Men's Basketball Blog

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."

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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

Haws and the USA WUG team arrive in Russia

Jul 03, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:10 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws and the USA Basketball Men's World University Games team arrived in Kazan, Russia, on Wednesday. Haws, his teammates and coaches departed Denver on Monday and had layovers in Washington D.C. and Istanbul, Turkey, before arriving at their final destination. See below for some videos and photos from Haws.

A Hawsome week in Colorado Springs

Jun 29, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:12 am | Updated: June 29, 2013 11:45 am | Permalink

Watching Tyler Haws compete for and eventually earn a spot on the USA Men’s Basketball World University Games Team is easily ranked among the top moments in my time while working with the BYU men’s basketball team.

BYU’s double-overtime win over Florida in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, advancing to the 2011 Sweet 16, collecting trophy after trophy with Jimmer Fredette in Houston, the comeback win over Iona in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, seeing Craig Cusick hit the game-winner against Utah State despite learning earlier that day that his father was diagnosed with cancer, the run to the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden earlier this Spring… this ranks right up there with all of those great moments and the many others I’ve witnessed.

This experience began Wednesday evening around 11 p.m. when I jumped in the car with KSL’s Greg Wrubell and Dave Noriega. The three of us had worked all that day at BYU’s Football Media Day. When the last tweets were sent and blogs posted about what should be an exciting 2013 football season, we quickly turned our attention to Haws and his journey to make this team. I also coached my son’s little league team to a tournament win in between Media Day and our departure (sorry for the shameless plug).

The original plan was to leave Thursday around 4 a.m. but we were eager to be there for as many practices as possible. Original is a term I should use fairly loosely. KSL posted a video on YouTube from the first practice Tuesday morning. I texted Greg asking if KSL was in Colorado and he said they'd hired the local affiliate. We both expressed our desired to go but inititally it wasn't much more than a pipe dream. Thanks to cooperation from our bosses and families, it quickly became a reality, although I wasn't 100 percent going until Wednesday around lunch time.

We arrived at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Thursday morning around 9:30 a.m., in time for the team’s first practice that day but not in time to stop for breakfast. The drive was a fairly smooth 10-hour ride (heavy Denver traffic excluded) that went straight through the night and included maybe an hour or two of interrupted sleep.

That first practice was very encouraging. Tyler looked great and definitely seemed to be in the top half of the players on the court. The second practice was more nerve-wracking. Tyler played fine but certainly wasn’t put in a position to shine.

After a good night’s sleep, we were back in the gym for our third practice and Tyler’s eighth in five days. This practice was much more encouraging. The team was split into groups of five and the groups went at each other in spirited drills. Each drill had a winner and Tyler’s group won or tied for the win in almost every drill. Tyler made several plays to help his team – some that would show up on the stat sheet and many that would not.

Friday night was even more encouraging. No one played extensive minutes as McKillop mixed and matched, no doubt in an effort to see how players would respond to different situations. Tyler played about 11 minutes, and did a little of everything, scoring five points and adding five rebounds, four assists and two steals. He gave maximum effort on every play and left it all out on the court.

We were hopeful – the players likely even more so – that we would receive word of who made the team Friday night. After hours of waiting, it became apparent no announcement was forthcoming and I surrendered to a few hours of restless sleep.

Saturday morning Greg learned from a reliable source that Tyler made the team but we waited until we were in the gym and had official word from USA Basketball to make an announcement.

As an observer, this has been exciting yet nerve wracking. The competition has been intense. All 15 players (the original cut was down to 16 but ultra-talented Rodney Hood of Duke unfortunately suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw) were there because they were talented and brought something to the table that could help the team win games.

Tyler has competed as hard as anyone. He has given it his all on every play and done whatever has been asked of him by the coaches. Despite all that, I never felt completely comfortable that he would make the team because I obviously didn’t know what the coaches and the USA committee were thinking. Tyler wasn’t being given the opportunities to shine offensively like he does at BYU so I kept wondering if they knew how good he really is.

Obviously, the coaches saw what Cougar Nation sees every time Tyler takes the floor as a Cougar, and they rewarded him with a spot on the team.

Whenever BYU plays a game, at home, on the road or a neutral floor, in an NCAA Tournament game or in a home game against a team we are highly favored to beat, I get nervous. I obviously have no way of impacting the outcome of a game – a blessing to the coaches and the players – but I always desire for the players to perform their best because I know how hard they’ve worked to prepare for every game.

That’s how I’ve felt since arriving in Colorado Springs, that same nervous energy I feel before and during games. I have a pretty good sense for how hard Tyler works to become the best player he can be and I have felt all along that he earned and deserved this opportunity.

It’s moments like this that make me proud to work with such great student-athletes and coaches and proud to be a part of BYU basketball.

Go Cougars!

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.”