BYU Cougs in the news: Basketball team gets commitment from Chinese big man; Brandon Davies has monster game in EuroLeague win

By: Jay Yeomans

Published: October 17, 2018

The BYU men’s basketball team has some size coming its way in the 2019 recruiting class.

Chinese big man Shengzhe Li announced on Twitter that he had committed to the Cougars.

Li, who preps at Santa Margarita High School in California as a foreign exchange student, didn’t put up huge numbers as a junior, averaging 6.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists, according to the team’s Twitter page.

It will be very interesting to see how Li fits in with the Cougars who have plans to return to an uptempo style.

Davies has big game in important EuroLeague win

Brandon Davies and Zalgiris bounced back from a tough week with a 93-79 win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul on the road on Wednesday. The former BYU star had one of his biggest days in two seasons of EuroLeague putting up a game-high 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor. He added a team-best seven rebounds (four on the offensive end), handed out three assists and swatted away two shots in 29 minutes of work.

One of the biggest plays of the game from Davies came on the defensive end of the floor where he delivered a volleyball style swat.

The EuroLeague Twitter page shared highlights of the big block.

Through two EuroLeague contests, Davies is averaging 12 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 26:56.

The latest on Mika in EuroCup

Despite having a starting role, Eric Mika has found it difficult to get consistent minutes during the early part of the season for Basket Brescia Lionessa. Tuesday was no different for the former BYU big man who saw limited action in an 84-76 loss to Galatasaray Istanbul.

In the eight-point setback, Mika finished with two points and two rebounds while making his only field goal attempt in 10:43 on the floor. In three EuroCup games, he is averaging a modest 4.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the floor and 83.3 percent at the charity stripe. He also chips in with 2.3 rebounds in 11:53.

Ambrosino stars in Liga Sudamericana win

Agustin Ambrosino had a terrific performance as Deportivo Calero came away with a 87-86 win over Piratas De Los Lagos on the final day of Group B play. In the narrow win, the former Cougar registered a huge double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four assists and a pair of steals while playing all 40 minutes.

Although the win didn’t get Calero past the group stage of the tournament, it is always better to go out with a win.

In three games, Ambrosino averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 36.4 minutes.

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