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Freshmen Debuts

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton on December 20, 2011 at 11:52 am | Updated: December 20, 2011 12:20 pm

Freshman guard Matt Carlino made his collegiate debut against No. 6 Baylor last Saturday and he did not disappoint, totaling 18 points, two assists, 1 block and 1 steal off the bench. He also hit four 3s as the Cougars almost pulled off the upset against the Bears.

Looking back through several box scores, Carlino had one of the better debuts by a BYU freshman in recent history. It’s probably fair to say that his debut is the best since Mike Rose dropped 26 points, eight 3s and six assists on Southern Utah on Nov. 21, 2003. To Carlino’s credit, he was playing a top-10 team in a close game. Rose’s performance came in a blowout of a team that finished 10-18 overall and 6-10 in the Mid Continent Conference.

Here is a list of some of the best debuts by BYU freshman in the program’s history. While Carlino was the only Cougar on the list to make his debut against a ranked team, I’d probably pick Shawn Bradley’s performance as the best for a freshman’s first game. If you can think of anyone else who may have had a great first game, let me know by email at or via Twitter at @kylechilton

As a side note, the best second game goes to Ainge. He posted a triple-double with 27 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and four steals against Long Beach State on Nov. 28, 1977. While his is the only game I checked, I think it’s fair to say he had the best second game by a freshman in BYU history.

Name Date Opponent Stats
Shawn Bradley 11/14/90 East Tennessee State 23 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, 8-15 FGs
Mike Rose 11/21/03 Southern Utah 26 points, 8-13 3-pointers, 6 assists
Russell Larson 11/26/91 Utah State 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 8-10 FGs 
Matt Carlino 12/17/11 No. 6 Baylor 18 points, 7-14 FGs, 4-8 3s, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal
Danny Ainge 11/26/77 UCLA 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Mark Bigelow 11/13/98 Wofford 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4-6 FGs
Devin Durrant 11/24/78 Hawaii 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal