2017–18 BYU Cougars men's basketball team

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2017–18 BYU Cougars men's basketball
BYU Cougars logo.svg
NIT, First Round
Conference West Coast Conference
2017–18 record 24–11 (11–7 WCC)
Head coach Dave Rose (13th season)
Assistant coach Tim LaComb (8th season)
Assistant coach Quincy Lewis (3rd season)
Assistant coach Heath Schroyer (1st w/ Rose, 5th overall[1] season)
Home arena Marriott Center
Seasons
2017–18 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 8 Gonzaga 17 1   .944     32 5   .865
No. 25 Saint Mary's 16 2   .889     30 6   .833
BYU 11 7   .611     24 11   .686
San Diego 9 9   .500     20 14   .588
San Francisco 9 9   .500     22 17   .564
Pacific 9 9   .500     14 18   .438
Santa Clara 8 10   .444     11 20   .355
Loyola Marymount 5 13   .278     11 20   .355
Portland 4 14   .222     10 22   .313
Pepperdine 2 16   .111     6 26   .188
2018 West Coast Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 BYU Cougars men's basketball team represented Brigham Young University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was head coach Dave Rose's 13th season at BYU and the Cougars seventh season as members of the West Coast Conference. The Cougars played their home games at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. They finished the season 24–11, 11–7 in West Coast Conference play to finish in third place. As the No. 3 seed in the WCC Tournament, they defeated San Diego in the quarterfinals and Saint Mary's in the semifinals before losing to Gonzaga in the championship game. They received an at-large bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they were defeated by Stanford in the first round.

Previous season[edit]

The Cougars finished the 2016–17 season 22–12, 12–6 in WCC play to finish in third place. They defeated Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament[2] to advance to the semifinals where they lost to Saint Mary's.[3] They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Texas–Arlington.[4]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Zach Frampton 2 G 6'3" 185 Freshman Alpine, UT Transferred to Dixie State[5]
Nick Emery 4 G 6'2" 185 Junior Alpine, Utah Withdrew from college due to an off-season divorce
L.J. Rose 5 G 6'3" 200 Senior Houston, TX Graduated
Eric Mika 12 F 6'10" 230 Sophomore Alpine, UT Entered 2017 NBA Draft, went undrafted[6]
Colby Leifson 13 G 6'4" 190 Freshman Suwanee, GA LDS mission (returning in 2019)
Kyle Davis 21 F 6'8" 225 RS Senior Draper, UT Graduated
Steven Beo 25 G 6'3" 180 Freshman Richland, WA Transferred to Eastern Washington[7]
Jamal Aytes 40 F 6'6" 235 RS Junior San Diego, CA Transferred to Southern Utah[8]
Corbin Kaufusi 44 F 6'10" 255 Junior Provo, Utah Left team to focus on football[9]

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Jahshire Hardnett 0 G 6'0" 185 Sophomore Gulfport, MS Transferred from Chipola College.
Kajon Brown 13 G 6'5" 200 Junior Houston, TX Transferred from Lee College.[10]
McKay Cannon 24 G 6'5" 185 Junior Shelley, ID Transferred from Weber State; will red-shirt the season. [10]

Recruiting class of 2017[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kolby Lee
#20 C
Meridian, ID Rocky Mountain High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Aug 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 81
Christian PoPoola Jr.
#46 SG
Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Aug 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: nr   Rivals: nr  247Sports: 109  ESPN: nr
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Recruiting class of 2018[edit]

2017–18 return missionaries[edit]

BYU's roster will feature four missionaries for the new season. First up is Zac Seljaas who returns after coming home early for a shoulder injury.

Up next Ryan Andrus and Dalton Nixon return.

Rounding out the group of four was Luke Worthington.

2017–18 media[edit]

Nu Skin BYU Sports Network[edit]

BYU Radio- Flagship Station, Nationwide (Dish Network 980, Sirius XM 143, and byuradio.org)
KSL 102.7 FM and 1160 AM- (Salt Lake City/ Provo, UT and ksl.com)
KTHK- Blackfoot/ Idaho Falls/ Pocatello/ Rexburg, ID
KMGR- Manti, UT
KSUB- Cedar City, UT
KDXU- St. George, UT

  • Play-by-Play: Greg Wrubell or Jason Shepherd
  • Analysts: Mark Durrant or Terry Nashiff
  • Studio Hosts: Jason Shepherd or Ben Bagley

Roster[edit]

(Subject to change)

