PROVO – The BYU men’s basketball program was back on the court Thursday afternoon for their first preseason practice ahead of the 2018-19 season. Head coach Dave Rose acknowledged that this year’s team was likely one of the smallest he’s had in his tenure in Provo, particularly in the frontcourt.
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He said that the hope is for young players bigger bodied guards like Rylan Bergersen and Connor Harding, along with 6-9 wing Gavin Baxter to step up and contribute on the boards and help with defending bigger opponents.
Rose said he believes that the benefit of having a younger team will be being able to play with more pace and force opponents to defend them in four-guard sets with just one big man in the post.
Forwards Yoeli Childs and Luke Worthington said they have faith that their teammates will be able to help them out down low. Both said they were high on the team’s experience and offseason work setting a solid base to build from as they prepare for the upcoming season.
BYU will have their annual Cougar Tip-Off on Friday, October 19 and the Marriott Center. They will play two exhibition contests against Saint Martins and Westminster before opening the regular season on Nov. 6 at Nevada in Reno.