Zac Seljaas returns from his mission, needs shoulder surgery

Get caught up with BYU news you may have missed.

Get caught up with BYU news you may have missed.

Look who is back from his mission a year early. Zac Seljaas is returning early and is having shoulder surgery and is not expected to return to the mission field.

So happy to have my brother home!!! #ElderSeljaas

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BYU basketball is stuck in a rut, so what are they going to do about it:

The Cougars season ended poorly in the NIT with a blowout loss to UT-Arlington, plus there were injuries all year long that didn’t help. Head coach Dave Rose knows there is a lot of things that the program needs to improve upon.

“Our players need to go to work. Our coaches need to go to work. And we need to find a group of guys that can get together and be able to overcome a lot of these issues that we weren’t able to overcome this year,” Rose told The Salt Lake Tribune. “The players for the most part will be pretty similar. We just need to get a couple guys back off their missions and then go to work.”

Jimmer Fredette makes a list that is sort of a compliment, but also an insult as Korey Beckett of Sportster ranked the top 15 basketball players who failed in the U.S. but succeeded overseas.

Fredette was the top player overall as he is now having great success in the Chinese Basketball Association after bouncing around in the NBA after being a lottery pick. Another BYU player makes the list is Rafael Araujo who comes in at No. 7 on the list. Araujo was drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the eighth overall pick back in 2004. He never stuck in the NBA but played in Spartak Saint Petersburg, Flamengo, France and Pinheiros from 2007-14.

Is BYU a playoff team next year? CBS Sports names five Cinderalla teams that could crash the party next year?

The schedule is a key reason why — plus returning talent — as to why the Cougars are considered a long-shot.

“The first month is heavily front-loaded. On Sept. 2, BYU plays LSU at a neutral-site game in Houston,” CBS’ Ben Kercheval said. The following week, it gets a home game against nemesis Utah. After that, it’s another home game vs. Wisconsin. October doesn’t let up much with back-to-back games against Boise State and at Mississippi State. ”

Who will replace Kai Nacua?

One of the more dynamic playmakers in recent BYU history is gone, as are Nacua’s 14 career interceptions. Safeties coach Ed Lamb has a few possibilities in mind.

“Right now, the top three guys are Micah Hannemann, who played significantly last season, Tanner Jacobson and then Zayne Anderson, who didn’t play a whole lot last season,” said Ed Lamb. “(Anderson) had a good offseason and it’s time for him to step up and take the playing time I think he deserves.



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