BYU’s own Tyler Haws named WCC Player of the Year


When the WCC announced conference awards, BYU fans recognized a couple of the names mentioned.

Tyler Haws was named the conference’s Player of the Year as well as All-WCC First Team honors. Haws was not the only familiar name at BYU mentioned. Kyle Collinsworth also received an All-WCC Team honors, Carlino won an honorable mention and Eric Mika named to the WCC All-Freshman Team.

It is no wonder Haws was given this honor. For the second-straight season Haws has been the conference’s top scorer and in the top 5 percent at the free throw line.

“Tyler is very deserving of this honor,” head coach Dave Rose said. “He’s had huge offensive games, he’s had an increased role defensively and he does so much to help us win games. To be the guy that everyone tries to stop every night and to be as consistent as he’s been certainly deserves this type of recognition.”

The spotlight is not unusual to Haws, who has been named player of the week twice during the season. His key role as a leader and driving force on the team has allowed him to lead the Cougars to a tie for second in the league standings at 13-5 and helped the team secure a No. 2 seed in the WCC Championship.

Collinsworth’s recognition from the conference is an honor to come in just his first season back from a mission. Since coming back onto the court, he has proved himself a versatile player coming in at 13th in scoring and fifth in rebounds.

“Kyle’s consistency in his line and what he does to affect the game as far as winning is concerned has been huge for us,” Rose said. “He rebounds the ball, gets steals and assists and guards the toughest perimeter player. I’m pleased that the other coaches in the league have noticed his impact on the game.”

The Cougars head to Las Vegas this weekend to fight their way to the top in the conference tournament, confident moving forward from here.

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