While the BYU Cougars don’t have any former players on NBA rosters right now, they have a chance to have a huge presence in the G-League this upcoming season.
G-League training camp rosters have started to get released and three former Cougars are on teams. As we reported earlier, Tyler Haws is with the Delaware 87ers while Kyle Collinsworth is back for his second season with the Texas Legends. The third former Cougar is point guard L.J. Rose who made the Salt Lake City Stars training camp roster from the team’s open tryout.
Training camps open up today and last for a week before teams will make their cut downs for the regular season. All three teams start theirs regular season schedules during the first weekend of November.
Some other former Cougars have also been playing very well in Europe lately.
Former BYU big man Eric Mika had the best game of his young pro career on Sunday in Italy as VL Pesaro dropped its third game in four chances.
Despite playing just 20 minutes in the 88-79 loss to Fiat Torino, Mika finished with 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He also had a big day on the backboards as he finished with a game-high nine rebounds, including three on the offensive end while adding two assists and a steal.
It was Mika’s third straight contest scoring in double figures and his third time in four games that he totaled nine rebounds.
On the season, he is averaging 14.3 points a game on 65 percent shooting from the floor while adding 7.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 26.3 minutes a night.
Charles Abouo has also putting up some big numbers during his second season in France. His latest strong performance came in 89-76 win over Nantes when he totaled 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting from inside the arc. He added eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block in 42 minutes.
On the season, he is averaging 13 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals in 39 minutes a game.
On the gridiron
Kyle Van Noy had another massive effort for New England as the Patriots knocked off the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. Van Noy finished with a team-high tying seven tackles, including two tackles for loss.
His biggest play came on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line when he chased down Taylor Gabriel for a 5-yard loss to keep the Falcons out of the end zone.
On the season, Van Noy is second on the Patriots with 49 tackles, including 40 of the solo variety. He is also tied for first on the team, with Trey Flowers, with 3.5 sacks and leads the team with three tackles for loss.
Daniel Sorensen also put up some big tackle numbers over the weekend as the Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders. In the one-point loss, Sorensen registered a team-high nine tackles, including six solos, two tackles for loss and a pass defended.
Through seven games, he has a team-best 41 tackles, including three tackles for loss and three passes defended.