Men's Basketball Blog

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!"

Haws scores 12 as USA routs Russian professional club UNICS

Jul 04, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:34 pm | Updated: July 4, 2013 3:41 pm | Permalink

KAZAN, Russia -- Tyler Haws and the USA World University Games squad celebrated the 4th of July in style with a 94-60 victory over Russian professional team UNICS in Basket Hall 1.

Haws came off the bench to score 12 points, grab three rebounds and record two steals. He was one of team USA's more efficient players on the offensive end as he hit 3 of 5 from the field and all six of his attempts from the charity stripe. Haws was one of six players in double figures as Luke Hancock (Louisville) had 14 points, Doug McDermott (Creighton) scored 13 and Treveon Graham (VCU), Will Sheehey (Indiana) and Aaron White (Iowa) all tallied 11 points apiece.

Graham also led the team with eight rebounds and Yogi Ferrell dished out a team-high eight assists.

Haws sent me a short email after the game saying that "it's an honor (to represent the USA on the 4th of July)! We are blessed to live in America. It's been really cool meeting and seeing different people from different countries. I've been impressed with how fun to be around everybody is."

More from USA Basketball Game Story | Box Score | Additional Quotes | Photo Gallery

Team USA will hold one more scrimmage tomorrow against Russia at 8:30 p.m. in Kazan in the Main Arena. Opening Ceremonies for the 2013 World University Games will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Kazan.

USA WUG Coach Bob McKillop on his team

Jul 03, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:19 pm | Permalink

USA head coach Bob McKilllop (Davidson College) on his team.

On Tyler Haws:
“I understand why he scored 20-plus points a game. He has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. His short-range game is superb.”

On Spencer Dinwiddie:
“Spencer has emerged as a valuable point guard for us. He can play three different spots and is able to get his shot. He could be the catalyst for setting the tone for our defense.”

On Yogi Ferrell:
“Yogi is quick and gets the ball up the court, which is very important to our running game. He has shot the ball very well in the first week.”

On Treveon Graham:
“Treveon is a warrior. He has a high motor and is constantly in pursuit of the ball. He runs hard and clearly is capable of playing the three-spot as well as the four-spot.”

On Luke Hancock:
“There are no questions why he was the MVP in the National Championship game. He is a dead-eye shooter, crafty with the ball and really knows how to play the game.”

On Cory Jefferson:
“Cory could be that shot-blocker for us. If he runs, rebounds and defends, he will be a very valuable member of this team.”

On Sean Kilpatrick:
“Sean is instant offense and still capable on the other end of the court of being a lock-down defender. “

On Alex Kirk:
“Alex really uses his size, and his girth and his arm extension to rebound and outlet the ball very well. He is going to get opportunities to finish inside and could really be a great advantage for us if he does that.”

On Doug McDermott:
“Doug is clearly a player of the year candidate who knows the international game and knows the American game. He puts points on the board. He is a leader and a consummate pro. “

On Adreian Payne:
“Adreian is getting better and better in the short time that we have been with him. He runs hard, wants to do the right thing and works to do the right thing. He has terrific length and an outstanding touch with the ball.”

On Will Sheehey:
“Will is a great teammate. He connects the front court with the back court. He is high-energy and runs the court very well. He is a face-up shooter, so you can’t cheat off of him.”

On Aaron White:
“Aaron is a jack of all trades. Somehow he finds ways to get tips, to get rebounds, to get put backs. He runs the court, uses his body very well and is very aggressive.”

*Special thanks to the Haws family for the photo