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Zylstra's Journey to Become BYU's Starting Shooting Guard

Jan 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:20 am | Permalink

With Brock Zylstra coming off yet another impressive outing (17 points, 5 3-pointers and 7 rebounds at San Diego), it’s time to highlight the great season he’s having and outline the path he’s taken to become BYU’s starting shooting guard:

2006-07 season

  • Redshirting as a non-scholarship player

2007-2009

  • Served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand

2009-10 season

  • Appeared in 20 games
  • Averaged 3.2 minutes, 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds

2010-11 season

  • Appeared in 29 games
  • Averaged 5.2 minutes, 1.1 points, 0.8 rebounds

2011 summer trip to Greece

  • Averaged 17.3 points and 6.0 rebounds
  • Scored 26 points vs. the Italian National Team and 27 points vs. ASE Doukas

2011-12 season

  • Has started all 20 games, including the first two at point guard and the next 18 at shooting guard
  • Averaging 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals
  • Shooting .504 from the field and .459 from three
  • Has scored in double figures five times, including three games with 20-plus points
  • From last season to this season, Zylstra's scoring average has increase 745.5 percent, minutes per game have increased 436.5 percent

Essentially, Zylstra has gone from a backup who played few meaningful minutes to a starter on a team in the thick of the race for first in the West Coast Conference. He remained patient, worked hard to improve his game and when the opportunity presented itself, he seized it. Here is what BYU head coach Dave Rose had to say about Zylstra on KSL Newsradio after the San Diego game.

"Brock is the kind of the guy that is at the core of our program. We have had really good players come through the program. There have been guys that have been really successful and always out in front. But Brock is like most of our guys. They come in and help our teams be really good in a secondary type of a role and then they get a night like tonight."

"These guys (players like Zylstra) pay their dues, know what our program's about and know how important these type of games are. The championships are won in the third, fourth weeks in January and these guys learn that and Brock was big tonight."

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL Newsradio - 1/17/12

Jan 18, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:24 am | Permalink

Listen to the sixth episode of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' on KSL Newsradio.

Rose and Greg Wrubell discussed Monday's game against San Diego and this week's upcoming games against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. Freshman guard Anson Winder was this week's guest and Rose also answered questions from the fans.

Click here to listen to the show.

BYU at San Diego Audio on KSL

Jan 18, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:18 am | Permalink

Use the links below to listen to Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant call the game at San Diego on KSL.

Pregame Show

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half

Postgame

Abouo to Appear on WCC Live

Jan 17, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:16 pm | Permalink

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – You won’t want to miss an all-new WCC Live talk show this Wednesday night, because we’ve got a great line-up of guests in store for you.  This popular Internet radio talk show airs each Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. Pacific.  On this week’s show, host Jeff Lampe will chat live with BYU senior Charles Abouo and San Francisco senior Angelo Caloiaro.  Reigning women’s basketball Player of the Week, Saint Mary’s senior Alex Carbonel, and ESPN analyst Sean Farnham will also appear live and take questions from listeners. 

Fans can submit questions for our guests any time by e-mail (radio@westcoast.org); Twitter (@WCCsports); or on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/WCCsports); or by phone (877-779-6383) during the live broadcast.  If you can’t catch the show live, don’t worry.  You can listen on-demand anytime.  You can even download the show for your mp3 player, free of charge.  The link to tune-in: http://blogtalkradio.com/wccsports

The popular “Road to Las Vegas” web video series is all-new on Wednesday with host Ted Robinson.  On the January 18 show, WCC head coaches Bill Grier, Kerry Keating, and Max Good discuss how recruiting has changed over the years.  This week’s show also spotlights the WCC’s connection to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, of which Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich is now a member.  New episodes of “The Road to Las Vegas” can be seen on WCCsports.com and on our YouTube channel every Wednesday leading up to the tournament in Las Vegas.  

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 1/15/12

Jan 16, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:31 pm | Permalink

Episdoe 5 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, Jan. 15. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on KSL.com.

Head-to-Head: BYU vs. San Diego

Jan 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:13 pm | Permalink

Check out how BYU's projected starters matchup with San Diego's projected starters. BYU takes on San Diego on Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. PST on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

(15-4, 4-1) BYU's Probable Starters San Diego's Probable Staters (6-10, 1-3)
Rpg Ppg Wt Ht Name Name Ht Wt Ppg Rpg
3.1 14.7 175 6-2 Matt Carlino Christopher Anderson 5-7 150 7.5 4.6
3.9 8.9 210 6-6 Brock Zylstra Johnny Dee 6-0 175 15.2 1.9
6.1 11.2 215 6-5 Charles Abouo Ken Rancifer 6-5 215 6.8 4.1
5.8 17.3 230 6-8 Noah Hartsock Dennis Kramer 6-11 235 6.4 3.5
7.9 13.5 235 6-9 Brandon Davies Simi Fajemisin 6-10 265 3.9 2.8

BYU vs. Santa Clara Audio on KSL

Jan 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:30 pm | Permalink

Use the links below to listen to Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant call the Santa Clara game on KSL.

