Archive for January, 2017

The Deseret News recently caught up with former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, who was at home on a short break from his duties with the China Basketball Association’s Shanghai Sharks for the Chinese New Year.

Fredette discussed how he ended up in China, what it has been like in the CBA, including some of the different rules and what’s it has been like to have the green light.

He also touched on how he ended up with a shoe deal, how his ankle is coming along from a recent injury and if a stay in China is in his long-term plans.

Deseret News: What went into the decision to head to China instead of going to Europe or an NBA camp?

Jimmer Fredette: We just felt like the Shanghai situation was the best situation for me and my family at this point. We had some different camps that we could have gone to in the NBA, but nothing guaranteed at that point. In Europe, we had some good offers as well, but we felt the Shanghai opportunity was the best opportunity.

It’s obviously a massive city. The people in China love basketball. It’s a shorter season and they pay really well over there. It’s an opportunity to go over and showcase what you can do and play a lot of minutes and hopefully be able to do what you can.

Fortunately, it’s turned out well so far. Having Yao Ming as the owner was a big reason why we felt like it was a good situation for us. He knows the NBA game and about me and they treat their team like an NBA team. It’s been a really good situation.

DN: How has the CBA been different from your experience in the NBA?

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In the latest NBA Power Rankings by Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes the Utah Jazz jumped three spots, up to No. 3.

Of Utah’s recent play, he wrote, “The Utah Jazz haven’t been world-beaters lately, but they’re not so far removed from a six-game winning streak that ended Monday. And it’s easy to rationalize a pair of losses, one that came via a Russell Westbrook game-winner and another in Denver on the second night of a back-to-back set.”

Hughes continued, “Boasting a 15-3 record in games when both Gordon Hayward and George Hill play, Utah’s only clear weakness remains health. And with Alec Burks returning to the fold (and showing an athletic burst nobody else on the roster can touch), the Jazz are as close to whole as they’ve been all season.”

BYU and Utah coaches ranked

Pat Forde of Yahoo!Sports ranked the college coaches on a 1-to-5 scale based on a Fan Satisfaction Index.

Forde gave Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and BYU coach Kalani Sitake both a three, or what Forde calls, “stay the course.”

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Another big offensive performance from Eric Mika helped the Cougars to an 85-77 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions on Saturday night.

Mika finished with a game-high 27 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the floor and 11 for 14 from the foul line while adding nine rebounds and four blocks.

The Cougars also got solid production from TJ Haws and Yoeli Childs as they improved to 16-7 on the season, including 7-3 in WCC action.

Haws finished with 19 points on 6 for 11 shooting from the floor with four rebounds while Childs added 10 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Buay Tuach paced the Lions with 21 points while Brandon Brown and Steven Haney chipped in with 17 points apiece.

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