BYU’s leader in rebounds, assists cleared to return to action

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After experiencing some issues with regards to the fluidity of their offense early in the 2013-14 season, the decision of head coach Dave Rose to move Kyle Collinsworth into the role of primary playmaker made a difference for BYU. Collinsworth averaged 14.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game last season, but the Cougars’ chances of advancing in the NCAA tournament took a major hit when he suffered a torn ACL in the WCC tournament title game.

Thursday afternoon BYU announced some good news regarding the status of Collinsworth: he’s been fully cleared to return to action, beginning with the Cougars’ exhibition game against Seattle Pacific in Saturday.

Also of note in the release is the fact that Rose and his staff will closely monitor Collinsworth’s minutes both Saturday and in their early regular season games, which is obviously a prudent move. With Collinsworth (who led BYU in rebounding and assists last year) back in the fold BYU’s strengthens its argument of being, at the very least, Gonzaga’s greatest threat in the WCC.

BYU opens its regular season next Friday with a home game against Long Beach State in what should be one of the better matchups of college basketball’s opening night. The Cougars will also appear in the Maui Invitational, opening with Mountain West favorite San Diego State, and their non-conference slate includes games against Utah, Stanford and UMass.

BYU opens WCC play on December 27 with a home game against Gonzaga.