Men's Basketball Blog

Friday night scrimmage recap

Jun 28, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:16 pm | Permalink

COLORADO Springs, Colo. – BYU’s Tyler Haws did a little of everything in Friday’s scrimmage against a group of local Division II players at the USA World University Games training camp.

Haws scored five points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and had two steals as the USA World University Games (WUG) hopefuls won 114-61.

Coach Bob McKillop utilized all 15 players and had different lineups on the floor in each quarter. Haws first entered the contest in the second quarter and helped WUG to its most dominant period of the night. He hit a jumper and two free throws and had three assists as WUG out-scored the opposition 36-9.

Haws re-entered the game in the fourth quarter and on his first possession grabbed an offensive rebound and passed to Cory Jefferson for an easy bucket. He added two more rebounds and a steal in the fourth.

The final roster of 12 players is likely to be announced tonight.

Coach Bob McKillop

“We’re looking for guys who can fight through fatigue, guys who are unselfish, who want to be part of a team. We’re looking for guys who are tough, who’ll get long rebounds and 50-50 balls and of course skill. You need skill but they’re here because of their skill.”

“There were butterflies clearly tonight because of the pressure of the cut and because they’re playing in front of a number of people and playing a different opponent.”

“You’re trying to find out who can help us win games and who can fight through the temptation of being selfish and the temptation of being tired or the temptation of making a mistake. I think we saw that tonight. I think we got exposed from the standpoint of we made a lot of mistakes but I also liked the way we responded to those mistakes.”

“He (Tyler) continued to get better and better. He’s tough as nails, he gets those loose balls and he helps you win games.”

Tyler Haws

“We played against some D2 guys, some big, physical guys and I felt like our guys played really well.”

“I thought I was able to show some good things in my game and I think the coaches are going to make a decision tonight so we’ll see what happens.”

Goal coming into tonight:
“To be able to show that I can help the team win and to make winning plays. I think that’s what the coaches were looking for and hopefully I showed that. I feel like I had a few good assists, I knocked down a jumper and ran the floor well and tried to leave everything out there. Hopefully I can still be here tomorrow.”

Tyler Haws at the World University games

Jun 27, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:33 pm | Updated: June 28, 2013 9:00 am | Permalink

Training camp for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games continued Thursday morning at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tyler Haws had time to catch up with to talk about his experience so far.

The team is coached by Bob McKillop from Davidson and he is assisted by Frank Martin (South Carolina) and John Beillein (Michigan). See what Haws had to say after practice this morning.

Thursday's morning practice included numerous defensive drills and several halfcourt offensive drills. Haws helped his team win several drills by making key defensive stops, passes and shots. He'll be back at it today at 4:25 p.m. MT.

Tyler Haws

“It’s been intense. There are so many good players out here. It’s been a really good experience so far. I’ve learned a lot. Hopefully we can continue to play a few more days."

“Obviously I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable. The first day you knew names but you’d never really played against them before. It was fun to see where my game stood against those guys. I feel very comfortable out here and I feel I can play with anyone.”

“I love the coaches that are out here. You can tell they’ve been around the game a long time and have a lot of experience. I’ve learned, probably most importantly, to understand your game and make sure you don’t go outside of that. The guys here are so good that when you go outside of your game it doesn’t work. I’m a shooter so I’ve got to look for opportunities to get my shot and then just compete and work hard every play.”

“Every time you put the (USA) jersey on it is definitely special and something that I’ll never forget.”

“Everyone out here is a leader and they’re leaders on their teams. I feel like I’m learning a lot of leadership skills from them. I can also take away a lot of confidence after coming to something like this because you feel like you can play against anyone. These guys are the best in the country.”

Audio from Haws courtesy KSL

Audio from Bob McKillop

Audio from Frank Martin

More photos available on

Brandon Davies interview at NBA Draft Combine

May 17, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:11 pm | Permalink

Brandon Davies has been running through drills and strength and agility tests the last two days at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Davies' official measurements are listed below and his results from the strength and agility testing will be posted when they are made available. The interview below was taped and posted by @SLCDunk

Davies' measurements from the NBA Combine

  • Height w/o shoes: 6-8.5
  • Height w/shoes: 6-10.25
  • Weight: 241.8
  • Wingspan: 7-1.5
  • Reach: 9-0.5
  • Body fat: 8.6
  • Hand length: 9
  • Hand width: 11

Rose and Haws on BYUtv's True Blue

Apr 16, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:09 am | Updated: April 23, 2013 10:27 pm | Permalink

BYU coach Dave Rose and sophomore All-WCC guard Tyler Haws were on BYUtv's True Blue yesterday. The pair discussed this past season's NIT run and looked to the future with Haws, who set several BYU sophomore scoring records in 2012-13, coming back for his junior season and the return of Kyle Collinsworth from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia. As a freshman in 2010-11, Collinsworth averaged 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting .481 from the field. That season he helped the Cougars to a program-record 32 wins and a trip to the Sweet 16 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Day one in New York

Apr 01, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:20 pm | Permalink

These photos are a day late but not a dollar short. Check out some of the action from BYU's travel day on Easter Sunday to New York for the 2013 National Invitational Tournament semifinals. These great photos were taken by Jaren Wilkey of BYU Photo.

