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'The Road to Russia': Cut night

Posted Jun 28th - 9:30pm by Greg Wrubell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- It's up to the coaches now.

The 15 players trying out for USA Basketball's World University Games squad scrimmaged tonight in Colorado Springs, leaving one last impression before the bench bosses were scheduled to congregate and make final cuts, making official the team's 12-man roster.

A decision on which three players to cut is expected late tonight, with BYU's Tyler Haws joining his tryout teammates in hoping for the best. To perhaps take their minds off the anxiety, the team headed out to see a movie on Friday night. It could be that upon their return to the U.S. Olympic Training Center campus, they'll get the news that will set the roster.


'The Road to Russia': Haws awaits scrimmage, final cuts

Posted Jun 28th - 2:36pm by Greg Wrubell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Following a Friday morning practice for the 15 players remaining on USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp roster, it was time for them to rest up for the week's first scrimmage later today--the last thing the coaches will see before making three cuts to determine the official 12-man Team USA roster later tonight.

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The two-hour morning session included head coach Bob McKillop dividing the 15-player group into three five-man teams for the duration of the practice, and BYU guard Tyler Haws was in a team that also included Louisville forward and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock, Baylor big man Cory Jefferson, Marquette PF/C Davante Gardner and Indiana PG Yogi Ferrell.


Undrafted Davies will play for the Clippers in Summer League

Posted Jun 28th - 12:52pm by Jason Shepherd

PROVO — Former BYU big man Brandon Davies was hoping to hear his name called during Thursday night's NBA Draft. Unfortunately, Davies went undrafted and turned his focus to making a summer league roster.

Davies will play for the Los Angeles Clippers' summer league team in Las Vegas, according to Hoopsworld NBA reporter Alex Kennedy.

As a senior with BYU, Davies averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting .522 from the field and .682 from the free throw line. Davies finished his Cougar career fifth all-time in rebounds, second in offensive rebounds, third in games played, firth in blocks and 10th in scoring.


Decision day for Haws, Team USA hopefuls on 'The Road to Russia'

Posted Jun 28th - 11:46am by Greg Wrubell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The quest to represent Team USA began with 29 invitations, issued in early June to the nation's best collegiate basketball players. Late Friday, 12 of them will be told they have survived final cuts and have made USA Basketball's World University Games team.

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The final day of tryouts here in Colorado Springs will feature a two and-a-half hour morning practice, followed by a late afternoon scrimmage. After that scrimmage, the coaches and selectors will convene and decide which three players will be dropped from the current finalists roster of 15 competitors (a 16th finalist, Duke's Rodney Hood, was injured in Wednesday's practice).


BYU's Tyler Haws on 'The Road to Russia'

Posted Jun 27th - 3:51pm by Greg Wrubell

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Calling his Team USA tryout experience "definitely something special, and something I'll never forget," BYU guard Tyler Haws on Thursday continued his pursuit of a spot on USA Basketball's 12-man World University Games roster, as two-a-days rolled on at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Joined by BYU Baskebtall Media Relations Director Kyle Chilton and KSL videographer/producer Dave Noriega, I watched as Haws and 14 other roster finalists went through a two-hour session on Thursday morning.


New contract for Mendenhall highlights BYU Football Media Day

Posted Jun 26th - 3:37pm by Greg Wrubell

PROVO — BYU Football Media Day began with a flurry of announcements, including one of a contract extension for head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

The new deal will see Mendenhall remain the coach of the Cougars through the 2016 season; his current agreement was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign.

In a school press release, Mendenhall said. "BYU is a special place and this is a special time."


Haws makes group of 16 Team USA finalists

Posted Jun 26th - 11:34am by Greg Wrubell

BYU guard Tyler Haws is one step closer to realizing the dream of representing Team USA at the upcoming World University Games.

Haws was on Wednesday morning named as one of 16 finalists for USA Basketball's World University Games team, with one more curt remaining before the official 12-man roster is determined.

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'Cutdown day' for BYU's Haws, Team USA campers

Posted Jun 26th - 6:40am by Greg Wrubell

At about the same time this morning that BYU AD Tom Holmoe and head football coach Bronco Mendenhall start to address the "State of the Program" at BYU Football Media Day, Cougar hoopster Tyler Haws will be learning the state of his fate at USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp.

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With three practice sessions in the books, a fourth session early Wednesday morning will precede the first round of cuts at the camp in Colorado Springs, with the group of 25 roster hopefuls pared down to 14-16 players.


Haws, Team USA hopefuls start two-a-days

Posted Jun 25th - 9:08am by Greg Wrubell

BYU guard Tyler Haws and his 25 hopeful teammates enter their first day of two-a-day practices today in Colorado Springs, as USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp continues at U.S. Olympic Training Center.

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Camp began with a two-hour practice session on Monday night, with two-a-days now daily through Sunday, including an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday that is open to the public.


BYU's Haws earns 'big opportunity' with USA Basketball

Posted Jun 24th - 8:14am by Greg Wrubell

Today is the first day of BYU's summer class term, and new members of the 2013-14 Cougar basketball team will be enrolled and ready to start playing and working out with their teammates. One notable veteran will be missing from those activities to start the term, however, and with good reason.

BYU guard Tyler Haws is bound for Colorado Springs, where later today, he'll pull on a No. 46 Team USA practice jersey, and the quest to represent his country at the upcoming World University Games will be underway.

