Men's Basketball Blog

Plaisted with the Clippers

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:41 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Trent Plaisted, who has played professionally in Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey and Lithuania since leaving BYU, is on the LA Clippers training camp roster. The team arrived in China yesterday and will play the defending world champion Miami Heat in exhibition games on Thursday and Sunday. The Clippers' website is covering the team's trip and today the squad visited the Great Wall of China.

While at BYU from 2004 to 2008, Plaisted averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and shot .535 from the field. He led BYU to back-to-back conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. The Seattle Super Sonics drafted Plaisted in the second round (46th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft and traded his rights to the Detroit Pistons. In the summer of 2010 he participated in the NBA Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls. That fall he was on the 76ers' training camp roster.

Opponent Preview: Florida State

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:11 pm | Permalink

The Cougars will play Florida State in New York as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. ET.


Florida State

Coach: Leonard Hamilton, 2011-12 ACC Coach of the Year

2011-12 record: 25-10

ACC record: 12-4, 3rd

Postseason: NCAA third round, lost to Cincinnati

NCAA tournament appearances (last): 16 (2012)

Notables: In 2011-12 the Seminoles captured the school's first ACC championship since joining the league in 1991-92; Ranked 10th in the Final AP poll.

Links

Top Returners
Michael Snaer
*only returning starter
*ACC tourney MVP
*All-ACC 2nd Team
G 6-5 SR 14.0 ppg 3.8 rpg
Ian Miller G 6-3 JR 10.3 ppg 2.0 rpg
Terrance Shannon (stats from 2010-11)
*redshirt last season due to injury
F 6-8 RS JR 10.3 ppg 4.4 rpg

Opponent Preview: Georgia State

Oct 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:28 pm | Updated: October 8, 2012 3:29 pm | Permalink

The Cougars host Georgia State in Provo, Utah, on November 13 at 7 p.m. MST.

Georgia State

Coach: Ron Hunter, 2012 Atlanta Tip-Off Club Georgia College Coach of the Year

2011-12 record: 22-12

Colonial Athletic Association record: 11-7, 6th

Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Second Round, lost to eventual champion Mercer

NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2001)

Notables: The 22 wins in 2011-12 was the second-most wins in school basketball history.

Links

Top Returners
Devonta White
*only returning starter
G 5-10 JR 12.9 ppg 2.9 apg
James Vincent C 6-10 SR 3.2 ppg 1.8 rpg
Rashaad Richardson G 6-4 JR 5.4 ppg 1.4 rpg

Opponent previews: Tennessee State

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:04 pm | Updated: September 25, 2012 2:06 pm | Permalink

Starting today and continuing until the start of the regular season on Nov. 9, we will give a short synopsis of all of BYU's opponents here on the BYU Basketball Blog.

Tennessee State

Coach: Travis Williams

2011-12 record: 20-13

Ohio Valley conference record: 11-5, 2nd

Postseason: CollegeInsider.com First Round, lost to Mercer

Links

Top Returners
Robert Covington 6-9 F Sr. 17.8 ppg 7.9 rpg
Patrick Miller 6-1 G Jr. 10.8 ppg 3.6 apg
Kellen Thornton 6-7 F Sr. 9.1 ppg 4.5 rpg
Jordan Cyphers 6-4 G Sr. 8.0 ppg 1.7 rpg

Travis Hansen featured on BYUtv's Legends

Sep 06, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:41 am | Permalink

Former Cougar Travis Hansen was recently featured on BYUtv's Legends. Check out the entire episode on BYUtv.org. Hansen was a two-time All-MWC honoree and averaged 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in his three seasons at BYU, including 16.8 points, 4.8 boards and 2.4 assists his senior season.

Hansen was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks where he played for one season. He then went on to enjoy a successful career overseas, playing in Spain and Russia. While in Russia, he and his wife were inspired to help children throughout the world and started the Little Heroes Foundation. Watch the episode for more on Hansen, his basketball career and his foundation.

More on ESPN.com's 50 in 50

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:37 pm | Permalink

Earlier today ESPN.com started its 50 in 50 series in which it is ranking the top 50 men’s basketball programs from the last 50 years (starting with the 1962-63 season to now). BYU was ranked No. 36.

In the breakdown ESPN.com includes the rank by decade, including how many points the program accumulated each decade and where that point total ranks. See below.

Rank by the decade

  • 1962-69: 28 (39th)
  • 1970-79: 23 (T-67th)
  • 1980-89: 50 (T-43rd)
  • 1990-99: 36 (60th)
  • 2000-present: 81 (29th)

Interestingly, BYU’s highest point total by far came from 2000 to now. Granted, that is a little more than a decade, but it is a testament to the job Coach Dave Rose has done in the last seven seasons.

With four conference titles, winning percentages of .690 or above every year (including two .800 seasons), six NCAA Tournament teams (including the Sweet 16 in 2011), a first-team All-American and a top 10 draft pick (anyone heard of Jimmer?), Rose has accumulated 58 points in his seven years, more than any other decade based on ESPN.com’s point system.

Dave Rose reflects and looks forward

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:35 pm | Updated: August 15, 2012 4:36 pm | Permalink

The WCC recently posted a video interview with BYU basketball coach Dave Rose. He took the time to reflect on last season, the quality of WCC basketball and his excitement for the future.

