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BYU Basketball Player Profile: Zac Seljaas can make it rain

The freshman can shoot, but what is his role on this team?

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Zac Seljaas was the lone signee of the 2015 commitment class for BYU, and decided to play one year for the Cougars before likely heading out on an LDS Church mission next spring.

He was a three-star recruit out of Bountiful High School, and earned some publicity when he drained a game-winning 3-pointer to beat Murray High School in the 4A Utah playoffs last season. His long range shooting is his most obvious game-changing skill that he brings to the Cougars this season, but he has a strong frame that allows him to slash into the paint from time to time as well.

At 6-foot-7, his height is excellent for a pure shooter, but his shot form makes him even taller and tougher to block because of his high release point. He turned some heads in the Cougar Tipoff with 19 points, including four 3-pointers on the night, leading the "white" team in scoring and tying "blue" team leader Nick Emery, who also scored 19.

Fans should expect Seljaas to probably be a prototypical small forward in most situations, and maybe even a big shooting guard if Dave Rose decides to go with a big lineup against a team like Gonzaga. Long-term, he’ll be a real rotation player for the Cougars, and will probably merit a starting spot once he becomes an upperclassman.