BYU Cougs in the news: Collinsworth is back in the NBA; Jimmer shines during All-Star weekend; Mika stars in game between former Cougars

Kyle Collinsworth wasn’t out of the NBA for long.

Just three days after the Dallas Mavericks let him go, the former BYU standout landed back in Dallas on a 10-day contract, the team announced on Saturday.

It was a move that was expected to happen from the moment that Dallas released Collinsworth to claim Jalen Jones off waivers.

In his first game back with the team, Collinsworth did not play in a 107-101 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jimmer shines on All-Star weekend

Jimmer Fredette had a really strong showing during the All-Star weekend festivities for the CBA.

The Shanghai Sharks’ scoring machine put on a shooting clinic on Saturday night in the first round of the 3-point shooting contest as he tied for the top score of 21 to advance to the finals.

He also shot it well in the final round as he put up a score of 19, but that was only good enough for a second place finish.

Yu Changchun took home first place with a total of 24.

While he wasn’t able to defend his 3-point crown, Fredette did get a win on Sunday in the All-Star game as the South outlasted the North, 147-138. Even though he couldn’t replicate his 32-point performance from a season ago, Fredette did finish tied for second in scoring on the south squad with 26 points.

Yi Jianlian led the way for the South team in the win with 28 points, 11 rebounds and four assists to take home MVP honors.

Now that the All-Star festivities are over, Fredette and his Sharks will look to make a final push for the playoffs starting on Tuesday when they face off with Justin Hamilton and the Beijing Ducks.

Hamilton, the former Lone Peak High School star is averaging 23.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.6 assists in 36.2 minutes a game.

Mika stars in game between former Cougars

In a matchup between former Cougars, Eric Mika and VL Pesaro knocked off Jonathan Tavernari and Dinamo Sassari 88-85 on Saturday.

Mika had one of his most complete games of the season in the win as he totaled 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 5-for-6 from the foul line. He added six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. He also had a game-high value score of 26 and was a +10 while on the floor in 25 minutes.

Through 15 games, he is averaging 14.4 points on 51.2 percent shooting from inside the arc while adding 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 28.3 minutes.

As for Tavernari, he didn’t play in the three-point loss.

 

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