There have been some really impressive performances in recent weeks from the former Cougars who decided to finish their college eligibility elsewhere. Frank Bartley IV and Jamal Aytes had led the pack with repeated big nights as they have helped their respective teams to crucial nonconference wins.
Here is a look at where the former Cougars are playing and how they have performed so far this season.
Jamal Aytes, senior, Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Aytes delivered another strong performance as the Thunderbirds outlasted Pepperdine 88-82 on the road. He managed a team-high 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in 33 minutes.
It was his third straight game with a least 19 points as Southern Utah even its record at 3-3 on the year.
In seven games, he is averaging 15.0 points on 60.3 percent shooting from the field with 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 20.1 minutes.
Frank Bartley IV, senior, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
Bartley scored in double figures for the seventh game in a row as the Ragin’ Cajuns knocked off Nicholls 105-80 on Friday. He finished with 19 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 6-for-9 from the foul line. He added five rebounds and three assists as Louisiana improved to 6-2 on the season with their first road win.
It was just another strong outing for Bartley who was coming off a week where he won the Sun Belt Conference Co-Player of the Week.
On the season, he is averaging 15.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting from the field with 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 27.3 minutes a night.
Cory Calvert, junior, UVU
Calvert went scoreless while playing just nine minutes in wins over North Dakota and UTSA, but didn’t play in the loss to BYU. His best game so far came in a win over Eastern Oregon when he managed 11 points, five rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes.
On the season, he is averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 7.0 minutes a contest.
Jordan Chatman, junior, Boston College
After missing a game with a shoulder issue, Chatman had a strong effort in his return to the lineup as the Eagles beat Hartford 73-61 on Saturday. In the win, he totaled 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line in 31 minutes.
On the season, he is averaging 10.6 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 95.8 percent from the foul line.
Zach Frampton, sophomore, Dixie State
Frampton saw his most floor time of the season in a 12-point win over the Academy of Art on Saturday where he finished with two rebounds and an assist in 13 minutes.
On the season, he has scored two points while grabbing nine rebounds and handing out five assists in 48 total minutes.
Isaac Neilson, senior, UVU
Neilson is one of the most efficient bench contributors in the country. He had one of his best games of the year on Saturday in an 8-point win over UTSA when he recorded 19 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the foul line. He added 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end and had a highlight reel block in just 15 minutes of work.
On the season, he is averaging 8.9 points on 74.4 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds in 18.1 minutes.
Jake Toolson, sophomore, UVU
Toolson has made huge contributions to the Wolverines all season long. He is second on the team in scoring and assists and third in rebounding while starting all eight games. His best showing of late came in an 88-80 win over UTSA when he finished with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes.
On the season, he is averaging 12.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30.6 minutes.