BYU Men’s Hoops: Carefully crafted recruiting class finally coming together
As various additions to BYU’s 2016 men’s basketball team make their way to Provo this summer, social media has heralded each arrival.
T.J. Haws, Eric Mika and Payton Dastrup returned from LDS missions to find their pictures all over Twitter and Facebook. BYU Director of Basketball Operations Andrew May tweeted out photos of incoming freshmen Yoeli Childs and Stephen Beo with their families as they arrived on campus.
Sneaking into town is no longer allowed because expectations are higher for this group than any in the Dave Rose era.
Haws will have to endure the comparisons to his brother, Tyler, the program’s all-time leading scorer.
“T.J. was working out the other morning at the Marriott Center and I was just kind of passing through,” Rose said. “A casual fan came onto court and as T.J. walked to the side to get a drink, the fan said, ‘Hey, T.J., are you going to be as good as your brother?’ ”
Rose said that kind of thing won’t happen when the new practice facility opens sometimes next November. But there are reasons to be hopeful the younger brother will be a good one.
“Their commitment to the game is very, very similar,” Rose said. “T.J. is motivated by work and by time on the floor. I don’t think they’re going to be the same or want to compare them. Ty was probably as consistent a workout guy as I’ve ever seen. We’ll see where T.J. falls into that. T.J. works as hard as anyone around and we’ll see how consistent he is with his preparation.
“People are always going to compare T.J. and Ty. It’ll probably get a little bit irritating to T.J., but he’s dealt with it before.”
T.J. Haws and Mika – high school teammates along with sophomore Nick Emery at Lone Peak – arrived home first and began the laborious process of getting into college basketball shape after two years away from the game.
“Eric and T.J., they look about the same,” Rose said. “Their faces are always red because they’re working really hard. Probably the three- to six-week period is the hardest (for RM freshmen). The first three weeks you’re so excited and you have all the adrenaline. You’ve got that mission motivation with you. You’re setting goals and planning your day. Then you put your workout in and in that third week, you’re tired. You get back home and you’ve got all the issues of home.”
It’s all about easing the young stallions into the rigors of high level basketball, which isn’t easy because they are so eager to get back to pre-mission shape.
“But they’re here and they are determined to get themselves ready,” Rose said. “They’re still on a program where they don’t do anything live for six-to-eight weeks. The big guys may go to 10 weeks. But by the first of July we hope both of them are mainstream and ready to go.”
Along with Emery, T.J. Haws and Mika were part of a national championship team at Lone Peak. Nicknamed the “Lone Peak 3” and fitted with large expectations, Rose cautioned patience.
“Talking about those three guys, one guy is returning from a mission that has played (Mika), one guy is coming off a mission that hasn’t played (Haws) and one guy is coming back with one year of playing (Emery),” Rose said. “As much as everybody wants to clump them together, they are all in individual spots. This season will be interesting.”