BYU basketball in the media before Tuesday

Apr 01, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:08 pm | Updated: April 1, 2013 2:11 pm | Permalink

The BYU basketball team is all set to play Baylor in the semifinals of the 2013 National Invitational Tournament in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT live on ESPN2.

Fans can tune into BYUtv at 6 p.m. EDT on Tuesday before the game to catch a special edition of "Countdown to Tip-off" with live coverage from Madison Square Garden.

Read up on what the Cougars have been doing in New York before the game in the local media, and see what the coaches and players are saying about the matchup.

Deseret News:
Cougars thrilled to be playing in NIT semifinals
ougars have impressive history with NIT
Cougars have found new life in NIT experience
BYU getting taste of the Big Apple

Salt Lake Tribune:
Video: BYU captains get a look at Times Square
Basketball season can be called success, players say
BYU deserves credit for motivated NIT play
Cougars stoked for return to NYC

Daily Herald:
BYU's Rose on late-season perspective
No April Fool's joke, BYU still playing basketball
Cougars take Manhattan

BYU vs. Washington media attention

Mar 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:04 pm | Updated: March 20, 2013 3:25 pm | Permalink

The BYU basketball team defeated Washington 90-79 in the first round of the 2013 National Invitational Tournament. Tyler Haws led all players with 37 points, his third game this season with 30-plus points, and added 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Brandon Davies and Matt Carlino also contributed double-figure points with 22 and 20, respectively. The Cougars downed the Huskies, in part, thanks to 57 points in the second half – tied for the most points BYU has scored in a half this season – and 58 percent shooting from the field. BYU advances to host a second round game in the Marriott Center against the winner of No. 2 seed Tennessee and No. 7 seed Mercer. The date, time and broadcast information will be announced in the coming days.

After the win, the team earned some well-deserved media attention. Below is a list of local and national media outlets that highlighted the Cougars. BYU handles Huskies, live to play another day

ESPN video: Scott Suggs rejected by Brandon Davies BYU 90, Washington 79

Deseret News: Cougars advance in NIT with 90-79 win over Washington
Deseret News: BYU wins, Twitter reacts

Salt Lake Tribune: Cougars run past Washington in NIT opener

The Washington Daily: BYU outguns UW in NIT first round

Daily Herald: Haws put on shooting clinic in NIT victory
aily Herald: BYU's "Big Three" gets rolling as Cougars start NIT with romp
Daily Herald video: New energy gives BYU boost over Washington 

The Seattle Times: BYU ends Huskies' season 
The Seattle Times blog: Washington falls to BYU

Former Cougar Gary Hill passed away on March 9, 2013

Mar 13, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:45 pm | Updated: March 13, 2013 5:12 pm | Permalink

Former BYU basketball player Gary Hill passed away on March 9, 2013. Hill played for the Cougars from 1964 to 1967 and was a member of the 1965-66 NIT Championship team. For his career, Hill averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 64 career games. During BYU's run to the 1966 NIT title, Hill contributed 7.7 points and 5.0 boards. As a senior in 1966-67 he increased his scoring average to 10.1 points per game.

For more on Hill, visit his obituary on

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 3/10

Mar 11, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:44 pm | Permalink

In the final KSL 5 TV coach's show, head coach Dave Rose gave a full recap of last week's West Coast Conference tournament loss to San Diego. 

"I felt bad for our guys - we had a great practice and I thought we were ready for the game. It's unfortunate because I know how much these guys put into it."

Against the Toreros, coach Rose highlighted Brandon Davies' performance. Davies finished with a near triple-double on 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Later in the show, coach Rose broke down the Top 5 plays from this last season. 

The Cougars finished the season 21-11 for their eighth-straight 20-win season with all of those eight seasons coming under coach Rose. In talking about what's next for his team, Rose said they're looking forward to more basketball.

"We're hoping for an NIT bid - I haven't done a lot of research into it but I know that a lot of last year's teams have a similar situation to us this year.. We'll keep our guys sharp and hopefully get a bid to keep going."

To finish up the show, coach Rose talked about some highlights for next season including the return of Kyle Collinsworth and incoming players from state champion Lone Peak High School.

Watch the full show on



BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 3/5

Mar 06, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:06 pm | Permalink

In his KSL radio coach's show finale, head coach Dave Rose previewed the upcoming West Coast Conference tournament and how the team has gotten to where they are now.

"I think everyone knows that we need to go down to the WCC tournament and win this thing. I can feel the sense of urgency from the guys and I hope that drives us. These guys are determined to do the best they can and make the most of this season."

The WCC announced yesterday its All-Conference team with Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws named to the All-WCC team. 

"Individual awards in a team game are always difficult to talk about because, really, there's no way Brandon and Tyler could get that award without the team. But there are guys who have to step up and take charge, so I'm proud of them."

In the upcoming conference tournament, the Cougars are a No. 3 seed and will play Friday night against the winner of San Diego and Pepperdine. Coach Rose mentioned the difficulties his team has had with both squads this year and talked a little about the strengths of each. 

Later in the show, senior Craig Cusick joined to talk about how the team is feeling for the rest of the year and how he thinks this season has gone. 

Cusick and coach Rose talked a little strategy on how the team is going to go into the tournament strong and be prepared to get the wins they need. They also talked a little about Cusick's father who was recently diagnosed with cancer and how he's doing. 

To finish the show, coach Rose answered questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on