russian professional team UNICS in Basket Hall 1.

Haws came off the bench to score 12 points, grab three rebounds and record two steals. He was one of team USA's more efficient players on the offensive end as he hit 3 of 5 from the field and all six of his attempts from the charity stripe. Haws was one of six players in double figures as Luke Hancock (Louisville) had 14 points, Doug McDermott (Creighton) scored 13 and Treveon Graham (VCU), Will Sheehey (Indiana) and Aaron White (Iowa) all tallied 11 points apiece.

Graham also led the team with eight rebounds and Yogi Ferrell dished out a team-high eight assists.

Haws sent me a short email after the game saying that "it's an honor (to represent the USA on the 4th of July)! We are blessed to live in America. It's been really cool meeting and seeing different people from different countries. I've been impressed with how fun to be around everybody is."

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Team USA will hold one more scrimmage tomorrow against Russia at 8:30 p.m. in Kazan in the Main Arena. Opening Ceremonies for the 2013 World University Games will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Kazan.

USA WUG Coach Bob McKillop on his team

Jul 03, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:19 pm | Permalink

USA head coach Bob McKilllop (Davidson College) on his team.

On Tyler Haws:
“I understand why he scored 20-plus points a game. He has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. His short-range game is superb.”

On Spencer Dinwiddie:
“Spencer has emerged as a valuable point guard for us. He can play three different spots and is able to get his shot. He could be the catalyst for setting the tone for our defense.”

On Yogi Ferrell:
“Yogi is quick and gets the ball up the court, which is very important to our running game. He has shot the ball very well in the first week.”

On Treveon Graham:
“Treveon is a warrior. He has a high motor and is constantly in pursuit of the ball. He runs hard and clearly is capable of playing the three-spot as well as the four-spot.”

On Luke Hancock:
“There are no questions why he was the MVP in the National Championship game. He is a dead-eye shooter, crafty with the ball and really knows how to play the game.”

On Cory Jefferson:
“Cory could be that shot-blocker for us. If he runs, rebounds and defends, he will be a very valuable member of this team.”

On Sean Kilpatrick:
“Sean is instant offense and still capable on the other end of the court of being a lock-down defender. “

On Alex Kirk:
“Alex really uses his size, and his girth and his arm extension to rebound and outlet the ball very well. He is going to get opportunities to finish inside and could really be a great advantage for us if he does that.”

On Doug McDermott:
“Doug is clearly a player of the year candidate who knows the international game and knows the American game. He puts points on the board. He is a leader and a consummate pro. “

On Adreian Payne:
“Adreian is getting better and better in the short time that we have been with him. He runs hard, wants to do the right thing and works to do the right thing. He has terrific length and an outstanding touch with the ball.”

On Will Sheehey:
“Will is a great teammate. He connects the front court with the back court. He is high-energy and runs the court very well. He is a face-up shooter, so you can’t cheat off of him.”

On Aaron White:
“Aaron is a jack of all trades. Somehow he finds ways to get tips, to get rebounds, to get put backs. He runs the court, uses his body very well and is very aggressive.”

*Special thanks to the Haws family for the photo

Haws and the USA WUG team arrive in Russia

Jul 03, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:10 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws and the USA Basketball Men's World University Games team arrived in Kazan, Russia, on Wednesday. Haws, his teammates and coaches departed Denver on Monday and had layovers in Washington D.C. and Istanbul, Turkey, before arriving at their final destination. See below for some videos and photos from Haws.