BYU international basketball tracker: Jimmer continues hot streak; Broadus joins the Ball brothers in Lithuania; Plaisted retires

Published: February 6, 2018

It has been an eventful month for many of the former Cougars playing basketball around the world.

Jimmer Fredette has continued to put up huge numbers in China while Eric Mika, Jonathan Tavernari and Matt Carlino have done some very nice things in Italy.

Another former Cougar has also found a new home as Rashuan Broadus landed on a team with some famous teammates while Trent Plaisted announced his retirement from pro ball after missing the season trying to recover from a partially torn Achilles.

Here is a look at where the former Cougar basketball players are playing around the globe and how they have performed so far. 

Charles Abouo, Fos-sur-Mer (France – Pro B)

Abouo has been playing really well of late for one of the top team’s in France’s Pro B. One of his best games of the season came in a win over Saint-Chamond when he scored his French League career-best 30 points.

Through 17 games, he is averaging 12.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting with 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 28 minutes a night.

Rashaun Broadus, Prienai-Birstonas Vytautas (Lithuania – LKL)

After spending the early part of the season with the St. John’s Edge in Canada’s NBL, Broadus has found a new home in Lithuania where he signed a deal to join Prienai-Birstonas Vytautas. Vytautas is at the bottom of the LKL standings, but has made plenty of news with the additions of Lamelo and Liangelo Ball.

Broadus made his first appearance on Sunday, in a loss to Brandon Davies’ Zalgiris Kaunas, and totaled four points and five assists in 12:31.

Matt Carlino, Roseto Sharks (Italy – Serie A2)

Carlino has consistently put up big numbers since joining the Roseto Sharks midway through the season. He has scored in double figures in every game, including seven 20-point games and a 30-point game.

On the season, he is averaging 19.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.3 minutes a night.

Brandon Davies, BC Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania – LKL)

Although he doesn’t play big minutes, Davies has been a solid contributor all season long for the best team in Lithuania and one of the top team in all of Europe. He has scored in double figures 13 times, including a strong showing in his last LKL game.

In 21 EuroLeague games, he is averaging 7.3 points on 59.8 percent shooting with 3.0 rebounds in 14:39.

In 21 games in the LKL, he is averaging 8.0 points on 56.9 percent shooting while adding 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 15:08.

Jimmer Fredette, Shanghai Sharks (China – CBA)

Jimmer Fredette has continued to be a scoring machine during his second season in China. He has scored 40 or more points on 15 occasions and has hit the 50-point mark seven times.

On the season, he is averaging 37.4 points on 42 percent shooting from distance and 96 percent from the foul line. He also contributes 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.9 steals in 36 games.

Tyler Haws, St. John’s Edge (Canada – NBL)

Haws started out well with the Edge in Canada, but has seen his minutes drop in recent weeks. He has scored in double figures three times in his 11 games, including a 20-point performance in a win over the Kitchener Waterloo Titans.

On the season, he is averaging 6.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting from the field with 1.2 assists in 19.5 minutes a game.

Eric Mika, VL Pesaro (Italy – Serie A)

Despite his team’s struggles, Mika has been very productive during his first season in Italy. He has scored in double figures in 14 of 18 games, including a very good showing in a loss last week. He has also totaled a pair of 20-point games and two double-doubles.

On the season, he is averaging 13.8 points on 51.1 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assists in 28.7 minutes a contest.

Jonathan Tavernari, Dinamo Sassari (Italy – Serie A)

After playing limited minutes to start out the season, Tavernari has earned a spot in the rotation and has been producing thanks to his ability to knock down the outside shot. He was especially good in a loss to UCAM Murcia and a win over Fiat Torino where he shot lights out from 3-point land.

In six Basketball Champions League games, he is averaging 6.0 points on 43.5 percent shooting from 3-point range with 1.5 rebounds in 13.1 minutes.

In seven Italian League games, he is averaging 5.6 points on 61.1 percent shooting from distance with 1.3 rebounds in 9.1 minutes.


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