Archive for January 3, 2017

For the second time in as many months, former BYU guard and current Shanghai Sharks star, Jimmer Fredette has been named the Asia-Basket.com, Asia Player of the Month for December.

Fredette led the Sharks to an 10-1 record, while putting up huge numbers just about every night out. He averaged 39.6 points a game on 50.2 percent shooting from the floor, including 39.7 percent from 3-point land and 92 percent from the foul line. He added 10.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 41.3 minutes.

In that 11-game stretch, Fredette had six 40-point games and five double-doubles. Some of his great performances include a 46-point game in a 114-101 win over the Jiangsu Dragons, a 47-point, 14-rebound night in a 113-11 win over Shandong and a 44-point, six-rebound, six-assist effort in a a 111-98 win over Qingdao. The win over Qingdao was also one of his best shooting games of the season as he knocked down 18 of 27 shots from the floor, including 6 for 9 from beyond the arc.

After two dominating months, Fredette has led the Sharks to the top of the CBA with a 21-3 record after a tough loss on Sunday. He is also the league’s leading scorer, averaging 38.8 points on 49.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.4 percent from 3-point range and 92.5 percent from the free-throw line while adding 8.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals.

Fredette and the Sharks have one game left (against the Shenzhen Leopards on Wednesday night), before the all-star break where Fredette will participate in the game and also in the 3-point competition, according to his Facebook page.

 

It was an interesting year for college football in Utah. The Utes jumped out to a hot start but faltered down the stretch on their way to a nine-win season.

The BYU Cougars opened up the season with three losses in four tries before reeling off eight wins in nine games to come out with nine wins of their own.

As for the Aggies, they struggled most of the season on their way to a three-win campaign.

While each of the in-state Division I schools had differing levels of success, plenty of players had great individual seasons.

There were also some great performances from Utah players who played their college football outside the state.

This team is the players with local ties or from local teams who had the best seasons.

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After a hard-fought, 101-89 win over the Brooklyn Nets, the Utah Jazz are back in action as they head to Boston to square off against the Celtics.

The Celtics are 20-14 on the season after a 117-114 win over the Miami Heat that saw guard Isaiah Thomas drop a career-high 52 points.

Thomas has been on fire of late, averaging 31.8 points on 50.9 percent shooting from the floor, while adding 6.0 assists in the Celtics’ last 10 games.

While he is clearly the offensive leader of the team, it is what small forward Jae Crowder will be able to do against Utah’s Gordon Hayward that will have a huge impact on this game.

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