Local Flavor in the NBA: Fredette produces; Lillard dominates

Some of our local favorites have been making a huge impact with keys shots and big performances, including some career games. Others have had a rough go as of late thanks to injuries and lack of playing time.
Here is a look at how our local college and high school stars have performed in the last few weeks.

Andre Miller, Utah, Washington Wizards

Miller has been steady in his backup role with the Wizards. He doesn’t play huge minutes, but manages the team and runs the offense in an efficient manner when he is on the floor. His best game as of late came in an 8-point loss to the Chicago Bulls when he registered eight points on 4 for 6 shooting with two rebounds and two assists.
On the season, Miller is averaging 3.9 points on 60.9 percent shooting to go along with 3.1 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes a night.
Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors
After a great start to the year, Bogut has missed the last 10 games and is out indefinitely with a knee injury, according to Basketball-reference.com.
On the season, Bogut is averaging 7.1 points on 53.7 percent shooting as well as 9.3 rebounds, three assists and 2.2 steals in 25.2 minutes a game.
C.J. Wilcox, Pleasant Grove High School, Los Angeles Clippers
Wilcox has not played since early December when he made three appearances in a 5-game stretch.
On the season, he is averaging three points on 60 percent shooting, including 75 percent from beyond the arc in three games.
Ronnie Price, Utah Valley University, Los Angeles Lakers
While he hasn’t shot the ball well, Price is in the middle of the most impressive season of his 10-year career. His spot in the Lakers starting lineup has a lot to do with that. He played especially well during the last two wins by Los Angeles. In a 10-point win over the Golden State Warriors he finished with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. He followed that up with a great shooting night in a 8-point win over the Denver Nuggets when he hit 5 of 6 shots from beyond the arc on his way to 18 points. He added four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
On the season, Price is averaging 5.4 points, 3.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 22.4 minutes a game.
Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans
In a season that has produced very few minutes and even fewer chances to produce on the offensive end, Fredette had his best two showings of the year in his last two games. In a 4-point win over the Phoenix Suns, he finished with nine points on 3 of 7 shooting from the floor and 3 of 3 shooting from the free-throw line. He added a season-high four assists and a rebound in his first game playing more than 20 minutes on the season. He followed that up with a season high in minutes and scoring one night later. In a tough overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs, he played 24:08 and totaled 14 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. He also made both his free-throw attempts and collected three rebounds.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 2.7 points on 100 percent shooting from the free-throw line in 10 minutes a night.
Brandon Davies, BYU, Brooklyn Nets
After seeing significant time during the early part of the season, Davies has had a hard time find any minutes since being traded to the Brooklyn Nets. His most productive offensive game came in a 4-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers when he scored six points on 2 of 5 shooting, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range.
In 11 games with the Nets, Davies is averaging 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.3 minutes.
Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Miami Heat
Hamilton has had a roller-coaster season with the Heat. He went from the bench to the starting lineup to out indefinitely after suffering a concussion, according to Basketball-reference.com. Before the injury forced him to miss the last five games, he had played more than 10 minutes in six of his last seven appearances.
On the season, Hamilton is averaging 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes a contest.
Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers
Lillard is one of the bright young stars in the NBA today. He is the perfect floor general for the up-and-coming Portland Trail Blazers with his ability to run the offense and put the ball in the bucket when needed. He had two dominating performances recently in road wins over San Antonio and Oklahoma City. In a 10-point win over the Spurs, he scored a career-high 43 points on 16 of 29 shooting from the floor to go along with six assists, three rebounds and two steals. Four days later, he torched the Thunder in a 4-point win with 40 points on 8 of 12 shooting from distance and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. He added 11 assists, six rebounds and two steals in one of the most complete offensive games of his young career.
On the season, Lillard is averaging 21.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting as well as 6.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35.9 minutes a night.

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