Thursday, December 20, 2012
BYU recruits will help ease loss of Parker
By Dave Telep
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- So BYU didn’t get Jabari Parker after he pledged to Duke Thursday.
We all knew it was going to be an uphill battle for the Cougars. Dave Rose deemed it to be a fight worth undertaking and who could blame him? In a lot of instances, the underdog program is left undermanned and with depleted ranks.
BYU’s situation bucks that trend.
As I hammered out this brief, BYU-light -- aka Lone Peak High School -- is in the waning minutes of taking down No. 5 Chester (Pa.) and its 60-game win streak. Yep, that’s two W’s already for the Highland, Utah, school at City of Palms. BYU assistant coach Mark Pope’s shadowed the squad, which features a trio of future cougars, here in Fort Myers and this win has to give him some solace after coming up short on Parker.
And what exactly will Rose and Pope be bringing to the Provo campus you might ask? For starters, point guard Nick Emery and center Erik Mika are ESPN 100 recruits, while junior guard T.J. Haws’ family is to BYU what the Plumlees are to Duke. How many Haws have hung around this program anyway?
We chronicled Mika on Wednesday, and today Chester didn’t have much of an answer for physical post.
Emery is easily one of the nation’s most entertaining guards. When his jumper is clicking, he’s dangerous because confidence is never an issue nor is range. Sometimes he’s too liberal with his shot selection, which isn’t ideal, but he’s a guilty pleasure. I don’t mind the guy shooting all the time. He’s kind of like Teddy Dupay. A smallish, toughish, wizardish guard who thinks every shot is going in. At last glance, he was in the midst of dropping 23 points (and counting) on Chester.
Then there’s the shooting specialist, Haws. He’s the guy with narrow shoulders and a long-range slingshot attached to his right arm. The kid never has a good matchup athletically so he does his best Archie Miller impersonation and rips 3s. He’s trying to cultivate a dribble-drive game but it’ll never be a staple. But passing, shooting and winning? Check. Check. Check.
Parker’s not coming to BYU despite a great video montage by their students. But these “Jimmer Juniors” will soon arrive (albeit, spread out over the course of a few mission trips) and hopefully unite one day in the NCAA Tournament.