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Dave Rose retired as a men’s basketball coach at BYU in March 2019 after 14 successful seasons at Provo.
Much has changed in the 32 months since then and there are only a few reminders of Rose’s tenure on the 2021-22 roster. Senior forward Gavin Baxter enlisted with Rose in 2015 before serving a mission in the church, as did first-year guard Hunter Erickson (class of 2018) and preferred replacement for Casey Brown, who is. in his first season on the program.
Then there’s former Timpview goalie Nate Hansen, who signed up for Rose’s schedule in August 2018.
Hansen served his church mission in Arkansas – Bentonville, home of WalMart’s corporate headquarters – during the time Rose was leaving and Mark Pope making the transition.
“New coaches kept in touch from time to time throughout my assignment,” said Hansen. “They do their thing and I do my thing so I was just trying to stay focused on the mission. When I approached my house, they asked me if I still wanted to come to BYU. I was like, ‘Yeah, this is where I want to be.’ This place has the best fans in the world. So we talked and everything went very well.
At this point, Hansen will study at the feet of experienced players such as super senior Alex Barcello and transfer Te’Jon Lucas.
“These upper class students, they were great,” said Hansen. “They expect a lot from us as freshmen, and there are seven freshmen coming in. It makes our team better. We had a lot of opportunities to hang out together outside of basketball and getting to know them has been awesome. They let us be a part of what they do.
“Obviously, they are also great basketball players. They teach us a lot. I mean, Alex, he’s a great mentor. I can ask him questions and he is always good at giving me advice. They were super helpful.
Hansen said he served on the Missouri state campus in Springfield and looks forward to when the Cougars play there in December.
Hansen returned from the mission field almost six months ago and is still working to get his body back in shape.
“It’s difficult as everyone is talking about it,” he said. “It’s a difficult thing. You expect your body to be able to do what it used to do and it gets frustrating at times. I think it’s a mental thing where you just have to be patient and allow the process to unfold. There are times when I push a little too hard and had to pull back a bit, but at this point I feel great.
During his high school career, Hansen contracted a rare blood condition called rhabdomyolysis which took him to hospital for several weeks and threatened his life. But he recovered to have a great senior season at Timpview where he averaged nearly 25 points per game, posting next-level speed and a touch of long-range shooting.
The Cougars are deep and experienced at guard, so this season will likely be a learning experience for Hansen. But he’s excited about the prospects of an in-depth NCAA tournament as part of that Cougar roster.
“Our goal is obviously the Final Four,” he said. “We want championships and that’s what Alex talks about every day. This is our expectation. We could take some losses during the season, but we’re going to come back and we’re going to have a great season and do whatever it takes.
Men’s basketball exhibition
Christian from Colorado (0-0) at BYU (0-0)
Thursday, 7 p.m. MT
Marriott Center, Provo
Radio: BYU Radio, Sirius XM 143 / BYU Radio App, KSL 1160 AM / 102.7 FM
Live Statistics: byucougars.com
Word: Colorado Christian is a Division II school that plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. … Its mascot is also “Cougars”. … They return three double-digit goalscorers in 5-10 senior Ross Williams (19.6 points per game), 6-4 in sophomore Andy Stafford (17.8) and 5-11 senior DJ McDonald (15.1). … Colorado Christian finished 4-14 last season. … BYU officially opens the regular season on November 9 by hosting the State of Cleveland.