A Look at New Cougars for 2011-12
First off, let me congratulate Jimmer Fredette for be named as BYU’s first ever winner of the Naismith Award.
A fitting recognition for one of the most electrifying college basketball players to come down the pike in many years!
He certainly made the right decision to come back for his senior year.
Now on to today’s topic:
I’d like to give a shot out to my brother Greg for helping write this article, he is always the one to notify me of new Cougar signees and keeps me up to date on who we are recruiting, sends me clips, etc.
Aside from being well informed, I’m going out on a limb to say he’s the best left-handed shooter ever to grace the floor of the RB! We had many good driveway battles growing up in Houston.
Thanks also to former BYU center Derek Dawes for the Ian Harward breakdown. He coached him for a year at Orem High School and if Ian ever makes it big, he better remember his high school big man coach! If he fails, well then he must not have been coachable.
With the season coming to a close, we’ve already taken a look back at the best ride in recent memory: http://deepshadesofblue.com/top-10-moments-of-the-byu-basketball-season-2/.
As we lose three seniors to graduation and Vladimir Collinsworth to a mission, it’s time to look ahead to next year and break down the new faces.
Matt Carlino (6’2″ PG)
Final year HS stats: 13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists
Projected freshman year stats: 9.3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
Player he most reminds us of: Acie Law (Warriors)
Other potential comparisons: Marcus Williams (UConn), Goran Dragic (Steve Nash back-up), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State)
Sorry to disappoint Jazz fans by leaving off former great John Crotty.
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By now, many Cougar bball fans know his story. He played two years for Highland High in Gilbert, Arizona and one year for Bloomington High in Indiana. All three teams were ranked #1 in the state and racked up the wins. He committed to Indiana early, then re-opened his recruitment and signed with and graduated early for UCLA. After one semester at UCLA he decided to transfer, and the Cougars welcomed the equivalent of “point guard manna” into the fold to resolve the biggest concern for 2011-2012.
What we like about Carlino is his ability to shoot and score. Carlino will continue in the “new wave” BYU point guard mold as one who is a threat from 25 feet and puts pressure on the defense off of ball screens through aggressive penetration. His freshman year, particularly because he joins the team in December, he will likely look to distribute, run the offense, and knock down open looks.
But as he grows in his role, Carlino should be a star in the WCC and a catalyst to BYU remaining nationally ranked and relevant in the coming years. He’s been practicing with them team since January, learning from Jimmer. That will pay HUGE dividends. The word from the coaches is he’s been shooting the ball really well and has impressed. Apparently he has an aggressive, confident mindset and that is critical for a point guard.
Anson Winder (6’3″ SG/PG)
Final year HS stats: 17 points, 7 rebounds
Projected freshman year stats: 5.2 PPG, 2 rassists
Player he most reminds us of: Chase Tapley (SDSU)
Other potential comparisons: Sam Burgess (with alley-oop ability), Pooh Williams (Utah State)
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Anson is an athletic combo guard with a good 3-point stroke. He’s a solid defender, and should fit in nicely in BYU’s transition offense- his high school coach Grant Rice likes to push the ball as well, so the system is similar. He should contribute initially at PG while Carlino sits out, then will battle for playing time at the wing with Rogers, Abuo, and Harrison when Carlino returns. I hope he stays at BYU if Coach Rice leaves, he can really help our team over the next few years. Seems like a good kid, too.
Damarcus Harrison (6’5″, SF/SG)
Final year HS stats: 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists
Projected freshman year stats: 8.7 PPG, 4 rebounds
Player he most reminds us of: JR Giddens
Other potential comparisons: Lee Cummard with more penetration ability, Jeremy Lamb (UConn)
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Long, athletic wing with a nice shooting touch and a great feel for the game. His high school coach said he’s the best all around player on that team, and it’s a nationally ranked squad. Not a big time scorer in HS because of the system. I think he will contribute significantly right away, but freshman year expectations may need to be tempered.
