Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post looked at the success former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is having in China.

After talking about Fredette’s time in the NBA and D-League, Sanchez wrote, “The 27-year-old Fredette, whose love of the 3-pointer and aversion to defense always made him seem more useful in video games than real games, is putting up video-game numbers. He’s averaging 37.3 points a game, the best in the league.”

Sanchez then looked at the rest of Fredette’s stats before looking at some of his new nicknames, saying, “The fans have swooned over Fredette, whom they have nicknamed ‘Lonely God’ and ‘Loneliness Master,’ according to his wife Whitney. Loneliness is an honorable trait in China, Whitney Fredette says — it shows you’re ‘invincible.'”

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It hasn’t been a banner year in the NBA for the players with local ties. Only six players are on active rosters with only two players (Damian Lillard and Justin Hamilton) playing consistent minutes.

While players have struggled to find minutes on NBA rosters, there has been plenty of success at the D-League level, including monster recent performances from Kyle Collinsworth and Joel Bolomboy.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders


Foster saw his first action in more than a month in a 122-118 win over the Canton Charge. In the victory, he finished with two points on 50 percent shooting with two rebounds and a block in 10 minutes.

On the season, he has appeared in eight games and is averaging 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 11.2 minutes.

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The Davey O’Brien Award website announced Friday that former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon will be honored as the 16th recipient of the Davey O’Brien Legends Award.

They wrote, “McMahon, the 1981 Davey O’Brien Award winner, is the 16th Davey O’Brien Legends Award recipient. He becomes the first player to be honored by the foundation as a collegian and following a professional career.”

After talking about the history of the award, they went into detail on McMahon’s career with BYU and in the NFL, saying, “McMahon was a two-time All-American (1980, 1981) at BYU before being selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1982 National Football League Draft. The 1982 UPI NFC Rookie of the Year played a total of 119 NFL games over 15 seasons for the Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.”

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