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BYU Basketball Senior Profile: Skyler Halford

A spotlight on senior guard Skyler Halford as senior night approaches.

Feb 6. 2014, cougars guard Skyler Halford (23) goes to the basket while being guarded by Santa Clara Broncos forward Yannick Atanga (44) during the second half at Marriott Center.
Feb 6. 2014, cougars guard Skyler Halford (23) goes to the basket while being guarded by Santa Clara Broncos forward Yannick Atanga (44) during the second half at Marriott Center.
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BYU senior Skyler Halford will join his teammates for Senior Night this Thursday to play his 63rd game as a Cougar, and his last at the Marriott Center.

Halford played for local Timpanogos High School, leading the Timberwolves to the state tournament his senior year.  From there he headed to Utah State where he redshirted his freshman season before serving an LDS mission to Brazil. Upon his return, he signed with Salt Lake Community College where he led the Bruins to conference and regional titles, as well as the sweet 16 in the NJCAA tournament.

In October 2013, Halford signed his letter of intent to play for BYU. Coach Dave Rose said of Halford on that occasion, "He is a fantastic teammate and someone who's been a proven winner at every level." Halford has since gone on to prove that statement true while playing as a Cougar as well.

Halford has played in all but one game during his two years at BYU, starting in 13 his junior season and four so far this year. He averages 8.1 points in 16 minutes per game. The last ten games have seen Halford at his best, hitting a three-pointer in all ten games, as well as scoring in double figures in eight of those ten.  He is shooting almost 89% from the free throw line this season and is hovering around 50% from deep in the last ten games.

Among Halford's highlight moments is his performance against San Diego (January 4, 2014) where he scored 28 points on 11 field goals, four of which were three-pointers.

Halford will walk off the court in good company, alongside senior teammates Tyler Haws, Josh Sharp and Anson Winder.  Nate Austin, who has been out with an injury since before the Utah game, is also a senior.