BYU Cougs in the news: Frank Bartley IV takes home another big honor; The latest on Collinsworth, Mika, Davies and Carlino

Published: April 10, 2018

Frank Bartley IV took home another in a long line of awards over the weekend as the former BYU guard was honored with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year.

It was a well deserved honor for Bartley who led the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns to a 27-7 record, a Sun Belt regular season championship and a trip to the NIT. Along the way, he averaged a team-leading 17.8 points a game on 43.3 percent shooting from the floor and a league-best 86 percent from the foul line. He also chipped in with 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 30.7 minutes a contest.

It was the second time in as many years that Bartley was recognized by the LSWA after taking home the Newcomer of the Year in 2016-17.

Bartley was also named to the Sun Belt Conference First-Team member and an NABC All-District First-Teamer.

In his two seasons on the floor with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Bartley averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 66 games.

Eric Mika had another solid performance on Sunday as VL Pesaro climbed out of last place in the Italian League standings with an 80-72 win over The Flexx Pistoia. In the win, Mika totaled 10 points on 50 percent shooting from the field to go along with four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 28 minutes.

Through 25 games, he is averaging 14 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists in 29.2 minutes.

Brandon Davies also played well on Sunday as Zalgiris Kaunas beat Alytus Dzukija 82-60. In the lopsided win, the former BYU big man registered nine points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 3-for-4 from the foul line. He added five rebounds, a game-high four steals and two assists in 13:53 of work.

Through 29 Lithuanian League games, Davies is averaging a team-high 8.9 points on 56.9 percent shooting from the floor to go along with a team-best 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 15.6 minutes a night.

Kyle Collinsworth had a nice outing in limited minutes on Sunday as the Dallas Mavericks fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 109-97. In the loss, the NCAA’s triple-double king totaled two points, three rebounds, an assist and a block in 7:57.

In 31 games, he is averaging 2.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14 minutes.

Matt Carlino stuffed the stat sheet on Sunday as his Roseto Sharks pushed one of the top teams in Italy’s Serie A2 to the limit before falling 84-82. In the narrow loss, he managed 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 29 minutes.

In 19 games, Carlino is averaging 18.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals in 30.6 minutes.

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4 comments

  1. Dave Rose badly needs a much better program manager who knows basketball. This constant string of kids who can help this moribund program being run off has become a bad joke. If you want a shock look at Rose’s JC recruits, not one contributor since the Argentine/or Brazilian big man who had a nice couple of years. Recruiting for BYU is tough, the school is academically highly competitive and demands much but you end up with a degree that has meaning. It’s made tougher by the puzzling way Rose decides who he needs and who is expendable. Dave Rice did an outstanding job in Provo, and look at what his Nevada team did at the dance. I wonder why Rose didn’t try to bring him back. Predictably Rose went inbred.

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