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Early Look at the 2011-2012 BYU Basketball Squad and Beyond

DaMarcus Harrison

By: Mitch Harper (Twitter: @Mitch_Harper)

Last night of course was the end to a once-in-a-generation team.  Many are sad.  We here at Cougar Center are no different, we wanted to see this great BYU team advance as far as they could.  But they brought us some special memories, and the future of BYU Basketball looks to be bringing some more special memories in the future.

Here’s a look at next year’s personnel.  A lot to be excited about Cougar faithful.  BYU Basketball isn’t going to be slowing down anytime soon.

Returning Letterman (Alphabetical listing w/player’s 2012 year)

- Charles Abouo, Sr.

Charles in Charge Abouo came on strong towards the end of this season.  Came into the starting lineup when Kyle Collinsworth was injured and did a solid job.  BYU’s best defender next season and will be a Senior leader.  Will be interesting to see if he is as effective on the offensive end without players like Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery commanding attention, allowing him to get open looks.   Needs to be more polished in his offensive game going into next year.

- James Anderson, Sr.

Anderson had his moments of success during the 2011 season.  Will need to be more of a physical presence on the glass.  But Anderson likely sees his minutes diminished next year with Davies back and the influx of young big men in the program next year.

- Chris Collinsworth, Soph.

Collinsworth who saw his season cut short due to a season-ending knee injury.  Only played in nine games in his first season back from a mission in Australia.  Collinsworth is likely going to receive a medical redshirt year, so he will remain a Sophomore and have the opportunity to play with his brother Kyle, when Kyle comes back from his mission in Serbia.  Chris is 6-9, 235 and a real physical presence on the glass.  Offensively, reminds us a lot of Eric Nielsen from the early years of the Steve Cleveland era.

- Brandon Davies, Jr.

Davies saw his solid Sophomore campaign cut short due to Honor Code violations.  Davies has yet to be cleared by the Honor Code office to play next season, but all indications point to him taking the necessary steps to be back on the team and anchoring the starting Center spot in this program yet again.  Averaged 11 points per game and 6 rebounds a game in his second season.  Steve Kerr from the BYU-San Diego State broadcast in San Diego said Davies is a future NBA prospect.  A lot of potential for Davies, and we can’t wait to see him back in Cougar blue.

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