It's media day today for the BYU basketball team at the BYUtv building, but one significant announcement has already been made.
Monday night, coach Dave Rose said the basketball team captains this year will be juniors Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino and sophomore Kyle Collinsworth.
"We are excited about the leadership we have this season," Rose said in a school news release. "We have a very talented and motivated group. We will look to the examples of Tyler, Matt and Kyle as we work to achieve our team goals."
The Cougars have no seniors on the roster this season, partly because a couple junior college transfers on last year's roster, Raul Delgado and Agustin Ambrosino, left the program after last season.
Tuesday morning, BYU's 2013-14 roster, 12 players, was released, and it includes a pair of walk-ons: 6-3 sophomore guard Andrew Johnston and 6-8 freshman forward Graham Pingree.
Johnston is a returned missionary from St. George who prepped at Snow Canyon High School, where he helped the Warriors go 16-7 as a junior and 15-8 as a senior. He was the Region 9 MVP as a senior and also played football at Snow Canyon.
Pingree is from Greenwood Village, Colo., and played at Cherry Creek High School, where he averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds his senior season. He plans to go on a church mission next spring.
It's not a surprise that Haws was picked as a captain. The 6-foot-5 guard led BYU in scoring last season with a 21.7 average and was seventh in the nation. He set several BYU scoring records for a sophomore, including most total points (780), best scoring average (21.7) and most games with 20 or more points (25).
Carlino started in 32 of 36 games last year and averaged 11.5 points, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. During BYU's run in the NIT, Carlino averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 assists in four games.
Collinsworth started as a freshman in 2010-11 before departing on an LDS Church mission to Russia. The 6-6 guard averaged 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game that season.
The Cougars will host the inaugural "Boom Shakalaka" in the Smith Fieldhouse on Oct. 18, which is billed as a "Basketball Showcase." It will include a 3-point shootout, a skills contest and a dunk contest.
The annual Cougar Tipoff is on Oct. 23 at the Marriott Center.
A couple of former Cougars in the NBA saw their respective teams make their preseason debuts on Monday night.
Brandon Davies played seven minutes in the Los Angeles Clippers' exhibition opener, scoring two points and grabbing a pair of rebounds.
Jimmer Fredette did not play in the Sacramento Kings' opener.
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