2017–18 BYU Cougars men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jahshire Hardnett 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Gulfport
Chipola
Gulfport, MS
G 1 Rylan Bergersen 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Borah
Link Year
Boise, ID
G 2 Zac Seljaas 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Bountiful Bountiful, UT
G 3 Elijah Bryant (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Jr New Hampton School
Elon
Gwinnett, GA
F 10 Ryan Andrus 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So American Fork American Fork, UT
G 13 Kajon Brown 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Helen Cox
Tulsa
Lee
Harvey, LA
C 15 Payton Dastrup 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Mountain View Mesa, AZ
F 23 Yoeli Childs 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Bingham South Jordan, UT
G 24 McKay Cannon (W) Current redshirt 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Highlands Ranch
Weber State
Highlands Ranch, CO
G 30 TJ Haws 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Lone Peak Alpine, UT
F 31 Braiden Shaw 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Eagle Eagle, ID
F 33 Dalton Nixon 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS So Orem Orem, UT
F 40 Kolby Lee Current redshirt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Fr Rocky Mountain Meridian, UT
F 41 Luke Worthington (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Homestead Mequon, WI
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on
  • Nick Emery (G- #4) was originally part of the roster. However a combination of an NCAA investigation[15] and an off-season divorce caused him to withdraw from school for the 2017–18 season.[16]

Schedule and results[edit]

The 2017–18 non-conferesnce schedule was announced on July 11, 2017. Highlights on the schedule include a trip to defending Ivy League champions Princeton, a rematch with UT Arlington (who ended BYU's season in 2016–17), Barclay's Center Classic matches against Alabama and UMass, and four in-state opponents in Utah Valley, Utah State, Weber State (as part of the inaugural Beehive Classic), and Utah.[17]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 27, 2017*
7:30 pm
at New Mexico
Charity Exhibition for Hurricane Victims
W 79–73 
Dreamstyle Arena 
Albuquerque, NM
Nov 1, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Westminster W 76–62 
Marriott Center 
Provo, UT
Nov 8, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Colorado College W 95–35 
Marriott Center 
Provo, UT
Non-Conference Regular Season
Nov 11, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Mississippi Valley State W 91–61  1–0
Marriott Center (14,019)
Provo, UT
Nov 15, 2017*
5:00 pm, NBCSCA
at Princeton W 65–56  2–0
Jadwin Gymnasium (1,842)
Princeton, NJ
Nov 18, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
UT Arlington
Barclays Center Classic
L 75–89  2–1
Marriott Center (13,363)
Provo, UT
Nov 21, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Niagara
Barclays Center Classic
W 95–88  3–1
Marriott Center (10,791)
Provo, UT
Nov 24, 2017*
12:30 pm, Stadium
vs. No. 25 Alabama
Barclays Center Classic
L 59–71  3–2
Steinberg Wellness Center (1,240)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 25, 2017*
12:30 pm, Stadium
vs. UMass
Barclays Center Classic
W 68–66  4–2
Barclays Center (3,469)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
at Utah Valley
UCCU Crosstown Clash/Old Oquirrh Bucket
W 85–58  5–2
UCCU Center (7,574)
Orem, UT
Dec 2, 2017*
7:00 pm, ATTRM
at Utah State
Old Oquirrh Bucket
W 75–66  6–2
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,206)
Logan, UT
Dec 6, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Illinois State W 80–68  7–2
Marriott Center (12,250)
Provo, UT
Dec 9, 2017*
8:00 pm, BYUtv
vs. Weber State
Beehive Classic/Old Oquirrh Bucket
W 74–68  8–2
Vivint Smart Home Arena (7,729)
Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 16, 2017*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
Utah
Old Oquirrh Bucket/Deseret First Duel
W 77–65  9–2
Marriott Center (16,272)
Provo, UT
Dec 21, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Idaho State W 85–71  10–2
Marriott Center (14,660)
Provo, UT
Dec 23, 2017*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Texas Southern W 73–52  11–2
Marriott Center (14,583)
Provo, UT
WCC regular season
Dec 28, 2017
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Portland W 69–45  12–2
(1–0)
Marriott Center (16,592)
Provo, UT
Dec 30, 2017
2:00 pm, ESPNU
Saint Mary's L 64–74 OT 12–3
(1–1)
Marriott Center (16,212)
Provo, UT
Jan 4, 2018
9:00 pm, ATTRM
at San Francisco W 69–59  13–3
(2–1)
War Memorial Gymnasium (1,837)
San Francisco, CA
Jan 6, 2018
8:00 pm, BYUtv
at Pacific L 66–67  13–4
(2–2)
Alex G. Spanos Center (2,897)
Stockton, CA
Jan 11, 2018
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Pepperdine W 83–63  14–4
(3–2)
Marriott Center (13,223)
Provo, UT
Jan 13, 2018
7:00 pm, BYUtv
at Santa Clara W 84–50  15–4
(4–2)
Leavey Center (3,369)
Santa Clara, CA
Jan 18, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPNU
Loyola Marymount W 82–67  16–4
(5–2)
Marriott Center (12,109)
Provo, UT
Jan 20, 2018
7:00 pm, BYUtv
San Diego W 74–58  17–4
(6–2)
Marriott Center (13,449)
Provo, UT
Jan 25, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 16 Saint Mary's L 62–75  17–5
(6–3)
McKeon Pavilion (3,500)
Moraga, CA
Jan 27, 2018
7:00 pm, BYUtv
Pacific W 80–65  18–5
(7–3)
Marriott Center (16,456)
Provo, UT
Feb 1, 2018
9:00 pm, ATTRM
at Loyola Marymount L 69–76  18–6
(7–4)
Gersten Pavilion (1,180)
Los Angeles, CA
Feb 3, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 14 Gonzaga L 60–68  18–7
(7–5)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
Feb 8, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPNU
Santa Clara W 80–58  19–7
(8–5)
Marriott Center (11,638)
Provo, UT
Feb 10, 2018
2:00 pm, BYUtv/ATTRM
San Francisco W 75–73 OT 20–7
(9–5)
Marriott Center (12,815)
Provo, UT
Feb 15, 2018
8:00 pm, BYUtv
at Pepperdine W 75–70 OT 21–7
(10–5)
Firestone Fieldhouse (1,504)
Malibu, CA
Feb 17, 2018
2:00 pm, BYUtv/ATTRM
at San Diego L 62–75  21–8
(10–6)
Jenny Craig Pavilion 
San Diego, CA
Feb 22, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at Portland W 72–60  22–8
(11–6)
Chiles Center (3,003)
Portland, OR
Feb 24, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 Gonzaga L 65–79  22–9
(11–7)
Marriott Center (18,987)
Provo, UT
WCC Tournament
Mar 3, 2018
12:00 pm, BYUtv/ATTRM
(3) vs. (6) San Diego
Quarterfinals
W 85–79  23–9
Orleans Arena (7,279)
Paradise, NV
Mar 5, 2018
8:30 pm, ESPN2
(3) vs. (2) No. 20 Saint Mary's
Semifinals
W 85–72  24–9
Orleans Arena (8,296)
Paradise, NV
Mar 6, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
(3) vs. (1) No. 6 Gonzaga
Championship game
L 54–74  24–10
Orleans Arena (8,030)
Paradise, NV
NIT
Mar 14, 2018*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
(6) at (3) Stanford
First round – USC Bracket
L 83–86  24–11
Maples Pavilion (1,839)
Sanford, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain.

