I’m not going to go into to much detail here on these reports. These are more just to familiarize WCC fans with some players who are on the horizon and spur some discussion about what players are going to have an impact in the coming years. There will always be video on the recruits, which is important because I want people to gain their own impressions from what they see on tap and furthermore, in this day and age of media an technology, is pretty easy to acquire.
The first on the Recruit Report is TJ Haws, a top-100 national prospect according to ESPN.com committed to play at BYU next season. He is a local kid from Highland, Utah, so it is no surprise that he has committed to Dave Rose’s program. Rose has traditionally produced some good guard products out of Provo (Jimmer Fredette the prime example), and Haws looks like he could fit in well witRh the Cougars’ up-tempo, offensive-heavy system.
What They Are Saying About Haws
From Future 150.com (graded him a 91, four-star recruit):
T.J. is a scoring sniper from anywhere on the floor. He is the type of prospect who will thrive in a system like BYU. He also will be able to play both guard positions for the Cougars.
From ESPN.Com (graded him an 84, four-star recruit):
Haws is a long and lean wing that is very productive and competes on both ends of the floor. He has a excellent mid range game. He knocks down mid range jumpers off the catch or dribble and is a very underrated driver/slasher.
From Rivals.com (rated him a four-star recruit):
The BYU bound point guard is a playmaker. He can be a dangerous scorer because of his jump shooting and toughness off the dribble. Changes speeds, is elusive and fires up crowds with his at times flashy passing. Just has to get stronger.
Catholic Coast Hoops Quick Analysis
Haws could be next in line in the tradition of great guards who have come from the WCC, as he displays all the skills and abilities of a good point or shooting guard. On the surface, Haws doesn’t look athletic, but he is very crafty not only in his ability to get to the rim and create his own shot, but in creating for others as well. On the tape, it looked like there were some matchups where he might have been at a disadvantage, but he is very quick with the dribble and he has good vision with the ball, as he was able to find the cutting open man with ease if defenders collapsed on him. His jump shot is consistent-looking and smooth, and he is able to shoot well off the dribble from what I’ve seen on tape, and his release is quick enough to where he only needs a little bit of space to get a successful shot off.
His size is a bit of an issue since he is thin at 170 pounds, and many scouts have noted that he needs to add strength. I don’t think this is too pressing a negative since college programs are usually good at strengthening players once they get to campus. Overall, Haws looks to be an entertaining player worthy of his Top-100 status as a recruit, and he certainly will make the Cougars a competitive and dangerous team in 2014-2015.