I would love to see a starting line-up of Dastrup, Childs, Mika, Emery, and Haws. That would mean two of the freshmen would be better than two of the returning starters. I suspect Davis will start due to experience until the newcomers get some experience. Four of the above 5 are top 50 recruits and the other one a top 100 recruit. The only problem is that 3 of them haven;'t played any college basketball yet and one of them hasn’t played for 2 years.
I think in time there could be some great chemistry on the BYU team with the re-union of the Lone Peak guys. Anybody bellyaching about recruiting is clueless regardless of where these guys came from. If BYU can’t win then it will have nothing to do with talent.
The five I mentioned at the beginning of the first paragraph are all highly regarded recruits but they are not Kentucky type recruits that can immediately take a team to a final four. There are only a handful of teams that can get that kind of talent and it undoubtedly requires shady recruiting to do it and no thought for educating the alleged student athlete.
It could be 2017-2018 before we see major improvement and a sweet 16 caliber team. I think next year could be about like this year or a little better. There is lots of talent but this will be a very young team in terms of experience and I hope people are patient. A NCAA tournament bid and a win in the tournament would be a good year. If these guys stay together for 2-3 years big things should be on the horizon.
I think Chatman and Bryant will play big minutes next year. Both have experience and some talent.
The nine man rotation should be:
Emery - point or wing
Haws - point or wing
Bryant - point
Chatman - wing
Post & Wing:
Hartsock could be a factor if there are injuries and some of the newcomers aren’t ready yet. If Aytes could ever get healthy he could be a factor but BYU will be loaded with post players…The one thin area is wing. There are plenty of guys who can play point guard or post.
In terms of who is leaving and who is coming in I would say MIka and Dastrup will make the loss of Austin irrelevant. BYU will be much better in the post.
There is nobody who can step into Collinsworth’s role. He was one of a kind. He could play anywhere on the court and do everything except shoot outside and make free throws consistently.
Haws replaces Fischer and I think people can’t conclude that Haws will immediately be better than Fischer. Fischer was a fifth year senior. If Haws can be as good next year that will fine. In time he should be better, maybe much better.
Selejass will be gone for 2 years. From all reports BYU gets a really outstanding true freshman in Childs but he is a different type of player than Selejass. He is a post player but allegedly developed a good 3 point shot and can play inside and out. He is 6’6" and about 220 lbs. so he has plenty of bulk and is athletic. BYU also gets Bryant who is a point guard but a big one at 6’5" 210 lbs. He has division one experience and has proven he can play. I think those two probably more than offset the loss of Selejass but neither is the same type of player.
Emery should be greatly improved and I expect him to be a star next year. I believe Chatman will be greatly improved. The improvement in some of the young players who played this year and the infusion of new talent should make up for the loss of Collinsworth and BYU should be as good or a little better than this past season. Beyond next year there is the potential for the best basketball ever seen at BYU.