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BYU has an impressive lineup heading in to the 2006-2007 season, but the senior laden roster will have to be rebuilt in the years a head. Cougar coaches addressed their long-term needs by recently adding another player to an already strong recruiting class.

Last year, one of BYU basketball's best players was a walk-on named Brock. This year, BYU just landed another walk-on named Brock, and he hopes to have a similar impact.

TotalBlueSports.com, has been following Brock Zylstra for the last year. TBS just learned that Zylstra committed to BYU and will walk on this year.

"Yeah, Coach Rose came by my house about two weeks ago and had dinner with my family," Zylstra said. "I've always wanted to go to BYU, I have a brother and sister that go there now, so I'm pretty excited about it."

Zylstra was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year, 1st team all CIF, and MVP of his league.

"Coach Rose said that the best player plays," Zylstra said. "They just lost two players [Brock Richner and Jackson Emery] at my position, so I'm excited to get up there and compete."

Zylstra will head up to Provo the end of July to start getting ready for the upcoming season. In the meantime, he is playing basketball everyday, lifting weights, and working with a personal trainer.

The 6-foot-6 wing is going to surprise a lot of people and will make an impact on the team one way or another. TBS evaluated Zylstra in a recent all-star game and was impressed by how well-rounded his game is. Zylstra is a lights out 3 point shooter. He gets great lift on his shots, has a quick release and beautiful form. He uses his long arms to disrupt plays and come up with steals on defense. He is quick to the basket and finishes strong around the rim. He is very competitive and can score in bunches.

The BYU coaches told Brock that depending on how he plays his freshman year, he can earn a scholarship upon his arrival back from his mission. He plans to leave on a mission next spring.

Zylstra played at Bontia High School in La Verne, California. He averaged 21.5 points and 11.2 rebounds as a senior. He also led his team in blocks and steals.


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