Archive for March 14, 2017

In just his third game back from a month-long absence with an ankle injury, former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth returned to form as he put up one of his best games of the season as the Texas Legends beat up the Iowa Energy 148-105 in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday night.

Collinsworth finished with nine points on 3 for 7 shooting from the floor and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line. He also added a game-high 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks in 27 minutes.

He got first basket of the night in the second quarter when he put the ball on the floor and got to the paint for a tough floater. He followed that up just seconds later with a nifty assist as he threw a behind-the-back pass to a wide open Warney for a free-throw line jumper. He got back on the board minutes later when he attacked the basket and finished in traffic for his second field goal. His last basket of the night came on a lay up after he grabbed an offensive board.

He had plenty of help as five Legends’ players scored in double figures led by Andre Dawkins who totaled 37 points on 12 for 17 shooting from beyond the arc in 24 minutes off the bench. Jameel Warney also reached the 30-point mark on 12 for 18 shooting from the floor and 6 for 6 from the foul line.

Texas also got double-doubles out of Pierre Jackson who put up 19 points and 11 assists while Stephane Lasme chipped in with 14 points and 10 boards.

Jarell┬áMartin paced the Energy in the loss with 25 points and 14 rebounds in 36 minutes before fouling out. Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round pick Wade Baldwin IV also had a solid statistical night as he recorded 22 points on 4 for 5 shooting from 3-point range to go long with six assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes.

For the season, Collinsworth has played in 32 games where he is averaging 6.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting from the floor while adding 7.5 rebounds (2.9 on the offensive end), 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals in 28 minutes. Those numbers are good enough to place him at No. 9 in the league in steals, No. 10 in offensive rebounds, No. 20 in assists and No. 23 in rebounds.



Brad Shepard of Bleacher Report ranked the 16 best college quarterbacks since 1973, and BYU signal-caller Ty Detmer made the list at No. 12.

After talking about his numbers, Shepard looked at Detmer’s greatest strengths, saying, “Nobody put up PlayStation numbers quite like Ty Detmer, who finished in the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting three times. He ran LaVell Edwards’ offense to perfection and is recognized as the greatest of BYU quarterbacks ahead of the likes of Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Robbie Bosco.”

Shepard then explained why Detmer made the list, saying, “He set 42 records in a single season as a junior, cementing his greatness with a 28-21 victory over top-ranked Miami, in which he passed for 406 yards against the defending national champion. He won the Heisman Trophy once and finished third as a senior, and he turned a dormant Cougars program back into a WAC power, winning three consecutive division titles.”

Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow topped the rankings followed by Nebraska’s Tommie Frazier and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

Dante Exum featured

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon looked at the progression of Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum after Exum’s career day against the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend.

After looking a his performance versus the Thunder, MacMahon wrote, “There are a few point guards, such as Westbrook, who accelerate faster than Exum. Good luck finding one who stands 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan.”

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