Archive for May 9, 2017

Michael Rothstein of ESPN looked at the decision that former Highland High School star Haloti Ngata made to have his brain tested before returning to the football field.

Rothstein wrote, “The 33-year-old Ngata went to get cognitive and brain exams done at The Sports Neurology Clinic at the CORE Institute in Brighton, Michigan. He underwent a series of tests that spanned two weeks because he wanted to make sure his brain was still healthy before he chose to continue playing football.”

After talking about where the idea originally came from, Rothstein continued, “Ngata said he had one diagnosed concussion during his 11-year career between Baltimore and Detroit. As part his most recent examination, Ngata said he had a brain scan, psychological tests and various assessments while he was working out and at rest to evaluate his levels of functionality.”

Rothstein then talked about CTE and brain injuries and how it helped Ngata change the way he played the game, saying, “Knowledge about — and experience with — brain injuries was part of the reason Ngata changed the way he hits opposing players. In his younger years, Ngata has said, ‘I used my head a lot more,’ but as he learned different techniques, he started to move away from that.”

Jamaal Williams could be the rookie to decide the division

Will Brinson of CBS Sports looked at the rookies who are capable of shifting the balance of power in each division and former BYU running back Jamaal Williams was one of the honorable mentions in the NFC North.

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It has been a crazy year for former Cougars playing basketball around the world as 12 previous BYU players have played for 16 teams, in 11 different countries. Some are playing big roles on some of the top teams in China, Poland and Italy while others have changed teams and leagues while trying to find the right fit and an opportunity to shine.

Here is a look at where former Cougars played this season and how they have performed so far.

Charles Abouo, Denain (France-ProB)

Abouo has had a very solid campaign during his first year in France. His most productive recent outing came in a 75-69 win over Saint Chamond when he totaled 15 points on 6 for 13 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 5 from distance. He added four rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in 26 minutes.

On the season, he is averaging 9.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting to go along with 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.1 minutes.

Agustin Ambrosino, Gandia (Spain-LEB Silver)

Ambrosino played the first part of the season in Spain for a struggling team, but the left before the season was over. He has since found a new home in Bolivia where he will play for Calero De Potosi.

In 18 games in Spain, he averaged 7.8 points on 35.1 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Rashaun Broadus, Vechta (Germany-BBL)

Broadus started out his season on one of the top teams in Lithuania before he moved on to Germany where he is playing for a team that has won just three of 32 games. His best showing in recent weeks came in a 91-90 loss to Jena when he finished with a team-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc. He added a game-best seven assists, three rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes.

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