BYU Basketball: Payton Dastrup Receives Praise From Dave Rose in Limited Role
Former Top-150 recruit has been a spark off the bench for BYU in his limited opportunities.
Dave Rose said Dastrup is one of the best he’s ever had in “…wanting to win in the worse way.”
PROVO — BYU was down 20-12 with 9:40 left in the 1st half against Pacific yesterday and was struggling yet again with the Tigers, a team that upset the Cougars earlier in the month.
Head coach Dave Rose decided to sub in Payton Dastrup who weeks earlier was deemed to be having a diminished role according to Rose. Dastrup entered the game and immediately ignited a spark for a BYU team that was struggling with the mismatches Pacific’s unique lineup created for a short-handed Cougar squad.
Dastrup buried a three-pointer after his first touch, played excellent defense on the opposite end of the floor, and less than two minutes later, Dastrup finished at the rim for an and-one opportunity cutting BYU’s deficit to 22-20 at the under eight media timeout.
The former top-150 recruit according to Rivals in the class of 2014 showed he deserved a role against a Pacific squad that reminded Dave Rose of the old Mountain West teams of the past in San Diego State and other physical squads that attacked the rim.
Dastrup finished with five points in only 10 minutes of play (zero minutes in the second half). I asked Rose in the post-game press conference if Dastrup had made a case to have a bigger role moving forward.
“He did a great job. Bringing an energy to a team that was really needing that energy,” said Rose.
To attack Pacific’s unique lineup, BYU turned to a 2-3 zone, which hasn’t been common for this year’s Cougar squad.
“He’s best defensively when we zone, but we don’t zone a lot. He continues to improve,” Rose added.
Dastrup has gained a cult following on social media not just for his efficient play, but also, for his energy and passion he brings on the bench with his celebrations and it has been noticed by Rose.
“One thing about Payt that is probably as good as anybody as we’ve ever had, is that he wants this team to win in the worse way. He contributes anyway he can with a lot of distractions.”
If BYU wants to have a chance to knock off both Gonzaga and St. Mary’s in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas, they are going to need depth. Dastrup can provide quality depth for this team. We’re talking about a guy who single-handedly helped ignite BYU to wins over two solid teams in rival Utah and WCC foe Pacific, in limited minutes. He deserves more minutes to see what he can do with a bigger role in Rose’s rotation.