BYU Cougs in the news: Collinsworth just misses triple-double in win; Jimmer sits; Mika shines with new team (video)

By: Jay Yeomans

Published: January 18, 2019

Kyle Collinsworth had one of his best games as a pro on Thursday night as his Raptors 905 knocked off the Greensboro Swarm, 119-117.

The former BYU star finished with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc and 3-for-4 from the foul line. He added a game-best nine assists, nine rebounds and three steals in 41 minutes of work.

The NBA G League Twitter page shared highlights of his performance.

Through 21 games, Collinsworth is averaging a career-best 11.8 points on 47 percent shooting from the field to go along with 7.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 32.2 minutes a night.

Sharks get crushed without Jimmer

Without the services of Jimmer Fredette on Friday, the Shanghai Sharks got drilled by Tianjin Gold Lions, 128-102.

The Sharks had no answers on either side of the floor without their star guard, who missed the game because of technical foul accumulation, as the Gold Lions jumped out to a 15-point first-quarter lead and never looked back.

Luis Scola paced Shanghai in the loss with 30 points and 13 rebounds as the team dropped to 15-17 on the season.

Through 30 games on the floor, Fredette is averaging 37.4 points on 53 percent shooting from inside the arc, 41 percent from 3-point range and a league-best 95 percent at the foul line. He also chips in with 6.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists while topping the league charts with 3.0 steals in 40.3 minutes.

Fredette and the Sharks will be back on the floor on Sunday as they try to snap their losing streak against the Beijing Fly Dragons.

Mika has big night in Champions League

In just his second game with his new squad, Eric Mika delivered his most productive game of the season on Wednesday as Medi Bayreuth fell to Virtus Bologna, 93-83.

Despite playing limited minutes in the loss, Mika really made his presence felt with 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field and 5-for-6 from the foul line. He also chipped in with four rebounds (three on the offensive end), an assist and a block in 11:06 on the floor.

Chatman has big game against Louisville

Jordan Chatman caught fire from beyond the arc, but it wasn’t enough as the Boston College Eagles fell to the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, 80-70.

Chatman led the way for the Eagles in the loss, finishing with a team-high 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field, including a blistering 6-for-10 from 3-point land. He added three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes.

On the season, Chatman is averaging 12.8 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 boards in 35.8 minutes a night.

Toolson shines as Wolverines break even in league play

Jake Toolson had a great shooting performance on Thursday night as the UVU Wolverines improved to 2-2 in WAC play with a 82-61 win over UT Rio Grande Valley.

In the win, Toolson totaled a game-high 19 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from distance and 6-for-6 at the line. He added a game-high eight rebounds to go along with a pair of assists and a steal in 30 minutes.

On the season, Toolson is averaging 15.8 points a night on 58.2 percent shooting from the floor, 48.6 percent from 3-point land and 90 percent at the foul line. He also contributes 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 33.5 minutes a contest.

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7 comments

  1. Jay, I got a question about a accumulation of technical fouls that kept Jimmer from playing Today Friday 01/18/2018 game which the Sharks got blown out in that loss ? Jimmer never gets in foul trouble in all the game he plays in, so do you know what C B A round / number game that these technical fouls on Jimmer occurred? So after the results of this game this loss makes the Sharks 15 wins 17 losses on this season with 14 games to play in this C B A season. Us Jimmer fans are rooting that Jimmer has a great 14 game stretch scoring wise, takes over the leauges scoring lead while leading the Sharks into the C B A play offs. Us Jimmer fans believe that N B A teams will be looking to add Jimmer to their teams following his dominate last 3 years in the C B A. Jimmer certainly deserves another N B A opportunity because he truly earned this. But if this N B A opportunity does not materialize the C B A leauge is a great option Aim sure the Sharks and the rest of the C B A teams will offer a top dollar contract for Jimmer to continue playing in the C B A, because he is that leagues super star, and Jimwr continuing to play in the C B A almost assures Jimmer A legend in China

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    1. As for going back to China, I think that’s a long shot. I don’t have any inside information but it feels like he really wants to make another push to get back to the NBA.

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  2. Jay, For Jimmer’s sake I hope a NBA eam or teams opportunity ‘s out there for Jimmer after the completion of this C B A 2018 / 2019 season ? In the past some of Jimmer’s detractors so called experts on the N B A try comparing Jimmer to Tim Tebow the foot ball player who could not stick in the N F L. Us Jimmer fans know Jimmer is one of the best scorers on the planet, it does not matter what leauge Jimmer plays in. So these Jimmer detractors enjoy always trying to tear athletes down for a Goff or laugh because they think they know it all? Sure there are lots of N B A players that lile Jimmer, remember how great he was in College, and know he is very talented and would make a great team mate. Personally I don’t trust any N B A team who might give Jimmer another chance to be on their team to be fair with Jimmer and give him meaningful minutes during games? A few years ago Jimmer’s brother mentioned he would perfer to see Jimmer playing China because Jimmer has created a huge name and following for him self on China as the top C B A player there. I agree, why should Jimmer tale a chance on interrupting his C B A career for a not so sure playing minutes opportunity signing with a N B A team? I read the highest paid C B A player just signed a 3 year 7. 5 million dollar contract. I think is Jimmer chooses to sign again in the C B A the Sharks or one of the other 19 C B A team would offer Jimmer at least a 3 year 7. 5 million dollar contract and possibly a higher amount than that and perhaps a longer in years contract ?

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    1. China was definitely the right move three years ago. I was a very outspoken proponent of that move for a few years before he went over.
      But, to me, things are just different now. He has a young family with another baby on the way. I don’t see him heading back to China unless he were to make arrangements to bring his family full time.
      And if a deal doesn’t work out in the NBA, then I could see him going to play in Europe for a few seasons.

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