Before playing any games this year Tyler Haws and Eric Mika are already bringing good fortune to BYU’s basketball team. Recently Haws was named to the Lute Olson Preseason All-American Team presented by CollegeInsider.com.
The Lute Olson Award is presented each year to the nation’s top Division 1 player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-American team but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.
The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.
Freshman big man Mika was recognized as the Preseason All-High Major Freshman of the Year. Mika comes from Lone Peak High School averaging 16.4 points a game.
“He’s a great runner, one of the best we’ve had at getting from end to end, and being able to catch and finish,” said head coach Dave Rose. “With those experience guards always looking to make that play to that big guy getting down the floor, I think there will be a lot of opportunity for him, for quick baskets in transition.”