Game summaries[edit]

Cougar Tipoff[edit]

Broadcasters: Spencer Linton & Jarom Jordan
Starting Lineups:

  • BYU Blue: Zac Seljaas, Elijah Bryant, Nick Emery, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws
  • BYU White: Jahshire Hardnett, Rylan Bergensen, Kajon Brown, Dalton Nixon, Luke Worthington

Exhibition: New Mexico[edit]

Broadcasters: Jeff Siembieda & Hunter Greene (New Mexico Radio Network exclusive)
Starting Lineups:

  • BYU: Elijah Bryant, Nick Emery, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington
  • New Mexico: Chris McNeal, Sam Logwood, Joe Furstinger, Dane Kuiper, Troy Simons

Exhibition: Westminster[edit]

Broadcasters: Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, & Spencer Linton
Starting Lineups:

  • Westminster: Sam Orchard, Dayon Goodman, Quincy Bair, Jarred Laws, Scott Cook
  • BYU : Elijah Bryant, Nick Emery, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington

Exhibition: Colorado College[edit]

Broadcasters: Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, & Spencer Linton
Starting Lineups:

  • Colorado College: Eric Houska, Bobby Roth, CooXioEli Black, Ryan Young, Chris Martin
  • BYU: Zac Seljaas, Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington

Mississippi Valley State[edit]

Broadcasters: Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, & Spencer Linton
Series History: BYU leads 2–0
Starting Lineups:

  • MVSU: Dante Scott, Jordan Evans, Tereke Eckwood, Arinze Anakwenze, Jaal Watson
  • BYU: Zac Seljaas, Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington

Princeton[edit]

Broadcasters: Derek Jones & Noah Savage
Series History: BYU leads 5–0
Starting Lineups:

  • BYU: Zac Seljaas, Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington
  • Princeton: Devin Cannady, Amir Bell, Myles Stephens, Ryan Schwieger, Alec Brennan

UT Arlington[edit]

Broadcasters: Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, & Spencer Linton
Series History: Series even 1–1
Starting Lineups:

  • UT Arlington: Erick Neal, Nathan Hawkins, Kaelon Wilson, Johnny Hamilton, Kevin Hervey
  • BYU: Zac Seljaas, Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington

Niagara[edit]

Broadcasters: Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, & Spencer Linton
Series History: BYU leads 5–2
Starting Lineups:

  • Niagara: Chris Barton, Kahlil Dukes, Marvin Prochet, Matt Scott, Dominic Robb
  • BYU: Jahshire Hardnett, Zac Seljaas, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington

Alabama[edit]

Broadcasters: Chris Hassel, Tim Doyle, & Kristen Balboni
Series History: Alabama leads 1–0
Starting Lineups:

  • BYU: Jahshire Hardnett, Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington
  • Alabama: Donta Hall, Collin Sexton, Daniel Giddens, Dazon Ingram, John Petty

UMass[edit]

Broadcasters: Chris Hassel, Tim Doyle, & Kristen Balboni
Series History: BYU leads 5–0
Starting Lineups:

  • BYU: Jahshire Hardnett, Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, Luke Worthington
  • UMass: Malik Hines, Luwane Pipkins, C.J. Anderson, Rayshawn Miller, Rashaan Holloway

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