Mike Rose is shooting 53 percent from three-point range. He set a BYU record of eight threes in his first collegiate game. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
True freshman Mike Rose has proven he knows how to put the ball in the basket from long range. He can get his shot off over about anyone, and he is not afraid to shoot it from about anywhere -- even beyond NBA three-point range.
The 6-foot-2 guard has a 37-inch vertical and a quick, high release. Combined with his supreme confidence, Rose has personally accounted for several BYU scoring runs this season.
His ability to provide instant offense has been an instant hit with BYU fans. And if his shooting ability is raising the noise level in the Marriott Center, it can play a significant role in quieting fans on the road.
Despite mostly limited playing time through the first 15 games, he leads the Cougars in three-point buckets. He scored 10 points in 11 first-half minutes, going 3-of-4 from behind the arc, to ignite a Cougar blowout over Colorado State Saturday. After the game, BYU coach Steve Cleveland said he would give the redhead from Houston increased opportunities, home and away, during the second half of the season.
Pat Kinahan featured Rose in Monday's Salt Lake Tribune. Click the following link to view the article.
BYU Basketball: Blossoming Rose earns playing time (Salt Lake Tribune)