National media taking notice

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton on November 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

BYU basketball has received a lot of positive attention in the early going, especially from the national media.

ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman recently ranked the nation’s top 10 freshman and has BYU big man Eric Mika at No. 9. Goodman on Mika: ‘The Utah native entered the program with plenty of hype, and has already begun to live up to it.’ Goodman quotes an NBA executive who said: “He’s athletic, tough, runs the court well for their fast-paced offense and is a strong enough body to bang already. He’s got a decent post-up game against the right matchup. He plays really hard and physical -- which is rare for a freshman big man.”

Bruce Pearl, also of ESPN.com, created a list of the top 10 most underrated teams. He has the Cougars at No. 9. He says BYU has ‘one of the quickest and most potent offenses in the country. BYU’s speed is relentless, it shoots more than 50 percent as a team and has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.’ Pearl adds that ‘Kyle Collinsworth ... reminds me of a bigger Michael Carter-Williams (rookie with the Philadelphia 76ers).’

Seth Greenberg or ESPN.com also has a top 10 list, ranking the best 'blend' players in college basketball. He lists sophomore guard Kyle Collinsworth at No. 2 on the list, saying he is 'one of the most versatile players in college basketball. He has the ability to play four positions offensively and defensively, and is a small forward with a high basketball IQ and unique skill set. Collingsworth is big and strong enough to defend power forwards, evidenced by his eight rebounds per game. He’s also skilled enough to hand out over six assists a game.'