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Tag:Dave Rose
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Trippin': Revamped, Jimmer-Less BYU post-Greece

In our Trippin’ series, we’re talking to teams as they return from preseason trips to foreign locales. Click here for all Trippin’ related stories.

By Jeff Goodman

The Jimmer is gone and so is his backcourt mate, three-year starter Jackson Emery. BYU associate head coach Dave Rice got the head job at his alma mater, UNLV, and the Cougars will make their debut in a new league, the WCC, this season.

"I had a few things come my way this past offseason," Rose admitted in terms of new job opportunities. "And I felt this was almost like a new job."

Rose recently returned from a trip to Greece, where he brought nine guys with him and said that just about every game was one-sided - one way or the other.

"We were either way better or the team was better than us," Rose said. "But it was a great experience. We learned a lot - and a couple of guys stepped up."

What he learned from his trip: "How different we'll be as far as scoring the ball is concerned. You don't truly realize it until you play without those two guys. We were backcourt dominated and over the years it hasn't been that way. We'll go back to relying on our frontcourt."

Who stood out on the trip: "Brock Zylstra was our leading scorer. He's a guy who redshirted as a freshman, went on a mission and has been Jackson's back-up the last two years. We played him at the point and he was pretty effective at that position."

What concerns you: "The point guard position. I'm comfortable with the frontcourt, where we've got experience, depth and leadership. Our two-guards will be able to score, but point guard is a question. We've got four guys who have a chance - maybe even five." The five are Matt Carlino, junior Nick Martineau, walk-on Craig Cusick, freshman walk-on Austin Nelson and Zylstra.

- Recently reinstated big man Brandon Davies was one of five players who did not play on the trip. Davies' season ended early last year when he was suspended for breaking the school's honor code. "He enrolled in school a little more than a week ago and went through individual workouts this week," Rose said. "It's nice to see him back. He looks good; a little out of shape." Rose said that the 6-foot-9 junior could be the focal point of the offense. "I think so. I hope to use him like we did Trent (Plaisted) and throw him the ball in the post. He needs to make positive plays in the post and that doesn't always mean scoring the ball."

- Carlino, who transferred in last year from UCLA, did not play on the trip. He was allowed to practice and will be eligible in mid-December. "I like him. He's got a lot of qualities that are really good for us in a point guard. He advances the ball, sees the floor, can create and can shoot."

- A pair of big guys who returned from missions - Nate Austin and Ian Harward - didn't go on the trip. "Both are really big inside guys who can run. Nate is skilled on the perimeter and can shoot it from 17 to 19 feet while Ian is more of an inside player - a rugged type who is a good defensive rebounder. I don't know how big of a scorer he'll be."

- Chris Collinsworth, who underwent a microfracture knee surgery, didn't play on the trip. However, Rose is optimistic that the 6-foot-9 sophomore forward will be ready for the start of practice in mid-October. "From the conversations I've had with the doctors, I'm optimistic. He's going to be a really good player for us."

- Rose confirmed he'll coach an exhibition game in Provo on Sept. 22 involving what he's told could wind up being as many as a dozen first-round picks. Rose will lead a team with Jimmer Fredette, who has been working out at BYU throughout the lockout, while San Diego State coach Steve Fisher will coach a group led by ex-Aztecs star Kawhi Leonard. Kemba Walker and Nolan Smith have also been confirmed participants.

- Emery has opted to go into the business world instead of playing overseas. "He had a couple of offers overseas," Rose said. "But he was a business major and had an offer in the private sector, with ownership in the business. It was hard for him, but it was a terrific offer."

- Rose spoke highly of freshman wing Demarcus Harrison and the job he did on the trip.

- Rose also said the trip was beneficial with the staff change. Former Kentucky forward and Wake Forest assistant Mark Pope replaced Rice and will work with the big men.

Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 10:31 am
 

Jimmer will wear pink in night's key MWC matchup

If BYU wears pink shoes and it's not on TV, did it really happen?

Posted by Eric Angevine

Jimmer Fredette and the BYU Cougars are planning to wear pink sneakers tonight. The color scheme could, quite frankly, be ugly, but the reason for it is beautiful.

Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune gives us the scoop:

In other BYU basketball news, the school announced that the Cougars will wear pink shoes and the coaching staff will wear sneakers against CSU to promote cancer awareness and to support BYU women's basketball player Alexis Kaufusi, who is battling cancer.

“Our players and our staff want Alexis to know that we are thinking of her during this difficult time,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said in a school news release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as she fights this terrible disease. We wish her the very best as she goes through her treatments.”

Colorado State coaches will also participate in the event by wearing tennis shoes. When BYU played at Colorado State earlier this season, both coaching staffs wore tennis shoes in support of the fight against cancer.
There may be no other team that feels the battle against cancer more keenly than BYU -- N.C. State is the other that leaps immediately to mind -- not only because of Kaufusi's battle, but also because memories of coach Dave Rose's battle with pancreatic cancer are still fresh.

