BYU basketball coach Dave Rose announced three captains for the 2016–17 season Monday morning: senior Kyle Davis, transfer senior L.J. Rose and sophomore Nick Emery.
“I’m looking forward to the leadership our captains can provide to our team,” Rose said in a press release. “These three guys were selected by the players, and bring a lot of experience and passion.”
On a team with more underclassmen than upperclassmen — six freshmen and and four sophomores — L.J. Rose and Davis are the only seniors on BYU’s basketball team.
Davis played his first season with the Cougars in 2015 after transferring from Utah State University. In the 2015–16 season, Davis started 37 games for the Cougars where he averaged 11.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks and posted eight double-doubles in 2015-16. Davis’ honors include Academic All-West Coast Conference and Silver Honors on the West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
“I’m looking forward to the leadership our captains can provide to our team. These three guys were selected by the players, and bring a lot of experience and passion.” —Dave Rose, BYU basketball coach
This is L.J. Rose’s first and only season with the BYU Cougars. The graduate transfer from Houston started 19 games during his junior season. He comes to BYU as a graduate transfer from Houston where he led the Cougars in assists as a sophomore and junior.
As a freshman, Emery was named to the All-WCC Second Team and the All-WCC Freshman Team. During his freshman season, he set the record for 3-point field goals in a season (97), 3-point field goals in a single game (10) and points in a single game (37).
Emery, who is BYU’s leading returning scorer, was named to the WCC Preseason Men’s Basketball Team team along with teammate Eric Mika. As a team, BYU was picked to take third place in the WCC by coaches.