BYU Basketball: Projecting the rotation until Nick Emery’s return

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The Starters

Yoeli Childs – Childs is the unquestioned star of the team, and he can absolutely dominate a game. The next step for him is to be able to do it consistently.

He sported an improved shooting touch in the Cougar Tipoff, and if he can stretch the floor like that he’ll be almost unguardable one-on-one. He’s got to avoid foul trouble and stay engaged defensively night in and night out.

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Jashire Hardnett – Because Harnett wasn’t much of a shooting threat last year he wasn’t able to take full advantage of his greatest asset – his speed.

Harnett looked very good in last Friday’s scrimmage. He played decisively, set up his teammates, and most importantly he knocked down two of his five three-pointers. If he can shoot anywhere near that percentage from deep as the season progresses he’ll be a dangerous playmaker for the Cougars.

TJ Haws – While Hardnett will be the primary ballhandler, Haws is best with the ball in his hands. He’s a very good playmaker when he plays with control, and he’ll split time with Hardnett at the point.

His shot has to improve, and it was sharp in the Cougar Tipoff. If he stays dangerous from the outside and doesn’t get out of control when he drives he’ll be BYU’s best perimeter threat.

Zac Seljaas – Can the deadeye shooting freshman make a return? Seljaas struggled with a shoulder injury last year that affected his shot and his confidence. He also spent a lot of time out of position, playing the stretch four out of necessity.

His shot looked smooth and he wasn’t afraid to shoot it on Friday night, and he’s back at his natural wing position. If he plays like that throughout the season he’ll be a much-needed floor spacer that the Cougars lacked last year.

Luke Worthington – The senior is the only true center on the roster, and he’s a good post defender. His offensive touch has been abysmal throughout his career, but he looked better in the scrimmage. If he can score his low post game would compliment Yoeli Childs’ improved range.

That was only a scrimmage, though, and he’s got to prove that he can produce offensively night after night. And he desperately has to avoid foul trouble.