Remember what other recent BYU stars have done in their freshman campaigns (Lee, JT, Jimmer). Haws was the exception who came in with big scoring games right away. That being said, he does have a great chance to start right away. He has long term potential to be WCC player of the year.
Watch the clips, his athleticism is exciting. He’ll put people in the stands. Many people compare him to Mike Hall, but Mike was a strong, aggressive type player who tried to overpower you. That’s why we called him “The Beast”. DeMarcus is a more skilled, smooth-type player who will slash when someone is closing out, but can really stroke it and it looks like he prefers to do so. I hope he is an aggressive penetrator in college, I’m not sure yet.
Ian Harward (6’10”, PF/C)
Final year HS stats: not available
Projected freshman year stats: likely redshirt, then 4.5 PPG, 3 boards per game in his first year
Player he most reminds us of: a less skilled Tyler Zeller (UNC)
Other potential comparisons: Alex Kirk (redhead on New Mexico), a shorter more mobile David Foster
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Commentary: From his High School coach, Derek Dawes
– Soft touch around the basket; pretty good hands
– Range extends to about 15 feet
– Great big man moves ( drop step, jump hook, up and under,)
– Really hard worker
– Runs the floor well for his size
– His leadership skills really developed throughout the year. He is not afraid to stand up for what is right for the team. I really admire that about him.
THINGS TO IMPROVE
-The most obvious one is strength. He needs to spend alot of time in the weight room with Justin McClure. One of the biggest problems Ian had at Orem was that he got pushed around by guys. Opposing coaches would put their strongest guys on him, who most of the time were significantly shorter and they would push right off the blocks.
– He needs to spend some time with guards working specifically on posting up, catching the ball and “chinning it” while keeping his position. Ian had a hard time with getting correct post-entry passes from the guards at Orem. They didn’t really know how to throw a great pass to a post player so that he doesn’t have to give up his position to get the ball. Once he spends time with someone who knows what they are doing, I feel that he will improve dramatically in this area.
– Footwork. BYU involves their bigs in a lot of offensive movement which I think is great. Ian needs to work on the correct footwork such as setting a screen and rolling to the basket and using a wide base to post up.
– Staying big. Ian got in a lot of foul trouble by not keeping his arms straight up on defense, coming down on the ball and by swatting at the ball.
Ian is a great kid and will be successful at BYU. He was by far the hardest worker on the team. I do feel however, due to the returning post players, that it might be in his best interest to red shirt when he gets off his mission. That way he can spend a year in the weight room and in practice watching and guarding the veterans and will have that experience when it comes time for him to play.
One thing that I can’t stress enough is how good of a kid Ian is. As mentioned earlier, he works really hard and is not afraid to be critiqued and do the things necessary to be better. It was my pleasure to have spent a year with him and to watch him develop from a kid who had very little D1 interest to a guy who had quite a few D1 scholarship offers by the end of the year. He is of high character and will put in the work necessary to develop into a very reliable big man for BYU.
Nate Austin (6’10” PF)
Final year HS stats: not available
Projected freshman year stats: likely redshirt, then 2 points 2 boards first year playing
Player he most reminds us of: Eric Nielsen (BYU)
Other potential comparisons: Jesse Pinegar (BYU/Pepperdine), a thinner Chris Collinsworth
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The biggest mystery of the group as not much is available on him. Anyone who has seen him play, please comment. Scouting report says he can run the lane and extend the D with range. Decent leaper, shot blocker, and rebounder but also doesn’t possess much interior presence or strength. Should fit BYU’s style and find ways to contribute, but wasn’t recruited to be a big time star and wasn’t a big scorer in high school. These guys are needed on a roster to complement others.
All these recruits come from winning programs (a Dave Rose trait), and in many cases their personal statistics were reduced from playing with multiple D1-bound teammates. By all accounts, all are hard workers. Carlino and Harrison come in as two of the most highly recruited BYU basketball players in the modern era, Winder was a really good high school player, and the other two are more under-the-radar late bloomer type guys who can become solid contributors.
The potential this nucleus has to grow together and play four years straight at BYU is exciting. It will be fun to see these guys grow under the bright lights of ESPN.
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