Photo album from Relay for Life

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:47 am | Permalink

The BYU basketball coaching staff participated in Relay for Life 2012 at Provo High School last week. Relay for Life is the biggest fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and is held in cities throughout the world. BYU Photo was there to capture some of the action. Check out the album on BYU basketball's facebook page.

2012-13 roster preview

Jul 31, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:07 am | Updated: August 28, 2012 9:32 am | Permalink

The roster for the 2012-13 men’s basketball season has been posted on BYUcougars.com. This season’s roster includes 16 players — 13 on scholarship and three non-scholarship players (returning senior Craig Cusick, returned missionary and redshirt freshman Kyle Rose and freshman Cooper Ainge). Here are some of interesting facts to help you get to know this season’s team.

Starting Experience

Nine players on the 2012-13 roster have starting experience (total of 178 starts) and four of those have started the majority of a single season (Brandon Davies, Tyler Haws, Brock Zylstra and Matt Carlino). By comparison, only four players had starting experience entering the 2011-12 season (total of 128 career starts) and one of those was Chris Collinsworth, who played just two games last season before sitting out the rest of the year with a knee injury. Despite fielding a roster that had few players with starting experience and included seven newcomers, coach Dave Rose led the 2011-12 Cougars to 26 wins and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

Name Career Starts
Brandon Davies 62
Tyler Haws 33
Brock Zylstra 28
Matt Carlino 24
Anson Winder 15
Chris Collinsworth 10
Craig Cusick 3
Stephen Rogers 2
Nate Austin 1

Statistics

The 2012-13 roster returns more statisically in every category except for blocks than the 2011-12 roster did from the previous season. It is also important to note that the numbers for entering 2012-13 do not include any statistics from Tyler Haws's freshman season in 2009-10, when he totaled 397 points, 146 rebounds, 54 assists, five blocks, 26 steals and made 25 3-pointers. He also made his final 48 free throw attempts, a BYU record streak he will look to add to this season.

Statistic Entering 2012-13 Entering 2011-12
Returning scoring 60.9% (1,660 of 2,727 points) 38.6% (1162 of 3,012 points)
Returning 3-point FGs 70.0% (163 of 233 3-point FGs) 26.0% (81 of 312 3-point FGs)
Returning rebounding 68.4% (921 of 1,347 rebounds) 60.0% (856 of 1,425 rebounds)
Returning assists 73.1% (438 of 599 assists) 33.3% (179 of 538 assists)
Returning blocks 57.8% (89 of 154 blocks) 82.0% (123 of 150 blocks)
Returning steals 72.0% (213 of 296 steals) 32.6% (97 of 298 steals)
Returning minutes 67.1% (4,369 of 7,000 minutes) 45.2% (3,379 of 7,474 minutes)

Newcomers

This season's roster includes four newcomers and two returning redshirt freshmen. The newcomers include Cooper Ainge (son of BYU legend Danny Ainge and brother of former Cougar point guard Austin Ainge), Agustin (Ambrosino (transfer from Salt Lake Community College), Cory Calvert (2012 5A MVP in the state of Colorado) and Raul Delgado (transfer from Western Nebraska Community College). The returning redshirt freshmen include Ian Harward (redshirt in 2011-12) and Kyle Rose (redshirt in 2009-10 prior to serving a mission in Salt Lake City). Here are some of the highlights for the newcomers.

  • Ainge averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior at Wellesley High School
  • Ambrosino averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 boards while shooting .498 from the field and .438 from three for a Salt Lake Community College team that went 22-9 in 2011-12
  • Calvert led Chaparral High School to the 2012 5A state title, a 25-3 record and was named the 5A MVP and all-state while averaging 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists
  • Delgado led Western Nebraska Community College to a 26-7 record, was named the Nebraska JC MVP and averaged 18.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while shooting .485 from the field, .433 from three and .768 from the free throw line

Position Breakdown

Point Guard Wing Post
Cooper Ainge 6-0 Fr. Cory Calvert 6-3 Fr. Agustin Ambrosino 6-8 Jr.
Cory Calvert 6-3 Fr. Raul Delgado 6-2 Jr. Nate Austin 6-11 So.
Matt Carlino 6-2 So. Tyler Haws 6-5 So. Chris Collinsworth 6-9 So.
Craig Cusick 6-2 Sr. Stephen Rogers 6-8 Sr. Brandon Davies 6-9 Sr.
Kyle Rose 6-0 Fr. Josh Sharp 6-7 So. Ian Harward 6-11 Fr.
      Anson Winder 6-3 So. Josh Sharp 6-7 So.
      Brock Zylstra 6-6 Sr.      

Cougars in NBA Summer League

Jul 20, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:34 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar and 2011 NCAA National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette concluded a successful week at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with a 19-point, five-assist performance in a 91-82 win over the Boston Celtics.

Fredette, a member of the Sacramento Kings, averaged 18.0 point, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Despite struggling shooting from the field, he averaged eight free throw attempts per game and shot 87.5 percent from the charity stripe.

Against the Houston Rockets Fredette posted his best scoring total with 30 points on 10 of 21 shooting.

Fredette's NBA Summer League Stats

Videos on NBA.com featuring Fredette

Trent Plaisted also participated in the Summer League with the Toronto Raptors. He averaged 3.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. His best game was against the Dallas Mavericks when he posted six points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Plaisted's NBA Summer League Stats