By: Jay Yeomans
Published: September 23, 2018
It has been a very busy couple of weeks for many of the former BYU basketball stars who have continued their playing careers around the world. Not only did Jimmer Fredette head back to China to prepare for the upcoming CBA season, but Brandon Davies, Eric Mika, Charles Abouo, Matt Carlino and Jonathan Tavernari have already played in some big tournament games. Elijah Bryant and Tyler Haws have also been in action where they have produced some big scoring nights.
There is a look at where the former BYU basketball players are suiting up around the world and how they have played so far.
Charles Abouo, ADA Blois (France – ProB)
Abouo returned to Blois after a strong showing for the Ivory Coast during the African Qualifiers for the World Cup and jumped right back into the starting lineup as Blois opened up Leaders Cup action on Saturday. In a 93-87 loss to Chartres, the former BYU swingman totaled eight points two assists and a pair of steals in 21 minutes.
Jamal Aytes, Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland – SBL)
While their season starts in less than a week, Starwings have had only a few preseason games to get ready. The best showing for Aytes in those games came in a 102-55 win over Baeren Kleinbasel when he finished second on the team with 16 points.
Elijah Bryant, Hapoel Eilat (Isreal – Winner League)
Bryant has been scorching the nets for Eilat during the early part of the preseason. He had another big scoring effort on Saturday in an 80-76 loss to Bnei Herzliya. For the third game in a row, the former BYU guard was his team’s leading scorer, finishing with 22 points.
During the last three games of the preseason, Bryant is averaging 24 points a contest while Eilat has won two of three.
Matt Carlino, Chorale Roanne (France – ProB)
Carlino and his Roanne squad had a successful opening night of Leaders Cup as they managed an 80-59 win over Vichy-Clermont.
The former BYU guard had a big hand in that win as he produced 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He also contributed four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 19 minutes on the floor.
Brandon Davies, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania – LKL)
Davies has already made huge impact during his second season with European power, Zalgiris Kaunas. Not only did he play some big games as Zalgiris took home the Gloria Cup, but the former BYU big man also showed off his excellent shooting touch and deft passing skills in a 103-66 win over Pieno Zvaigzdes in the first game of the LKL campaign.
In the win, Davies managed 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor and 5-for-7 from the foul line. He also chipped in with four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 16:54 on the floor.
The BC Zalgiris Kaunas YouTube channel shared highlights of the win including all four baskets from Davies.
Tyler Haws, Levitec Huesca (Spain – LEB Gold)
Haws is off to a solid start, producing two MVP performances and four double figure scoring games as Huesca has managed a 4-2 start. One of his best games of the preseason so far came in a 75-70 loss to Forca Llieda when he finished with 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with six rebounds and three assists in 29:01 on the floor.
Eric Mika, Basket Brescia Leonessa (Italy – Serie A)
Mika played an important role as Brescia was able to secure the Roberto Ferrari Tournament championship. The former BYU big man’s best performance came in a 74-53 semi-final win over his former club, VL Pesaro when he finished second on his team with 12 points.
Jonathan Tavernari, Pallacanestro Cantu (Italy – Serie A)
Although he struggled with his outside shot, Tavernari played some very valuable minutes as Cantu advanced out of the first round of qualifications for the Basketball Champions League.
His best showing came in the game 2 win over Szolnoki Olaj when he recorded three rebounds and an assist in 21:40 on the floor.