BYU Basketball: Stock Up, Stock Down for Cougar Starters

Samuel Benson@@sambbensonContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2013

BYU Basketball: Stock Up, Stock Down for Cougar Starters

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    The "stock up/stock down" approach to viewing basketball players is easily one of the most straightforward yet effective methods, and is so for a reason. Every player has a role to play on their squad, and if they fill that and meet expectations, they receive a "stock up" label. If they fell short, a "stock down" title is rewarded.

    In the past week, several BYU players have shined more than ever, while others have not contributed the way they should. So, here are stock up/stock down grades for the Cougars.


Stock Up: Matt Carlino

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    Matt Carlino has been nothing short of spectacular in BYU last two games. Averaging 21.5 points and 4.5 assists in the Cougar wins against San Fransisco and LMU, Carlino has seemed to return to the playmaker that he showed flashes of last year.

    Although he still struggles with turnovers, Carlino has become a much more reliable player and may be the third scoring option that BYU has looked for.

Stock Up: Josh Sharp

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    While Josh Sharp may not yet be a dominant scorer, averaging barely over five points per game, he is a dominant rebounder and has a knack for throwing down nasty dunks. With 12 and 10 boards in the last two Cougar wins, Sharp is a great pair for Brandon Davies in BYU's backcourt.

    Sharp averages 5.1 points and 5.2 boards per game, but has really exploded in the last few weeks. He stepped up from being a unreliable bench player to a comfortable starter.

Stock Up: Tyler Haws

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    In the last three games, Tyler Haws has racked up an average of 28 points and four rebounds per game, and despite being hampered by double-teams consistently, Haws has still found a way to score.

    Although his free-throw shooting streak came to a halt against San Fransisco, he is still shooting 91.6 percent from the charity stripe. With a tough in-conference road ahead, Haws will need to continue to dominate to keep BYU in the WCC race.

Stock Down: Brock Zylstra

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    Brock Zylstra has struggled all year long at becoming the consistent player that BYU needs on both ends of the floor, and aside from a 16-point showing at USF, Zylstra has been a disappointment for Cougar fans.

    If Zylstra can turn his hot-shooting night on Saturday into a consistent performance, he might go up to a "stock up" level. But until then, we will have to hope that he notches up his game.

Stock Down: Brandon Davies

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    I know, this one hurts.

    Brandon Davies hasn't been his usual, powerful self lately. With a season average of 19 points per game, he has put up less than 12 per game in the last three contests. Adding the fact that he fouled out when BYU needed him most against San Fransisco only adds salt to the wound.

    The Cougars struggled without him against the Dons, and obviously needed him on the court. If BYU is going to have a successful season, Davies needs to stay out of foul trouble and in the game.