Eric Mika saw his first game action in Italy for VL Pesaro in a friendly against lower division Aurora Jesi, and had a monster performance. The former BYU big man finished with a game-high 19 points as his team walked away with a 95-66 win on Saturday.
Tyler Haws and Jonathan Tavernari also saw their first action with their new Italian clubs.
Haws finished with four points in a 114-70 win over Mantova while Tavernari totaled three points in an 80-74 win over Virtus Bologna to advance to the Finals in the tournament for the Meridiana Trophy.
On the gridiron
What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday, Kai Nacua made the 53-man roster for the Cleveland Browns and Taysom Hill was looking for a new gig after he was released by the Green Bay Packers.
Today the fortunes of the two former Cougars have turned.
Nacua was let go by the Browns to make room for waiver pickups just a day after tweeting about making the NFL was a, “Dream come true.”
As for Hill, he found a landing spot with the New Orleans Saints.
It’s more proof of how things in the NFL can change in an instant. Yesterday, it was Packers’ fans questioning the move to let Hill go. Now it’s Browns fans wondering why the team parted ways with Nacua.
As for other former Cougars on the worst day of the year for NFL players, Harvey Langi made the New England Patriots after he signed with the team as an undrafted free agent.
He joins a linebacking group that already features another BYU playmaker in Kyle Van Noy.
Patriots Wire writer Henry McKenna talked about the move to keep Langi, along with three other undrafted free agents, saying, “Harvey Langi, Jacob Hollister, Cole Croston and Adam Butler made the squad. They all deserved it.”
In other news involving former Cougars, Detroit Lions edge rusher, Ziggy Ansah was activated from the physically unable to perform list and should be ready for the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 10.