Archive for April 4, 2017

Michael Pixley of I Sports Web looked at why a possible reunion between the Chicago Bulls and former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette would make sense.

After talking about Fredette’s path from the BYU to China, Pixley wrote, “With a Chicago Bulls team ranked No. 25 in scoring and most likely to miss the playoffs, moves are going to have to be made this off-season. A reunion between Chicago and Fredette would make sense.”

Pixley then looked at Fredette’s success in the CBA before discussing how he would fit with the Bulls, saying, “With only two true scorers in Jimmy Butler and Wade, Fredette who seems to be in his prime would add a nice piece for this Bulls team. Whether it would be coming off the bench or starting spot which would be unlikely, Fredette could add a boost in scoring for this weak Bulls team.”

Fredette also recently announced that he will be featured in an episode of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” which will air Sunday.

ESPN released a preview on Wednesday of the episode. Click here to watch the preview.

The Kyle Whittingham defensive coaching tree

Ian Boyd of Sports Treatise examined the roots of the defense that produced coaches Dave Aranda and Todd Orlando, who fall under the coaching tree of Utah head coach, Kyle Whittingham.

Boyd wrote, “To count as a part of this tree a coach ideally builds his defense around zone blitzing and uses the ‘rover, mac’ language that I believe traces ultimately to Kyle Whittingham at Utah.”

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Some of the players who transferred from Utah schools found success on the floor in their new destinations while others struggled to find significant opportunities to show what they could do. The most productive of the bunch were Frank Bartley IV, David Collette and Chris Reyes, who found big roles and put up nice numbers.

Others weren’t as lucky as there were injuries, a lack of consistent minutes and even academic ineligibility.

Here is a look at the local players who transferred to other Division I schools and how they performed this season.


BYU

Isaac Neilson, UVU

After a terrific start to the season, Neilson saw his minutes and production slow until he put up a big double-double in the Wolverines’ CBI semifinal loss to Wyoming. Even though his minutes dropped, he was still a huge presence on the defensive end where he earned WAC All-Defensive Team honors. One of his best games of the season came in a 114-101 win over BYU when he recorded 26 points on 10 for 12 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc and 4 for 5 from the foul line. He added nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

In 34 games, he averaged 9.6 points on 57.1 percent shooting to go along with 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 21.8 minutes a contest.

Frank Bartley IV, Louisiana-Lafayette

Bartley was a huge piece for the Ragin’ Cajuns on both ends of the floor all season, and the Sun Belt Conference took notice as he was awarded the league’s Newcomer of the Year as well as Third-Team All-Sun Belt. One of his best games came in an 85-82 loss to Georgia State when he registered 31 points on 10 for 18 shooting from the field, including 7 for 15 from 3-point range and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes.

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