BYU goes unusual (junior-college) method to build basketball depth

2012-04-12T00:30:00Z 2013-11-06T21:45:20Z BYU goes unusual (junior-college) method to build basketball depthJason Franchuk - Daily Herald Daily Herald
April 12, 2012 12:30 am  • 

BYU's Dave Rose has talked at length in recent days about adding to the talent level and depth of his basketball program. The goal is nothing unusual, of course.

But It's maybe the most concerned he's been, at least publicly, since becoming the head coach.

Going into his eighth year, he felt like he did it with a couple of unusual signees by recent standards.

BYU announced Wednesday that a couple of players are coming to Provo from the junior-college ranks.

Raul Delgado and Agustin Ambrosino have signed national letters of intent to play for the Cougars. Both will be juniors and have two years of eligibility.

It's the first junior-college route taken by Rose since he signed former Wasatch High and Salt Lake Community College standout Logan Magnusson in May of 2009.

Delgado is a 6-foot-2 guard out of Western Nebraska Community College, the same school that produced former Cougar point guard Rashaun Broadus. Under the tutelage of Russell Beck, he led the Cougars to a 26-7 record while averaging 18.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He shot 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range.

The Mexico-born Delgado prepped at Springville High.

“Raul is an explosive and athletic guard," Rose said. "He’s a skilled perimeter player and is an effective three-point shooter. He’s an excellent defender and guards with great determination. We expect him to be able to guard multiple positions on the guard line.”

Delgado committed a few months ago. 

The Argentina-raised Ambrosino, meanwhile, is a 6-8 forward out of Salt Lake Community College. In 2011-12 he helped the Bruins to a 22-9 record while contributing 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Ambrosino shot 49 percent from the field and 43 percent from long range. Before that, he played a year at Gulf Coast State College in Florida where he posted less rousing numbers.

“Agustin’s an athletic big man who can really get up and down the floor," Rose said. "He’s a skilled player and can stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting. He’s versatile enough to play and guard multiple positions on the perimeter and in the post.”

Also, Tyler Haws returns to the program after serving a two-year mission in the Philippines. He returns to Utah literally on Thursday. He averaged 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 2009-10 while helping the Cougars to a 30-6 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“Our staff is very excited with the addition of these three players," Rose said. "We feel they add great athleticism and skill to our roster. These are wonderful student-athletes that will bring tremendous strength to our program both on and off the court.”

The spring signing period continues through May 16. The Cougars at this point have one scholarship remaining.

BYU lost four players after last season. Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo graduated. Nick Martineau wasn't invited back. Freshman Damarcus Harrison still intends on serving a church mission.

And the three incoming players (counting Haws) will wait to see if Rose and his staff look outside the locker room to fill that final scholarship.

An option is still to reward Craig Cusick, a walk-on guard who found a considerable role with the team toward the end of the season.

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