BYU big man Fousseyni Traore is expected play Saturday night versus Cincinnati, multiple sources tell me. Fouss has not played since November 24 after suffering a hamstring and knee injury versus NC State.
The junior started in BYU’s first six games and has started in 60 of 72 games in his career. Fouss was BYU’s best returning player coming into the season. As a sophomore he was named second team All-WCC after averaging 13 points and 8 boards. In 6 games this season he is averaging 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds.
I expect Fouss to come off the bench tonight and have his minutes limited behind starter Aly Khalifa. Atiki Ally Atiki has been playing some the best ball of his career and figures to be an important part of the game plan versus a big Cincinnati front line.
Mark Pope has said he hoped Fouss would be ready for the game as he had had fully participated in practice this week for the first time since the injury. Aly Khalifa has been spectacular at the 5 spot with his passing and floor spacing, but adding Fouss to the mix gives BYU its best low block scorer and one its best players as Big 12 play begins.