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New format, more coverage for WCC hoops tourney

Posted Jun 19th - 4:19pm by Greg Wrubell

The West Coast Conference on Wednesday announced modifications to its 2014 Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, which will again be contested at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

After previously announcing a format change and three-year extension that will keep the tourney at the Orleans through 2016, the league has now moved the dates of the event, changing it from a Wednesday through Monday game slate, to a Thursday through Tuesday fixture list.

At the same time, the conference has widened its broadcast scope, with five tournament games scheduled to be televised on either ESPN 2 (three games) or ESPN (two games). Last year, of the five tourney games televised on the ESPN family of networks, two games were seen on ESPNU, two were shown on ESPN2, with the title game appearing on ESPN.


BYU Basketball: 'Strength' in numbers

Posted Jun 19th - 8:30am by Greg Wrubell

The BYU football program is about to face its toughest schedule ever. While not grabbing as much attention, the BYU basketball team's 2013-14 schedule is shaping up as a pretty good one, too.

A few games remain to be confirmed, but what we know already is that BYU will:

face two teams from the group comprised of Wichita State, Texas and DePaul in Kansas City, as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.


BYU's 'Next Ziggy': Kyle Van Noy

Posted Jun 18th - 11:13am by Greg Wrubell

He won't be under the radar like Ziggy Ansah, but in terms of playmaking punch and professional potential, BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy Kyle Van Noy is next in line as a likely first-round NFL draft pick.

A member of the Cougars' 2009 recruiting class that also produced receiver Cody Hoffman, Van Noy joined Bronco Mendenhall's program the following season, and although he started only two games a freshman, by the end of that season he was tied for second on the team in tackles for loss. An impact player was born.

Van Noy's sophomore campaign saw him start eight of 13 games, but his defensive numbers ended up looking like those of an every-snap player.


Diminishing returns precede return of Anae

Posted Jun 17th - 8:21am by Greg Wrubell

A recent "Camp Cougar Countdown ‘Fact of the Day'" sent out on my Twitter feed (@gregwrubell) noted that the 2012 BYU Cougars recorded 1,003 offensive plays-—a high-water mark for the Bronco Mendenhall era, and one of the rare thousand-play seasons in BYU Football history.

Yet despite the highest number of snaps in Mendenhall's eight-season tenure, 2012 also resulted in the second-lowest scoring campaign since Mednenhall's run as head coach began in 2005.

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Tyler Haws: From BYU to Red, White and Blue?

Posted Jun 13th - 1:59pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU's Tyler Haws will soon attempt to do what no other Cougar hoopster has done in the last 30 years: make a team that will represent the United States in international competition.

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With last week's news that Haws has been selected as one of 29 college players to try out for USA Basketball's World University Games squad, Haws now has a chance to join a list that includes only four other BYU players as representatives of Team USA.


Ever Upward: BYU increases its APR score

Posted Jun 11th - 11:30am by Greg Wrubell

The NCAA reports that Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores are up slightly across the Division I membership, and BYU's scores have also increased by the same margin.

The NCAA DI four-year APR average (measuring 2008-09 through 2011-12 academic years) is currently 974, up from 973 last year. BYU's 21-sport APR average matches the NCAA DI median of 974, also up from last year's institutional score of 973.

BYU's men's sports averaged a 2012 APR score of 961--down four points from last year, while the school's women's sports average was 981--up from 979 last year.


BYU: Biggest needs to replace

Posted Jun 11th - 8:00am by Greg Wrubell

When Ezekiel Ansah heard his name called with the fifth overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, he left a gaping hole on the end of the BYU defensive line.

Ansah's departure for Detroit is notable, but he wasn't the only one of BYU's 2012 defensive linemen to end up on an NFL roster, as nose tackle Romney Fuga signed a free agent deal with the Denver Broncos.

Ansah was an impact player for BYU, but started only the final nine games of the 2012 season. Fuga was a stalwart who started all 13 games in 2012 and 36 games overall, while not not to be forgotten is Russell Tialavea, who was also a 13-game starter last season and played in 47 games over his Cougar career, starting 38 of them.


BYU's Van Noy and Hoffman are "Men of (Phil) Steele"

Posted Jun 5th - 12:58pm by Jason Shepherd

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and wide receiver Cody Hoffman were selected to Phil Steele's 2013 Preseason All-America Team on Wednesday. Van Noy was named to the first-team while Hoffman was a second-team selection.

BYU joins Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Oregon and TCU as the only college football programs with players named to both the first and second teams.

For more information on the 2013 Phil Steele Preseason All-America Team, you can click here.


BYU Football: Times and TV announced for Texas and Idaho State games

Posted Jun 4th - 10:58am by Jason Shepherd

Brigham Young University announced two more kickoff times for the 2013 BYU Football season. The Cougars will host the Texas Longhorns at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 7th at 5:00 pm MT on ESPN2 (pregame begins at 3:00 pm MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio, SiriusXM 143).

It was also announced that BYU's home game on November 16th against Idaho State will get underway at 1:00 pm MT on BYUtv (pregame begins at 11:00 am MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio, SiriusXM 143).

Now that the start times for the Texas and Idaho State games are official, the Cougars have announced kickoff times and TV plans for seven of their 12 games.


BYU's Haws named to training camp roster for USA World University Games

Posted Jun 3rd - 12:45pm by Jason Shepherd

BYU junior guard Tyler Haws was named to the training camp roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games on Monday.

Haws, along with 28 other college basketball players will participate in the camp, which will be held June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Of the 29 collegiate athletes, 12 will be selected to represent the United States at the 2013 World University games from July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.


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