Men's Basketball Blog | 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.

Articles from Media Day

Oct 10, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 12:08 pm | Updated: October 10, 2013 9:13 pm | Permalink

On Oct. 8, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day. BYU head coach Dave Rose spoke with the media as did all 13 players. Listed below is what the media came up with, including a long mic check.

BYU's Rose: 2013-14 hoopsters 'energetic, passionate, very young' KSL

*This link includes audio of Dave Rose, Eric Mika, Luke Worthington, Nate Austin, Frank Bartley IV, Kyle Collinsworth, Matt Carlino, and Skyler Halford.

BYU Basketball: Cougars have high expectations for freshman Eric Mika Deseret News

BYU Basketball: Young Cougars will work on defense as 2013-14 season approaches Salt Lake Tribune

BYU Basketball: On guard-dominated team, incoming center Mika has high expectations placed on him Provo Daily Herald

Media Day Mic Check KSL

Practice picks up the pace

Oct 08, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 5:26 pm | Permalink

With practice starting, the BYU men's basketball team is getting up to speed -- literally. There's a lot more to head coach Dave Rose's system than just running, but whether it's called pace, transition, speed or up-tempo it's the first step in making everyone fit together on the court.

"Sometimes it's nice getting a break in the spring and summer," junior forward Josh Sharp said, "but that's the main part of our game, being able to run and push the ball."

Pushing the ball and running the court makes for extra opportunities on offense and is made much easier with an aggressive defense that causes turnovers. Getting everything working together can take the weeks of practice the basketball team has before its opener against Weber State on Nov. 8.

"We're playing a really fast pace and each day of practice we're executing a little bit more and more," junior forward Nate Austin said. "By the time we start playing games I think our team will look good. We're gelling well right now and our team is excited to play ball on the defensive end as well as on the offensive end."

Junior guard Matt Carlino said the fast pace makes it easier to get used to playing with the six new players. 

"The more and more we play the better we'll be," Carlino said. "It's way more fun and way more natural playing fast. If we can play like that I think we'll be great."

Of course, the new players knew what they were getting into, but they've still had some surprises. 

"At my last school we ran so I thought I'd be more used to it," freshman forward Eric Mika said, "but it's a lot more running than I ever did there. I wouldn't say it's the easiest thing, but every day I try to get a little better and a little more comfortable."

For Salt Lake Community College transfer Skyler Halford, the speed makes him feel much more comfortable.

"I love running up and down the floor," Halford said. "The pace we play at is the type of pace I like to play at and I play well in."

Freshman guard Frank Bartley IV enjoys learning at a fast pace. 

"I love how it's up-tempo all the time," Bartley said. "Our practice is up-tempo, we play up-tempo, everything we do is at a fast pace."

At the end of the day, the pace keeps player's minds off other things and helps make practice enjoyable.

"It adds an exciting aspect to the game," Austin said. "It's coach Rose's style, but it's fun. You can get up and go. It makes practices fun. It makes games fun. It helps us win games."

Rose talks about his health and the upcoming season

Sep 23, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:02 pm | Permalink

On Sept. 9, BYU basketball coach Dave Rose underwent surgery as part of his cancer treatment. On Saturday, Sept. 21, he addressed his health on the BYUtv and Cougar IMG Sports Network pregame shows prior to the BYU vs. Utah football game. Rose is expecting to be ready to coach when the team begins practice on Oct. 7.

“The good thing is, four and a half years ago, they took out a tumor the size of an orange, but this time, it was the size of a peanut. It’s an interesting way to live, but it’s kind of my life. The best part about it is that I’ve been feeling really good the last three or four days. I got to see the guys again and watch workout a couple times and we’ve been able to host our recruits as well.”

“Home is way better than the hospital. They were great in the hospital. I’ll never get into the situation I was in four and a half years ago.”

“I believe by Oct. 7 when we start practice that I’ll be back 100 percent and we’ll be ready to go. The next week or so I’ll take it how it goes. It’s not all that different from normal.”

“I miss a lot of time this time of year, because I’m usually on the road recruiting and so our coaches are doing a tremendous job of getting our guys ready for our practice. Things are in great hands and I’m really excited for this year’s team. I think that our guards are going to be terrific and we have really good, talented young big guys. It’s a good time to have young, talented big guys when you have experienced guards.”