Jan 25, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) stretches before a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Basketball: Tyler Haws Rated #1 Shooting Guard in the Country

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BYU Basketball senior leader, Tyler Haws, is starting to receive some national praise.

Received an advanced copy of the 2014-15 Lindy’s College Basketball Preview after posting an article on BYU’s Tyler Haws appearing on the cover of the magazine.  There’s a reason why Haws appears on the cover of Lindy’s preview, the publication has BYU’s talented senior as the number one shooting guard in all of college basketball.

Not very often does a BYU Basketball player enter a season being dubbed the best player at a particular position.  Even the Jimmer, Jimmer Fredette, wasn’t receiving the press clippings as the nation’s best point guard, or player, until that scintillating 47-point effort against rival Utah and that came in the month of January in Jimmer’s final year.

Special to see Haws getting the national praise that he has yet to receive up to this point in his career.

Lindy’s published an article on Haws to accompany the ranking and titled it, “Just Like Jimmer, But Anonymous, Even in Relative Anonymity”.

The kicker in all of this is that Haws plays the small forward position for BYU, but his true position and where he will be evaluated as an NBA prospect, will be at shooting guard.

Along with Haws, Kyle Collinsworth is rated in Lindy’s top players by position in College Basketball.  Collinsworth was rated as the 20th best small forward in the country.  Like Haws, K.C. will be playing a different position for the Cougar Cagers. Collinsworth is expected to be the starting point guard as he continues to recover from his ACL injury that he suffered against Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference Tournament Championship.

The team BYU lost to in the WCC title game, Gonzaga, is rated as the best backcourt in the country with Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. returning for their senior seasons.

Other nuggets from the Lindy’s preview:

  • BYU is picked 2nd in the WCC behind Gonzaga.  Cougars are listed as a team that will be on the NCAA bubble again.
  • Haws is picked to win player of the year honors again, and Collinsworth is slated for WCC 2nd Team honors.
  • 1st Team WCC players: Pangos, Haws, Bell, Brad Waldow (St. Mary’s) & Przemek Kamowski (Gonzaga).
  • None of BYU’s non-conference opponents are ranked in the pre-season top 25.  Arizona is ranked #3 and is part of the Maui Invitational field.
  • Three of the non-conference squads are in the next 15 after the top 25.  San Diego State (27), Utah (29), Stanford (37).
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