Zylstra's Journey to Become BYU's Starting Shooting Guard

Jan 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton on January 19, 2012 at 12:20 am

With Brock Zylstra coming off yet another impressive outing (17 points, 5 3-pointers and 7 rebounds at San Diego), it’s time to highlight the great season he’s having and outline the path he’s taken to become BYU’s starting shooting guard:

2006-07 season

  • Redshirting as a non-scholarship player

2007-2009

  • Served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand

2009-10 season

  • Appeared in 20 games
  • Averaged 3.2 minutes, 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds

2010-11 season

  • Appeared in 29 games
  • Averaged 5.2 minutes, 1.1 points, 0.8 rebounds

2011 summer trip to Greece

  • Averaged 17.3 points and 6.0 rebounds
  • Scored 26 points vs. the Italian National Team and 27 points vs. ASE Doukas

2011-12 season

  • Has started all 20 games, including the first two at point guard and the next 18 at shooting guard
  • Averaging 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals
  • Shooting .504 from the field and .459 from three
  • Has scored in double figures five times, including three games with 20-plus points
  • From last season to this season, Zylstra's scoring average has increase 745.5 percent, minutes per game have increased 436.5 percent

Essentially, Zylstra has gone from a backup who played few meaningful minutes to a starter on a team in the thick of the race for first in the West Coast Conference. He remained patient, worked hard to improve his game and when the opportunity presented itself, he seized it. Here is what BYU head coach Dave Rose had to say about Zylstra on KSL Newsradio after the San Diego game.

"Brock is the kind of the guy that is at the core of our program. We have had really good players come through the program. There have been guys that have been really successful and always out in front. But Brock is like most of our guys. They come in and help our teams be really good in a secondary type of a role and then they get a night like tonight."

"These guys (players like Zylstra) pay their dues, know what our program's about and know how important these type of games are. The championships are won in the third, fourth weeks in January and these guys learn that and Brock was big tonight."