BYU basketball: Previewing the Cougars’ backcourt

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LJ Rose

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Rose has spent time at Baylor and Houston during his college career, and transferred to BYU over the summer. His cousin Archie played at BYU from 2007-09.

Rose sat out most of last season at Houston as he nursed some lingering ankle injuries. But when healthy, he was a productive guard for the Cougars.

During his last full season (2014-15) he averaged 9.8 points and 5.3 assists per game. His ability to run the point guard spot will be valuable for BYU and his maturity should help settle things down on the road.

He also believes the team is close to taking the next step.

“I knew coming here was a great opportunity,” Rose said. “With my experience, I hope to be a leader on this team. I like the direction which we are going.”

Rose will likely play 20 or so minutes a night, primarily in a ball-handling role.