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October 24, 2013

A look into the BYU Basketball team

With the Cougar tip-off just finished, it's a perfect time to have a look at the 2013-14 version of the BYU men's basketball team.
BYU loses three very important pieces of last year's squad due to graduation in starters Brock Zylstra and Brandon Davies as well as key reserve Craig Cusick.

Zylstra left BYU after starting 61 games over his four year career including 33 games a season ago. Zylstra provided the Cougars with 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2 assists a night as a senior.

Cusick started over two seasons in Provo and provided quality three point shooting and the ability to pass the ball. As a senior, Cusick averaged 3.8 points and 2.1 assists a night while hitting better than 40 percent of his three point attempts.

Of the three departing seniors, Brandon Davies will be the hardest to replace. Davies name litters the all-time lists for BYU. He finished his BYU career ranked second in offensive rebounds, fifth in total rebounds, fifth in blocks, eighth in steals, tenth in scoring and even 25th in assists.

As a senior, Davies started all 36 games and put up 17.7 points, 8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.33 steals and just under a block a game.

Even though they only lost three players to graduation, thanks to transfers, injuries and missions, the Cougars return only five players from a season ago and all of them are juniors. All five played a key role in the Cougars 2012-13 success and look to better their output this season. The returnees are guards Anson Winder, Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws as well as forwards Josh Sharp and Nate Austin.

Winder appeared in 31 games a season ago including one start and averaged 2.1 points and a rebound a game. His best statistical game of the season came in a January match-up with Santa Clara when Winder put up ten points, four rebounds, a block and a steal in only 14 minutes of play.

Austin appeared in all 36 games including seven starts and put up 3.6 points and 4.6 rebounds a night. His best game of the season came in the Cougars very last game against the Baylor Bears in the N.I.T. That night Austin scored nine points on just six shots and also tallied 11 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist.
Sharp started 22 of 32 games he played and averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 56.7 percent from the field. His best game came in a February win over Santa Clara, when sharp scored 14 points on 5-7 shooting while registering six rebounds as well as an assist and a steal.

Carlino started 32 of 36 games last year and averaged 11.5 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and just under 2 steals a game. He hit double figures in scoring in 21 games including six straight games to end the season. His best game of the season came in a February win over Santa Clara when Carlino scored 28 points on 10-17 shooting while tallying six assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block.

Haws had the most impressive sophomore season of the bunch. He started all 36 games and averaged 21.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2 assists and more than a steal a game. Haws scored in double figures in all but two games and hit the 20 point mark in 25 games.

His best game came in a December win over Virginia Tech where Haws put up a career high 42 points on just 25 shots, including 6-8 from three-point range. He also registered three rebounds and two steals.

The returning juniors will be joined by an impressive array of transfers, freshman and even a familiar face who has returned from a mission.

The new comers to the back court will be freshmen Frank Bartley IV, sophomores Andrew Johnston and Kyle Collinsworth as well as junior Skyler Halford.

Bartley is fresh out of prep school where he averaged 19.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.3 steals a game.

Johnston played at Snow Canyon in high school before serving a mission to Chile.

Collinsworth is back in Provo after serving a mission in Russia. As a freshman, Collinsworth started 27 of 36 games and averaged 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and more than a steal a game.

Halford comes from Salt Lake Community College where he was a NJCAA All-America first team selection.

The front court will be bolstered by a trio of talented incoming freshman in Graham Pingree, Luke Worthington and Eric Mika.

Pingree averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds for Cherry Creek high school a season ago.

Worthington is from Homestead high school in Wisconsin where he averaged a double-double with 13.6 points and ten rebounds last year.

Rounding out the trio of incoming big men is freshman Eric Mika. Mika played for Lone Peak high school as season ago and averaged 16.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game for a team that won the 5-A State Title.

All stats come from BYUCougars.com


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