Unfortunately I missed the game tonight but it sounds like Mika is ramping up
nicely... Haws doesn't quite seem to have his touch back yet and Carlino
needs to be a consistent Marksman from the arch if we are to have a good year
this year... Not sure why we are all calling Collinsworth a Guard still, who
are we fooling?... He's a 3 or a 4 on this team and anyone who watches this
team knows that... In fact, he typically guards the 4 from the opposing team in
one on one match ups...I was hoping that I would hear some comments
about Winder, but I guess not.I sure hope that this team steps up
early and often... They have the talent but will they have the discipline?
Mika showed a lot more intensity in this second exhibition game... his future
with the Cougs looks bright. I think Sharp and Austin have both improved in the
off-season and we could be more solid in the post than we were last year, even
with the absence of Davies. Can't wait to see how we do against actual
competition. Go Cougs!
The 4 guard scheme works if you have good 3-point shooting. from what I have
seen in 2 exhibition games, we really don't have good 3-point shooting.
Halford has been disappointing. Carlino looks solid. Collingsworth can do
everything but shoot from outside. Haws isn't scoring as much but is
playing better team ball. Mika is going to be really good. He really came out
and looked terrific last night. Worthington can't score--touch of a
blacksmith. Winder will contribute, but doesn't look very improved. Austin
and Sharp are both maturing and improving. Until we can show that we
can shoot consistently and productively from outside, I would like to see us go
big. But if we come up against teams with really good 3 point shooting, that
poses some match-up problems.Will BYU be better this year? In the
paint, I think we certainly will be. The jury is still out with our outside
shooting. I haven't seen anything to suggest that we've upgraded
Poyman, if you had been able to see the game you would have known that
Collinsworth DID play as a guard for part of the game. In fact, he ran the
point when Carlino was out...and showed off some pretty amazing moves while
doing so.I'm excited to see what Collinsworth can do with this
team. Remember last season when teams ganged up on Haws and limited the
Cougars' offense? Yeah, not this year. Gang up on Haws, and Collinsworth
is going to torch them. And when Carlino is on as well? And with Mika inside
(if he can avoid foul trouble)? There's a ton of potential with this
Mika is a freshman, but looks like a junior. Definitely a beast from the get-go.
The Cougars are going to be fun to watch.
Watched the game last night and that Mika kid is a beast on the boards! I think
he's picking up quite nicely where Davis left off, and I believe he'll
be even better! Cougar sports is so exciting to watch! Btw, thanks to ESPN and
BYUtv for bringing such joy in our living room! I love it even more when they
win! Go Cougars!
I repeat develop the shot of Worthington. Mika is a beast. Run
off ball screens for him from the high post or anything from 15 feet out. Then
hit him as he comes open. He is unstoppable when they do this. He is good
off entry passes at the low post, but amazing off a screen to the low post.Guards(with the exception of Haws) need to realize they can shoot from
areas that are not layups or 3 point land. If Carlino could shoot a stop and
pop bank shot from 8 feet out on the way to a layup, he would be devastating.
The midrange game should not be ignored. Also, anything further than 15
feet, catch and shoot is much better than the taking a shot off the dribble.
We will need these abilities to compete against Gonzaga. 1 on 2
dimensional teams can not compete. We have all the pieces to be able to go far
this year.By the way, Winder looks good this year. Again, he
needs to develop his midrange game with his ability to penetrate and he would by
Carlino was out of control and ball hogging at the beginning of the game. He
seems to be more interested in scoring than being the point guard. UNLV loses
to Dixie. Dixie's point guard is an ex Lone Peak player. Perhaps we would
do better with him. Believe his name is Kimball Payne.
Alpiner, I agree that Carlino's "me-first" approach is detrimental
to the team. However, he was able to settle down after a similar start to last
season. I'm hoping he quickly figures out that Ty Haws is still the man
and it's o.k. to share. If he can we could be very good. Go Cougs!