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BYU basketball names Brandon Davies, Brock Zylstra, Tyler Haws team captains

Hours before Wednesday night's 7 p.m. Cougar Tipoff -- an instrasquad scrimmage at the Marriott Center that is free to the public -- the BYU Cougars have announced their team captains for the 2012-13 men's basketball season.

The captains are seniors Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra and sophomore returned missionary Tyler Haws.

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Haws is perhaps the only surprise pick and is quite likely the first BYU player to be named a basketball captain his first year back from a mission. It shows the team has a lot of respect for the former Lone Peak High star.

"Brandon, Brock and Tyler will provide great leadership for our team," BYU coach Dave Rose said in a school news release. "They lead by example and push the rest of the guys to be better on and off the court. Their work ethic and example will be a motivating force to help us achieve the goals we've set as a team."

I posted video of coach Rose's chat with reporters last night after practice.

If you don't want to watch the entire 5-6 minutes, here's Rose's take on how the team is progressing:

"There are some things we are doing really well. I think offensively we have a pretty good idea of what we are doing.

Defensively, it has taken a bit longer.

One thing about that is we play a lot more zone, so we are trying to ... usually we put our man-to-man [defense] in, and that's our full emphasis. And then we add zone later.

Now we are trying to put two separate defenses in, so that becomes a little more complicated."

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