Dave Rose

BYU gets early jump on 2018 recruiting class

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I know coaches like to get the jump on their rivals by getting a kid’s verbal commitment early, but this is ridiculous. Dave Rose has offered a scholarship to 6’1″ guard Frank Jackson, and Jackson has accepted. The rub is that Jackson isn’t expected to suit up for Brigham Young until 2018.

It’s not as bad as it sounds. Jackson is actually a high school sophomore, which isn’t so far off the pale. He’s planning to take a two-year mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints right after he matriculates, however, so Rose’s offer to honor Jackson’s service and hold a spot for him until he’s done with his mission makes a lot of sense.

The highly-regarded local product has been on the school’s radar for some time, according to Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune:

Jackson played his freshman season at Lehi High School, averaging 10 points a game for the Pioneers. His family moved into the Lone Peak boundaries last spring.

Jackson scored 30 points against Lone Peak last February in a 90-71 loss to the Knights, ironically. He also had big games against Pleasant Grove, scoring 27 and 21 points in two outings against the Vikings.

“There’s no question he’s a highly regarded player,” Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis told The Salt Lake Tribune in June.

Jackson has attended BYU team camps for several years. He averaged 1.3 assists per game for Lehi last season.

Patience has always paid off for BYU and other Utah schools. Talented players from the LDS Church tend to stay with the local schools, take their missions, and return with tons of life experience and maturity to go with their basketball abilities. Our latest example is super-scorer Tyler Haws, who was profiled by Rob Dauster last season. Rose has done an excellent job of identifying talent and keeping the right kids close to home in recent seasons, so we’ll be interested to see if Jackson is worth the wait as well.
 

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: