While Jimmer Fredette is with San Antonio Spurs trying to make the roster, he isn’t the only former BYU basketball star who is making a living playing basketball. Seven former Cougars are on professional teams around the world looking to make an impact on their new teams.
Even though the NBA regular season is still more than a week away, the basketball year has already started for some of these Cougar legends.
Note: While Trent Plaisted is listed on the roster for La Union Formosa in Argentina, he isn’t playing there. Said Plaisted of his situation, “No, I was never in Argentina. They offered me, but I wasn’t feeling it. I ended up going to Japan, but sprained my ankle my second week there so now I’m actually just rehabbing and will probably head back out here soon so I’m in Utah at the moment.”
Here is a look at where each of the former BYU players landed for the 2015-16 season and how they have performed so far.
Rashaun Broadus, MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL)
Broadus is in his first season with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Poland. He had a rough outing in his first game of the year with four points on 2 for 12 shooting from the floor, including 0 for 4 from beyond the arc. He added four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes.
Matt Carlino, Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProB)
Carlino is in his first season of pro basketball in France after he spent 2014-15 playing for the Marquette Golden Eagles. His first regular season game is in the next week against Vichy Clermont.
Lee Cummard, Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-Scooore League)
Cummard is in his third season with Aalstar in the Belgium-Scooore League. Aalstar is 2-2 after an 84-78 loss to Mons-Hainaut. In the loss, he finished with six points on 3 for 9 shooting from the floor with a game-high nine rebounds, including five on the offense end.
For the season, he has played four games and is averaging 6.0 points on 45.5 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 5.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 19.5 minutes.
Brandon Davies, Openjobmetis Varese (Italy-Serie A)
Davies is in his first season playing with Openjobmetis Varese in Italy’s Serie-A. Openjobmetis is 1-2 on the season after a 88-81 victory over VL Pesaro . He had his best game of the young season in the win with 15 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the floor and 5 for 5 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds, two steals and an assist in 24 minutes.
On the season, he is averaging 8.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and 100 percent from the free-throw line to go along 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assists in 24.3 minutes.
Tyler Haws, Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB, (Spain-Liga Endesa)
Haws is in his first season with Rio Natura Monbus in Spain. He has had two solid outings to start the season. In an 88-53 win over Sevilla, he totaled 11 points on 5 for 6 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt. He added three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 23 minutes.
On the season, he has played two games and is averaging 10.5 points on 60 percent shooting from the floor, including 66.7 percent from 3-point land as well as 2.5 steals and 2.0 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Jonathan Tavernari, BCC Corvengenze Agropoli (Italy-Serie A2)
Tavernari is in his first season with BCC Corvengenze Agropoli in Italy’s Serie A2 and has started the first three games. In a 76-74 win over FCM Ferentino he finished with 26 points on 11 for 22 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 11 from beyond the arc. He added eight rebounds, three steals and an assist in 32:48. Said Tavernari of the fast start after three games, “What can I say? Before the season the “talk heads of Italian basketball” said we’d win 2 maybe 3 games all year. We’ve won our first three. I finally had a game I’m proud of individually, and I only was successful because my teammates and coaches put me in position to succeed.”
On the season, he has played three games and is averaging 16.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 36 percent from beyond the arc. He is also averaging 5.7 rebounds, 2,7 assists and 1.7 steals in 34 minutes.
Agustin Ambrosino, Alianza Viedma (Argentina-TNA)
While Ambrosino is listed on the roster with Alianza Viedma in Argentina, he hasn’t played in either of the first two games.