The headlines that are circulating out of the West Coast Conference these days are heavily favored towards the Gonzaga Bulldogs. That’s a good thing however, as head coach Mark Few has descended his Bulldogs to the top of the nation’s AP Poll this week.
Behind the ‘Zags however, is the work and production of Saint Mary’s, who is led by senior guard and Australian-native Matthew Dellavedova. Yet at 21-10 overall, there is not much credit at the moment being thrown around in favor of the BYU Cougars.
Sure, the Cougars’ resume this season, especially with a 10-6 mark within the conference, does not necessarily stack up to their work from a year ago. However, that lack of attention is overshadowing some well-deserved attention from one BYU sophomore, in particular.
At 6-foot-5, BYU guard Tyler Haws is simply having a marvelous year for the Cougars. Albeit, BYU will likely need to make some noise within the conference tournament to have a shot at the NCAAs, Haws terrific sophomore year shouldn’t be going unnoticed.
On the season, Haws is averaging a team-high 20.9 points per game. In fact, he’s scored 20+ points in 20 different games this season, including a 42-point performance in a late December victory against Virginia Tech. In addition to his undeniable ability to score the basketball, Haws is also chipping in with 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest.
For obvious reasons, Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk was tabbed the conference’s player of the year, but fans out west need to start realizing that that title could soon belong to Haws in the coming years. Just a sophomore, the Utah-native has shown an incredible knack of scoring the basketball, just look at his numbers and statistics.That can’t go unnoticed for much longer.
Don’t worry though, we won’t go as far as to say he might just be able to put up Jimmer Fredette numbers in the near future.
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