The up-and-down style of play that BYU coach Dave Rose had used over the years got very much Jimmer Fredette-centric this past season, as the future lottery pick was able to shoot his way to national player of the year honors and lead the Cougars to the Sweet 16.
With Fredette gone, that creates opportunities for players to get more touches, and Rose will have to make some adjustments. He'll start by dusting off some of what worked for BYU long before handing off the reins of the offense to Fredette.
According to what Cougars forward Noah Hartsock told the Examiner-Enterprise, the style of play at BYU should be an attractive one to play within.
"When I talked to Coach [Dave] Rose, we talked a lot about how we’re getting back in the old system," Hartsock said earlier this week. "We're going to work back into a run-and-gun type of play and push the ball up the court."
Although Hartsock said he understood the special talent Fredette brought to the program, he's looking forward to the old-new system that "will create a lot of shots for everybody up the floor. We'll look to shot the first open shot or work it down to the post and get it inside. I think it suits me really well."
Hartsock, who averaged 8.6 points last season, is one of two returning seniors who will help BYU build itself back up after losing Fredette. The Cougars expect to get forward Brandon Davies back after his honor code suspension, and will also welcome in new pieces to the puzzle in freshman DeMarcus Harrison and UCLA transfer Matt Carlino, guards who should help push the pace.
So without Fredette, BYU will undoubtedly have to tweak its offense. Having players sold on the changes and excited about implementing them is an early positive sign for the Cougars that life after Jimmer can come with a smooth transition.