It's no secret that the BYU offense was very unbalanced last season, which led to some inconsistent nights when the guards were not producing.
This year, Utah State transfer Kyle Davis will likely provide a more substantial post presence with a soft touch around the basket. He has a decent jump hook, and will hopefully have a solid mid-range jump shot. He also has a very good instinct for grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring on put backs — a skill no BYU big man really displayed last season.
Davis will likely step in to the starting power forward position that was occupied by the recently graduated Josh Sharp toward the end of last season. Because he will likely be playing alongside either Corbin Kaufusi or Nate Austin, it will be important for him to prove he can stretch the defense from time to time with a reliable jump shot, so the driving lanes for Kyle Collinsworth and others don't become too clogged up.
Similar to Nate Austin, Davis is a high-volume rebounder. As a sophomore at Utah State in 2013-14, he averaged 7.6 rebounds per game playing just 25 minutes a contest.
While Davis should have success in the paint early on, it will be interesting to see how he fares against a team like Gonzaga, where he will be undersized and have to rely on his strength. He is usually able to avoid getting into foul trouble (only 2.1 fouls per game during his time at Utah State), so hopefully he will continue that trend so freshmen Jakob Hartsock and Braiden Shaw aren't thrust into too much action right away.
It would not be surprising to see Davis accumulate many double-doubles this season, helping to alleviate the rebounding demands placed on Kyle Collinsworth last season. He should provide almost everything the frontcourt lacked last season, and figures to be a huge part of a more balanced offensive attack for the Cougars this season.