BYU can breathe a bit of a sigh of relief on Monday as starting senior guard Tyler Haws, the nation’s third-leading scorer this season, only has a sprained left ankle and will miss a few weeks.
According to a report from ESPN‘s Andy Katz, BYU head coach Dave Rose hopes that Haws can return in time for the Dec. 27 game against Gonzaga, which is the Cougars’ West Coast Conference opener.
Haws sustained the injury with 3:29 remaining in a Saturday win over Weber State and had to be helped off of the floor without putting pressure on the injured ankle. He did not return to the contest. BYU is also dealing with injury to starting senior forward Nate Austin, as he’s expected to miss at least three-to-four weeks with a hamstring injury.
Both losses leave BYU depleted and in need of younger players to step up the next few weeks to close out the non-conference schedule. The 6-foot-5 Haws is averaging 23.8 points per game this season and is also shooting 43 percent from the three-point line and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
After Haws had to be helped off of the floor, this injury looks pretty light compared to what it could have been and hopefully BYU can be back at full strength for conference play. With fellow senior guard Kyle Collinsworth coming off of an ACL tear earlier in 2014, three of BYU’s seniors will have to stay healthy for the Cougars to once again make the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15. The Cougars are 8-3 on the season.