Boy, a guy goes off for 28 points and suddenly everyone is talking about him.

BYU men's basketball junior guard Skyler Halford picked up a nice accolade Monday when the West Coast Conference recognized him as its Player of the Week.

I wrote about watching Halford play as a teenager at Timpanogos High School after the blowout win over San Diego (which can be found here), but I didn't focus on the fact that he's a great individual as well.

I love his attitude, I love his intensity and I love his work ethic. He's the type of basketball players most of us can't help but cheer for. He may be a little undersized but he gives it everything he has when he's on the court.

Congratulations to Halford on the honor and hopefully he can continue to enjoy a lot of success.

Here's the complete release from BYU:

"The West Coast Conference has named BYU junior guard Skyler Halford its Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 6, 2014.

"Halford led BYU to a conference win over San Diego with a career-high 28 points in his first career start. The Orem, Utah, native hit 11 of 16 from the field, 4 of 8 from three and 2 of 2 from the free throw line as BYU defeated San Diego 87-53. He also added three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

"Halford hit two threes during a 12-2 run that turned a 17-15 deficit into a 29-19 lead. He scored seven of BYU’s last nine points of the first half to help the Cougars to a 41-28 lead at intermission. In the second half Halford scored nine of BYU’s first 17 points as the Cougars jumped out to a 58-30 lead. He finished the second half with 13 points."

-- Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd is also the beat writer for the BYU football team, the columnist for the Cougar men’s basketball team and covers a variety of Utah Valley high school athletics. You can connect with him by email at or by following him on Twitter at

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Jared is the Sports Editor and BYU football reporter for the Daily Herald.