BYU Basketball Turns To Youth Movement In Starting Lineup

Dec 7, 2022, 7:04 PM
BYU Basketball, Dallin Hall...
BYU basketball freshman Dallin Hall gets his first career start against UVU. (Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)
(Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball is making changes after a disastrous loss to South Dakota last week. Tonight against crosstown foe Utah Valley University, Mark Pope is switching up the starting five.

Last Saturday, BYU lost to South Dakota 69-68, a game that saw the Cougars down by 21 points at one point.

The youth movement is on for BYU as true freshmen Dallin Hall and Richie Saunders move into the starting five. Moving out of the starting five is grad transfer guard Rudi Williams and stretch four Noah Waterman.

It’s the first time in the Mark Pope era that BYU will start two true freshmen in a starting five.

Dallin Hall and Richie Saunders earn first career starts

Hall is averaging 5.9 points and nearly three assists in 17 minutes of action per game. The former Fremont High star has a game-winner already in his back pocket from when he helped lift BYU to a last-second victory over Missouri State on November 16.

Wednesday night’s game against UVU will also be the first career start for Richie Saunders. A former Wasatch Academy standout, Saunders has been an important piece to BYU’s defensive efforts. Saunders had five rebounds and two steals in BYU’s loss to South Dakota.

On November 19 against Nicholls, Saunders pulled down a career-best nine rebounds. Then, in a blowout win over Westminster on November 29, he scored a career-high 12 points.

The rest of the starting five will include Jaxson Robinson, Gideon George, and Fousseyni Traore.


Utah Valley will go with its projected starting five in Trey Woodbury, Le’Tre Darthard, Justin Harmon, Tim Fuller, and 7-foot center Aziz Bandaogo.

BYU versus Utah Valley tips off at 7 p.m. on BYUtv and KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM, 1160 AM). UVU won the last meeting 72-65 in overtime on December 1, 2021, in Orem. BYU leads the all-time series against the Wolverines 5-2.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch and his BYU basketball coverage on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU football, Ryder Burton, QB, Springville...
Chandler Holt

QB Ryder Burton Speaks On BYU Affinity, Path To Provo

Former Springville High School QB Ryder Burton recently spoke about his path to becoming a Cougar and his plans going forward.
1 day ago
Red Rocks - 2022 Pac-12 Champions...
Michelle Bodkin

Understanding College Gymnastics Wins/Losses, Ranking System

Here we explain NQS (National Qualifying Score) versus traditional wins and losses and how they are used to rank college gymnastics teams.
1 day ago
Jimmer Fredette - BYU...
Chandler Holt

This Day In Utah Sports History: Jimmer Drops 43

On this day 12 years ago, Jimmer Fredette dropped 43 points to give Kawhi Leonard and the SDSU Aztecs their first loss of the season.
2 days ago
KSL Sports

Unrivaled: What Are The Odds… New BYU QB Kedon Slovis Passes For More Than 3,000 Yards

Wil BYU have success with Pitt transfer Kedon Slovis this year?
2 days ago
BYU Football - Fans - Flag- Jake Retzlaff...
Chandler Holt

QB Jake Retzlaff Speaks On Path To BYU, Expectations

In a recent interview on Cougar Sports Saturday, BYU QB Jake Retzlaff went over his path to becoming a Cougar and what his expectations are for the upcoming season.
4 days ago
BYU Football, Kody Epps, Ethan Erickson...
Mitch Harper

Way-Too-Early Look At BYU Football’s 2023 Offense

An early depth chart projection for BYU's offense in year one of the Big 12 Conference.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
BYU Basketball Turns To Youth Movement In Starting Lineup