2006 BYU Cougars Basketball Preview
2006 BYU Cougars Basketball Predictions
The BYU Cougars were 20- 9 overall and 12- 4 in MWC. In one year under coach Dave Rose, they proved to be a major force, finishing tied for second place. This season, although they are improved, they’ll have a rough time as they have to face tougher out-of-conference opponents than they did last year.
Point guard Rashaun Broadus (9.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.7 APG) ably directed the offense last season. If he can become a better shot, Broadus will be essential to this team’s attack. Senior Jimmy Balderson (10.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.5 APG) was good but inconsistent. Getting his shot to fall and using his maturity to calmly guide the team are important to the success of the Cougars. Sophomore Lee Cummard (4.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.6 APG) and junior Austin Ainge (3.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.6 APG) add depth.
Last season, forward Kenna Young (10.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.1 APG) provided fine offense and solid rebounding, while Trent Plaisted (13.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.0 APG) put in an astounding freshman season. Swingman Vuk Ivanovic, a transfer from Seton Hall, will use his bulk, teaming up with Plaisted. Senior center Fernando Malaman (7.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.8 APG) is steady and sure in the paint.
Rose has brought in faster and bigger players via transfers and freshman recruitment. Last season under Rose, the Cougars saw marked improvement in scoring and assists, moving from 236th to 36th and 241st to 34th respectively. The primary attribute that Rose brings to the court is a passion for winning. It has proved to be contagious.
In the 1990s, BYU earned four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. They are on the road to achieving that goal and more. Look for the Cougars to be highly competitive this season with the NCAA tourney a real possibility.
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