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By Shawn Siegel

August 14th, 2006


BYU Basketball: Dave Rose


Its hard to imagine a BYU fan that wasn't happy with Dave Rose in his first season as head coach.  A longtime assistant in Provo, Rose stepped in and led an unheralded team to a 20 win season and a 12-4 conference record.




Shawn Siegel (CHN) : How will you deal with the loss of impressive senior Brock Reichner?


Dave Rose (DR):  Anytime you replace a senior captain and starter like we must do with the loss of Brock Reichner, it changes the dynamics and chemistry of the team. But we feel comfortable as a coaching staff in that we have very experienced returning players. We can be a good team if we get strong leadership and have good chemistry. Shaun Broadus was All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention, Keena Young was All-MWC Third Team and Trent Plaisted was All-MWC Second Team and a Freshman All-American. Lee Cummard and Jimmy Balderson are both guys who could have very successful seasons for us.


CHN: You have a bunch of new faces this year. Who will make the biggest impact?

DR:  The staff is pleased with the recruiting class. We have very talented players at every position that will join the team and increase the competition for the group. We expect a lot from Vuk Ivanovic, who practiced with us last season after transferring and should help us in the post. Ben Murdock is a good addition at the point position, which will give us some more depth there. Jordan Cameron and Jonathan Tavernari are both very talented wing players who should push returning players for time in those positions. Luiz de Toledo is a very athletic player on the front line and we are excited about him.



CHN: Which of your guys stands out as deserving more credit than the media or fans give them?


DR:  The seniors set the pace with hard work, weight room workouts, getting along well together and their dedication to improving in the offseason. There is a lot of good competition within the group.



CHN: What coaches helped you reach the level of success youíre at today? Do you still keep in touch with them?

I probably learned the most from the coaches I played for. Coach Lewis at University of Houston and two JC coaches, Neil Roberts and Doug Allred. My philosophy is based mostly on those three coaches, with the addition of three really good coaches I have worked with: Lynn Christensen, Ken Wagner and Steve Cleveland. My philosophy of the game has developed over the 15 years I played and 23 seasons I've coached.



CHN: What do you expect the strengths and weaknesses of this yearís team to be?

DR:  We have a good, experienced returning senior class who we are hoping will build on the past yearís success.

Have you set any specific goals for this season?


SH:  My expectation for every team I coach is to prepare to win every game on the schedule. This team will be no different. We're involved in a lot of different aspects of trying to execute game plans, but preparation will be very important to the success of this yearís team.

CHN: Good luck this season coach.

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