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half

Postgame

Head-to-Head: BYU vs. Santa Clara

Jan 13, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:35 pm | Updated: January 13, 2012 1:37 pm | Permalink

Check out how BYU's projected starters matchup with Santa Clara's projected starters, both phyiscally and statistically. Projected starters are based on the starters from each team's previous game and/or the players that have started the most games for their respective team. BYU takes on Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. MST on ESPNU and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

(14-4, 3-1) BYU's Probable Starters Santa Clara's Probable Staters (8-8, 0-3)
Rpg Ppg Wt Ht Name Name Ht Wt Ppg Rpg
3.1 13.9 175 6-2 Matt Carlino Evan Roquemore 6-3 175 17.3 3.1
3.9 9.0 210 6-6 Brock Zylstra Kevin Foster 6-2 219 14.3 3.6
6.4 11.1 215 6-5 Charles Abouo Raymond Cowels III 6-4 215 8.6 3.9
5.8 17.1 230 6-8 Noah Hartsock Niyi Harrison 6-8 225 9.7 6.4
8.1 12.9 235 6-9 Brandon Davies John McArthur 6-9 230 6.3 4.7

#winning

Jan 12, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:22 pm | Permalink

About a year ago, Charlie Sheen talked a lot about ‘winning.’ While using the term winning has become a cultural phenomenon and a famous hashtag on Twitter, winning is something BYU basketball and Dave Rose know something about. Here are some of the #winning facts under Rose, BYU’s head coach since 2005.

  • 6-consecutive 20-win seasons
  • 5-consecutive 25-win seasons
  • 2-consecutive 30-win seasons
  • 114 wins from 2007 to 2011 — most wins in a four-year stretch in program history
  • From the 2008-09 season to now, BYU has won 101 games and Charles Abouo has played in every victory and every game during that stretch
  • Abouo, Jimmer Fredette (112), Jackson Emery (106) and Jonathan Tavernari (103) are the four Cougars to have played in 100 victories
  • Noah Hartsock has played in 96 victories (he missed six games in 2008-09 with an ankle sprain) and is poised to become the next member of the 100-win club
  • BYU advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2011 for the first time since 1981
  • Under Rose, BYU has won four conference titles and finished second his other two years as head coach
  • Rose and Roger Reid are the only BYU coaches to win 20-plus games in each of their first six seasons — Rose has the opportunity to become to first to win 20-plus games in each of his first seven seasons
  • BYU basketball has 10 25-win seasons in its 110-year history and Rose has been the head coach of five of those teams
  • Rose has the only two 30-win seasons in program history
  • BYU has a winning percentage of 77.9 under Rose

There are probably more facts that could be added to the list, but it’s clear that while Sheen talked a lot about #winning last year, BYU basketball has been doing it for a while.

Sharing the Rock

Jan 12, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:13 am | Updated: January 12, 2012 9:25 am | Permalink

In BYU’s 81-56 victory over San Francisco on Jan. 7, the Cougars had one of the best games in program history in terms of sharing the basketball. BYU hit 29 shots against the Dons and assisted on 27, including all 16 baskets in the first half and the first 18 of the game.

The 27 assists on 29 made shots is a ratio of .931, the third best in a single-game in program history. The BYU record for a single game was set in 2001 against Idaho when BYU had assists on 20 of 21 baskets (.952). The second-best mark was set in 1982 against Wyoming with 17 assists on 18 baskets (.944). Interestingly, BYU was on pace to set the record before Nate Austin’s put-back dunk as time expired against San Francisco. Without the dunk, BYU would have had 27 assists on 28 baskets, a ratio of .964. But alas, the Austin dunk did earn frozen yogurt for the fans.

Not only was the San Francisco game an impressive display of sharing, that has been the story of this entire season. In fact, the 2011-12 squad has an assist/field goal ratio of .653 (343 assists on 525 baskets), a ratio that if maintained will be a BYU record. The current record was set by another Dave Rose-coached team in 2007-08 with a ratio of .648 (587/906).

See the chart below for assist information on all of Dave Rose’s teams since he became BYU’s head coach in 2005.

Season FGs Assists Ratio Assists/G Assist Leaders
2011-12 343 525 .653 19.1 Carlino 4.9, Abouo 2.9, Winder 2.5, Zylstra 2.4
2010-11 538 1019 .528 14.5 Fredette 4.3, Emery 3.5, Collinsworth 2.1
2009-10 567 1025 .553 15.8 Fredette 4.7, Emery 2.7, Haws 1.5
2008-09 537 909 .591 16.3 Fredette 4.1, Cummard 3.4, Emery 3.0
2007-08 587 906 .648 16.8 Murdock 3.6, Cummard 3.5, Burgess 1.9
2006-07 542 972 .558 15.9 Ainge 4.4, Cummard 2.7, Balderson 1.7
2005-06 462 782 .591 15.9 Broadus 3.7, Ainge 2.6, Reichner 2.5