Archive for December 9, 2016

The dream start for Jimmer Fredette and the Shanghai Sharks continued on Friday night as they managed a thrilling overtime 113-111 win over the Shandong Golden Stars.

Fredette led four Sharks in double figures with 47 points on 15 for 35 shooting from the floor, including 7 for 17 from beyond the arc and 10 for 11 from the foul line. He added a game and professional career-high 17 rebounds to go along with four assists and a steal in 52:38.

After a crazy tip on a missed free-throw by the Golden Stars to push the game to overtime, Fredette took over. He totaled eight of the Sharks 11 points in the extra session, including a pair of huge 3-pointers.

Guerschon Yabusele also had a nice night for Shanghai with 18 points on 7 for 12 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 6 from distance as the Sharks improved to 14-1 on the season.

Ju Peng and Lu Wei also reached double figures with 14 and 13 points respectively.

Former Sharks’ guard A.J. Price led the way for the Golden Stars in the loss with 41 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds while Jason Thompson added 18 points and 11 boards.

On the season, Fredette is averaging a league-leading 39.1 points on 50.5 percent shooting from the field, including 42.5 percent from 3-point land and 91.3 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 8.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals in more than 40 minutes a night.

What is even more impressive than his scoring stats is the fact that he is doing it while shooting above the 50/40/90 bench mark. On top of that, his effective field goal percentage is at an astounding 58.8 percent.

Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a matchup with the Tiajin Gold Lions on Sunday. The Gold Lions are 5-10 on the season after a 126-116 loss to Liaoning.

Some players to watch are former NBA players Eugene “Pooh” Jeter and Jeremy Tyler. Jeter is having a good season, averaging 27.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds while Tyler chips in with 20.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.

 

Transferring has become a way of life in college basketball. Rosters turn over every year as players head to new schools to try to find success on the hardwood.

The same holds true for our local Division I schools as they have seen players come and go on a regular basis. In fact, key players on just about every roster in the state are transfer students.

Here is a look at the players who transferred to other Division I programs from Utah schools, and how they have performed so far this season.

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James Herbert of CBS Sports looked at the good, bad and ugly performances out of the people involved in offseason NBA moves.

Utah Jazz point guard, George Hill was the second player named after Kevin Durant. Of Hill’s play so far, Herbert writes, “The unbelievable numbers — 20 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 53.4 percent shooting, 45.6 percent from 3-point range — might not be sustainable, but his steadying influence on the Jazz is here to stay. When he’s been on the court, Utah has looked like an elite team, outscoring its opponents by 14.3 points per 100 possessions. Hill is exactly what this team needed; he just needs to stay healthy.”

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