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Van Noy, Manumaleuna named to award watch lists

Posted Jul 11th - 7:44am by Greg Wrubell

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy had another honor added to his growing list of accolades on Thursday, with the senior standout named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's most outstanding defensive player.

Teammate Eathyn Manumaleuna has been named to the Outland Trophy watch list, his first honors recognition as a Cougar. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman; Manumaleuna has played both defensive end and nose tackle over his team-leading 43 career games played.

Van Noy was earlier this week named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, and it is expected he will appear on yet two more such lists--for the Butkus (best linebacker) and Lombardi Awards (best lineman/linebacker), when they are released next Monday.


Team USA rolls, Haws' playing time limited

Posted Jul 10th - 3:43pm by Greg Wrubell

Team USA stayed perfect in group play at the World University Games on Wednesday in Kazan, Russia, pulling away from Sweden for an 83-65 victory. The win improved the U.S. to 3-0, in a tie with Canada for the lead atop Group C, with two preliminary-round games remaining.

BYU's Tyler Haws played just over seven of the game's 40 minutes, his lowest floor-time total of the games. Haws scored a single point on 1-for-2 shooting from the free throw stripe; he missed both of his field goal attempts. His stat line included a rebound, a turnover and a foul.

After leading Team USA in field goal percentage and standing second in points per game over two exhibition contests played in Kazan, Haws is currently last on the team in FG% and scoring over three games in competition.


BYU's three 'swing games' in 2013

Posted Jul 9th - 12:00pm by Greg Wrubell

The assigned task was simple enough: determine three "swing games" on BYU's 2013 schedule. The question then becomes: what constitutes a "swing game"?

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Determining a definition may be a subjective process, but my approach was to single out three games that, by virtue of their calendar placement, projected difficulty and any associated subtext, serve as distinct mileposts by which the Cougars can be most fairly measured.


BYU's Friel named to Mackey Award watch list

Posted Jul 9th - 8:29am by Greg Wrubell

BYU tight end Kaneakua Friel was on Tuesday named as one of 37 players nominated for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's most outstanding tight end.

Friel becomes the third BYU player named to a preseason award watch list, joining teammates Kyle Van Noy and JD Falslev (see below).

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Van Noy named to Bednarik Award watch list

Posted Jul 8th - 8:38am by Greg Wrubell

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy on Monday received the first of what should be multiple college football award nominations, named as one of 75 players on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the college defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.

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Last season, Van Noy was a preseason watch list nominee for the Bednarik, Bronco Nagurski (most outstanding defensive player) and Rotary Lombardi (lineman/linebacker of the year) Awards, but his most prominent recognitions came for his performance in the Poinsettia Bowl.


Team USA improves to 2-0, Haws scores late

Posted Jul 8th - 5:55am by Greg Wrubell

Team USA is off to a 2-0 start to pool play at the World University Games, defeating the Czech Republic 96-53 on Monday, in a game that tipped off at 3:00 a.m. MT from the Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia.

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BYU's Tyler Haws played 12 minutes and scored two points, following up on a 11-minute, four-point performance in Team USA's tourney-opening win over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.


Team USA cruises, Haws chips in at World University Games

Posted Jul 7th - 3:03pm by Greg Wrubell

On a day when the only question was whether Team USA could possibly win by a hundred points or more, USA Basketball's World University Games squad got its preliminary round off to a rousing start on Sunday, running away from the United Arab Emirates by a score of 140-46.

In the Group C opener for both sides, played at the Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia, BYU's Tyler Haws saw his first international action, playing 11 minutes off the bench and becoming the first BYU player in 30 years to wear the Team USA jersey in competition.

Haws made one of his three field goal attempts and both free throw attempts for four points; he added seven rebounds and two assists, finishing with a game-high four personal fouls.


Haws, Team USA ready to roll in Russia

Posted Jul 6th - 5:32am by Greg Wrubell

Following two exhibition games at the World University Games' main basketball venue in Kazan, Russia, Team USA and BYU guard Tyler Haws are ready to open competition.

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Saturday's Opening Ceremonies will precede Team USA's first game of the preliminary round on Sunday morning, when the Americans will meet the United Arab Emirates.


Reflections on Haws' 'Road to Russia'

Posted Jun 30th - 8:31am by Greg Wrubell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- For BYU's Tyler Haws, the journey began with an invitation to USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp. For we who covered Haws this week in Colorado Springs, the journey began at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night, after a busy BYU Football Media Day.

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We learned earlier Wednesday that Haws had survived Team USA's initial training camp cut-down from 26 to 16 players, with a final cut to 12 coming up on the weekend. I had previously decided to make the trip over to Colorado Springs in the event that Haws made the first cut, then recruited KSL's Dave Noriega and BYU's Kyle Chilton to make the road trip with me. We were all in--as long Haws was still in the team.


Haws stars in Team USA's Saturday scrimmage

Posted Jun 29th - 8:43pm by Greg Wrubell

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.


Team USA's Haws continues down 'The Road to Russia'

Posted Jun 29th - 4:10pm by Greg Wrubell

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.

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"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."


BYU's Tyler Haws makes Team USA

Posted Jun 29th - 4:03pm by Greg Wrubell

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.


'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.


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