So far, Rose has been lucky. His conversations with his doctor have moved from immediate concerns to his outlook 15 or 20 years down the road. No doubt, he and his players would like to make sure more cancer patients in their community have that positive conversation.

Aside from the pink shoes, this is a huge game for both teams in basketball terms. Colorado State is a rather distant third in the Mountain West with an 8-4 record. They have a couple of good wins from the non-con season -- over Ole Miss and Southern Miss -- but have fallen off the pace in league play. With three road games left, including a season-ender at San Diego State, their road to an NCAA-worthy resume is tough as nails, but nobody can say they lack opportunities.

For BYU, the issue is momentum. Heading into Saturday's visit to San Diego, the Cougs have a chance to sweep the season series with the Aztecs and put themselves on the inside track for a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. At bare minimum, top seed in the MWC postseason clash is at stake. This is rare air for the Cougars, and the MWC conference as a whole. That balloon deflates with an audible pop if they lose to the Rams tonight.

Colorado State plays at Brigham Young tonight at 8:00 p.m. Regional coverage is provided by the MountainWest Sports Network. If you're not one of the lucky few who get the Mtn., be sure to follow the action via our CBS GameTracker.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:08 am
 

Should we be concerned about The Jimmer?

Posted by Eric Angevine

One of the cable channels used to show Leave it to Beaver reruns in the morning, so I always ended up watching them as I ate my cereal and got ready to head off to school as a teen. I've probably seen every episode four times, so some of the lines are stuck in my head forever. I'm going to slightly alter one that was often delivered by June Cleaver to her TV husband:

"Ward, I'm worried about the Jimmer."

Why would I be worried? The Jimmer show rolls on. Am I not entertained?

Jimmer Fredette in a rare moment on the BYU benchYes, of course. Hoops fans fell in love with 33-point Jimmer (home win over Arizona), 47-point Jimmer (at Utah) and back-to-back-big-game Jimmer (42 at Colorado State, 43 at home to beat SDSU). In a subsequent loss at New Mexico, The Jimmer had a rather studly line of 32 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, but to no avail. Since then, he hasn't topped 30 points in a single game, and his average over the past five games is 25.2 ppg. Why, that's the sort of scoring a mere mortal can achieve.

To be clear, I think Jimmer's reduced scoring load is a good thing, because BYU is still winning. That signifies that the Cougars are becoming the more balanced team they'll need to be in the postseason. Fredette can easily Superman BYU through the MWC, but if his team is to live up to its hype in the Big Dance, his teammates must be prepared to play bigger roles, and actively seek to take the pressure off of their star.

Here's the good news on that front. After scoring just 6 points in the loss at The Pit, guard Jackson Emery is back on his game, averaging 14.4 points per game over the recent five-game stretch. In the same period, forward Brandon Davies has just notched the 10 ppg mark, though he's been wildly inconsistent, going from a 20 point game at Wyoming to a 2 point effort at home against Utah.

For the Jimmer Show to continue into the postseason, you'd like to see the 6-foot-9 Davies get a lock on the third scorer's role, but it's important to note that his rebounding has been key throughout the season, and that teammates tend to step in and score when he doesn't have the mojo. For instance, guard Charles Abouo and forward Stephen Rogers both got into double figures in a foul-plagued 4-point effort from Davies when UNLV came to town, and Abouo nearly out-Jimmered his teammate in a recent blowout of Utah, scoring 22 and nabbing 10 boards. I wouldn't exactly call the Cougars a deep team, but they have multiple scoring options in spite of the fact that they have one of the greatest individual scoring threats in the country at their disposal.

So, if we aren't worried about Jimmer's scoring, what exactly is the point of all this hand-wringing?

Turnovers.

In the past five games, the extra defensive attention paid to Fredette has not only lowered his scoring totals, but it has resulted in 24 turnovers credited to his account. That's on the other side of the ledger from just 20 assists in the same time period. His shooting has become inefficient in that handful of contests as well: 34/86 = 39.5 percent from the floor.

We can't lay all of this on Fredette's doorstep. Dave Rose is a smart coach, and he knows that over-reliance on one player is a bad deal, no matter how strong that player might be. Nobody wants to see Fredette lose his aggressiveness, but it's clear that he needs somewhere to go when his efforts are stymied.

BYU has a perfect run of tough games coming up that should allow Rose to fine-tune his team attack. Wednesday night is a home game against third-place Colorado State, followed by a road trip to San Diego State (Saturday 2/26, 2:00 p.m. ET, CBS) and a mid-week home game against the talented but disappointing New Mexico Lobos. If there is tinkering to be done, and a loss to be taken, let it be now, rather than later. Keeping the Jimmer Show on the air as long as possible this season will be a pleasure for fans of college basketball.
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