COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- On the day that Team USA determined its official 12-man roster for the World University Games, BYU's Tyler Haws and his teammates played before a crowd for the first time.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- After what BYU guard Tyler Haws called a "crazy night" of waiting and wondering, the news he was hoping to hear came right before breakfast: he was one of 12 players to survive final cuts and make it onto Team USA'a World University Games roster.
"Your mind was was just kind of thinking about (final cuts) the whole night," said Haws after a Saturday morning practice on the U.S. Olympic Training Center complex in Colorado Springs. "Everyone was kind of on edge, so we ended up going to a movie as a team try and get our minds off stuff."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Brigham Young University's Tyler Haws has been selected as one of 12 players who will represent Team USA at the upcoming World University Games in Russia.
Following a week of tryouts that involved 26 of the country's top collegians, Haws got the word from coaches early Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He will become the first BYU basketball player since Devin Durrant in 1983 to represent the United States in international competition. Durrant was on that year's World University Games squad that also featured Karl Malone and Charles Barkley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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