BYU Cougs in the News: Fredette to square off against NBA power; Abouo, Ambrosino have quality showings

By: Jay Yeomans

Published: August 29, 2018

For those of us who couldn’t get enough of watching Jimmer Fredette play on American soil this summer, we will get at least one more opportunity to see him perform against American competition.

The former BYU guard will get another chance to show what he can do, this time against high-level NBA competition, when he and his Shanghai Sharks match-up with the Houston Rockets on October 9, 2018.

It will be the third season in a row that the Sharks will make the trek to Houston to face the Rockets who will feature a new-look big-three with Carmelo Anthony joining James Harden and Chris Paul.

While Fredette missed the game in 2017, he put on a show in the 2016 match-up when he delivered 33 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a steal in 42 minutes of work.

Fredette is coming off a very strong performance in The Basketball Tournament where he helped to carry Team Fredette to the Final Four while averaging a tournament-best 31 points a game.

He also showed off his passing skills finishing in the top five in assists with 5.0 helpers a game. Fredette finished in the top 10 in 3-point shooting as well, connecting on 43 percent of his long-range jumpers.

Ambrosino has double-double in playoff game

While many of the other former BYU professional basketball players are just heading to their teams to start the 2018-19 campaign, Agustin Ambrosino is nearing the end of another strong season in Bolivia.

The Former Cougar contributed a nice performance in an 89-68 loss to Pichincha, finishing with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. Through three games in the first-round series, he is averaging 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Ambrosino and his CAN Oruro squad hold a 2-1 advantage and will look to close out the first-round series on Wednesday night.

Abouo shines in loss

Abouo had a strong offensive showing in his first appearance of the season as his ADA Blois fell to Cholet Basket, 89-68. In the loss, he totaled a team-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. He added two rebounds and a pair of assists in 27 minutes on the floor against the tough ProA squad.

Carlino comes off bench in first game with Roanne

Matt Carlino had a solid outing for Roanne on Wednesday in a 97-57 win over ALS Andrezieux.

In his first game back in France since his rookie season, the former BYU guard finished with seven points on 3-for-8 shooting from the floor, including 1-for-2 from distance. He added four assists, two rebounds and a steal in 17:21.

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