BYU Basketball: 5 Sleeper Players to Keep an Eye on in the Next Few Weeks
Riding a three-game win streak, BYU heads in to one of the tougher sections of its schedule—with games against Iowa State, Utah State and Baylor coming up in the next couple of weeks. With two of those three being road games, it will take a lot to come out of this stretch with three wins.
Although the Cougars are led by their veteran players, there are several younger or less-experienced ones that you should keep an eye on. These athletes may not start or rack up overwhelming minutes, but they are definitely worth watching.
Since his transfer from Salt Lake Community College, Agustin "Aggie" Ambrosino has grown from his role as a bench-dwellar to a legitimate piece of BYU's frontcourt. A native of Cordoba, Argentina, Ambrosino is a 6'8" forward that has uncommon range for his size.
Although he averages only 2.4 points and one rebound per game, he will continue to grow into a better player.
Like Ambrosino, Nate Austin as a forward that can shoot from three-point range consistently. At 6'11", he is a big player that can play big in the post, also.
Austin averages three points and four boards per game in 12 minutes of play, which aren't bad numbers. There is plenty of room for improvement, but look for Austin to share time with both Josh Sharp and Brandon Davies in the near future.
Raul Delgado is one of those players that isn't in a position to start, but he could act as a spark off of the bench. A 6'2" guard, he is tough to defend on the baseline because of his speed and agility.
After transferring from Western Nebraska Community College, Delgado has not been given much playing time, but will grow as a player under Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws.
Ian Harward is another forward in BYU's collection, which shows their depth in the post. An Orem, Utah native, Harward backs up Brandon Davies but has not received as much playing time as could be hoped.
If Harward wants to get more time on the court, he will need to limit his fouls. Against Notre Dame, he picked up five fouls in only 11 minutes.
Anson Winder is recovering from a left ankle injury, and because he is not yet 100 percent healthy, he will be a fun player to watch recover. A shooting guard, he has averaged only 3.5 minutes of play per game behind Tyler Haws, but his numbers should grow in the future.
Although he has only made one shot all season (a free throw against UTSA), Winder proved that he is a valuable asset to the squad last season. If he can play like he has in the past, there is no reason to fret.