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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.”

 

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!"