BYU Basketball: Report Card Grades for Dave Rose on 2013 Recruiting Trail
Dave Rose is on the verge of wrapping up BYU's 2013 recruiting class, which has been called one of the best in the school's history. The class includes two players in the top 40 of the ESPN 100, along with a good mixture of post players and guards.
Recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi has gone as far as to say that these commits could take the Cougars from good to great in upcoming years, and they have the potential to take BYU deep in the NCAA tourney.
So, how well did Rose do on this year's class? Here are my grades on the 2013 Cougar commits.
High School: Lone Peak (Utah)
Height/ Weight: 6'9", 220 lbs.
This was a great pickup by Coach Rose, as Eric Mika is a lean forward that is ranked as the third player in the country at his position. The Lone Peak Knight can run the court unusually well for his size, which is great for the high-tempo style that BYU plays.
This is the star of the class for the Cougs, and Mika will surely be a good player in Provo.
School: Lone Peak (Utah)
Height/Weight: 6'2", 180
Nick Emery, the younger brother of former BYU guard Jackson Emery, is a great leader and scorer with unlimited range. The teammate of Mika, Emery can score from nearly anywhere on the court, but is also a nifty distributor and can find open looks for other players.
He will serve a two-year LDS mission before coming to BYU, so we will see the left-handed assassin in Provo in 2015.
School: Homestead (Wisconsin)
Height/Weight: 6'9", 240 lbs.
Worthington is another big man that can run the court, similar to Mika. He is a dominant rebounder and has plenty of post moves. I don't see him making a big impact as soon as he arrives at BYU, but he could be a good player in a couple of years.
It's good to see the Cougs pick up a post player that doesn't like to shoot outside of the paint a ton. Worthington makes a living in the paint, and it's good to see that.
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School: Bartlesville (Oklahoma)
Height/Weight: 6'7", 205 lbs.
I think Jakob Hartsock is the hidden jewel of this class. He will need to add a few pounds before playing in college, but I can see a move from power forward to small forward. He isn't big enough to play in the post, and he owns a presence from 3-point range to be a legitimate threat.
The younger brother of former Cougar Noah Hartsock, I am excited to see Jakob in Provo.
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School: Eagle HS (Idaho)
Height/Weight: 6'8", 200 lbs.
Braiden Shaw is another player that still needs to add weight to match his height, but he has plenty of potential. Shaw is considered the best player in the state of Idaho, and is very quick on his feet.
I don't think he will ever be a major star on BYU's roster, but it was a great job of landing him by Dave Rose. Schools like Washington State, Utah, Utah State and Boise State were also after Shaw, and it was good for Rose to pull him in.