It has been a busy week on the hardwood for some former Cougars playing basketball overseas.
Brandon Davies, Eric Mika and Charles Abouo all played big roles in some very important games while Tyler Haws found a new place to play for the 2017-18 season.
Davies had a perfect shooting day in his first EuroLeague action as Zalgiris Kaunas came away with a huge 78-76 win over Crvena Zvezda on Friday. He finished with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the floor, including this huge putback jam. He also made both his free-throw attempts.
He also totaled five rebounds, including three on the offensive end while adding a steal and an assist while playing just 14:28 because of foul trouble.
Davies reacted to the win in a clip shared on the team’s Twitter page.
As for Mika, he had another strong showing as VL Pesaro dropped an 81-75 decision to Virtus Bologna on Saturday. He managed a team-best 14 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor while adding nine rebounds and an assist in 29 minutes.
There are some great game photos of Mika in action, including a really nice reverse dunk in photo 31 at the bottom of the link.
Through three games, he is averaging 12.3 points on 54.8 percent shooting from the floor with 7.3 rebounds in 28.3 minutes.
Abouo my have been the best of the three as he had two good outings in France. The first came in a must win game in the Leaders Cup as he recorded 14 points, nine rebounds, an assist and a steal in 36 minutes during a 71-62 win over Saint-Chamond to advance to the quarter-finals.
His other nice game came in 76-60 loss to Blois on Saturday where, although he struggled with his shot, he led the team in points, rebounds and assists in the first game a league play. In the 16-point loss, he registered 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in 36 minutes of action.
While the three are already playing regular-season games in their respective leagues, Tyler Haws is back stateside where he will have a shot to play in the G-League for the Delaware 87ers, according to Chris Reichert.
Haws spent much of the last two months in Italy where he completed training camp and the preseason with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. If Haws makes the 87ers, it would be his first professional season in the US after playing his first season in Spain and his second in Poland.
Jimmer Fredette also had some news in the last day, but it wasn’t about anything on the basketball court.
The Cougar legend took to Twitter on Saturday to share a photo of him with all-time great tennis player, Roger Federer who he met a the Rolex Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai.
Fredette and the Sharks start their regular season in a week when they play Guangzhou.