By: Jay Yeomans
Published: May 3, 2019
It has been an eventful couple of months since our last update.
Brandon Davies has delivered some monster performances on European basketball’s biggest stage while Eric Mika has proven to be a valuable inside player on his new German squad. Elijah Bryant, Tyler Haws, Matt Carlino, Damarcus Harrison, and Jonathan Tavernari have also provided plenty of offensive punch for their respective clubs, while Charles Abouo has bounced back from a tough injury with some strong showings.
Here is the latest on how the former BYU Cougars have done in recent weeks on the floor around the globe.
The EuroLeague playoff run came to an end for Zalgiris Kaunas, but not before Brandon Davies showed that he is one of the best players in Europe. In a 99-82 Game 4 loss to Fenerbahce Istanbul, the former BYU big man registered a game-best 25 points on the strength on 9-for-12 shooting from the field and 7-for-9 from the foul line. He also collected a game-high seven rebounds (two on the offensive end) and handed out three assists in 31:02 on the court.
In the EuroLeague regular season, Davies finished in the top five in scoring, averaging 14.43 points a night on 56 percent shooting from the field and 76.5 percent from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 24:27.
Davies has also played extremely well in Lithuanian League action despite playing limited minutes on the top team in the league. He is ninth in the LKL in scoring, averaging 11.7 points a night on 62.2 percent shooting to go along with 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals in 18:13.
Eric Mika has been a strong inside player since arriving in Germany from Italy. He has scored in double figures in eight of 13 games. He best showing recently came in a 103-78 win over Jena when he tried his professional career-high with 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the floor and 5-for-7 from the line. He added six rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal in 28:44.
Since joining Medi Bayreuth, Mika is averaging 12.5 points a night on 67.4 percent shooting from the field and 81 percent at the free-throw line. He also contributes 5.2 rebounds (2.3 on the offensive end) in 21:06.
Elijah Bryant has continued to play at a very high level for one of the elite teams in Israel’s top league. He has scored in double figures in 10 straight games as Hapoel Eilat has improved to 20-9 on the season. His best showing of late came in an 89-77 win over Nes Ziona when he recorded 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field, including a red-hot 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. He also chipped in with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 32 minutes on the floor.
In 28 games on the court, Bryant in fourth in the Winner League in scoring, averaging 17.1 points a contest on 56.5 percent shooting from the field, 38.5 percent from 3-point range and 76.5 percent at the charity stripe. He also contributes 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 31.7 minutes.
Despite some recent ups and downs, Tyler Haws is in the middle of his most productive season as a pro. His best showing recently came in a three-point loss to Forca Lleida when he registered a team-high 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field, 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 at the line. He added three boards and an assist in 29 minutes.
In 33 games, Haws is averaging 13 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the floor, 37.6 percent from 3-point range and 88.9 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28:23.
Matt Carlino has been a wildly productive bench performer all season long for the top team in France’s Pro B. His best game in recent weeks came in a 94-78 win over Evreux when he totaled 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting from deep and 4-for-4 at the line. He added five rebounds, two helpers and a steal in 21 minutes.
In 27 games, Carlino is averaging 14 points a night on the strength of 39.1 percent shooting from 3-point land and 83.8 percent at the charity stripe. He also averages 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 22.3 minutes.
Damarcus Harrison has been playing very well as TLU/Kalev has made a run to the Estonian League finals. His best game in the semi-final series came in a 78-75 win when he recorded a game-high 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds in 36 minutes.
In Estonian League action, Harrison is averaging a team-high 16.9 points a game on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 44.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He is also managing 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 35 minutes.
Jonathan Tavernari closed the season in fine fashion for a team that just missed out on the playoffs. One of his best games of the entire season came in a season-ending 93-83 win over Virtus Cassino when he drilled six 3-point shots to finish with 20 points. He added five rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 29 minutes.
In 20 games with Givova Scafati, Tavernari averaged 8.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 21 minutes.
Charles Abouo has returned from injury with a bang, scoring in double figures in seven of 11 games after a 10-game absence. His best performance since returning to the lineup came in a 101-81 win over Gries-Oberhoffen where he earned game MVP honors after registering 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-4 from distance and 3-for-3 at the foul line. He also recorded six steals, three rebounds, and an assist in just 23 minutes.
In 16 games, Abouo is putting up 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 24.4 minutes.
Frank Bartley IV had a terrific showing in his first season on professional basketball. One of his best games of the season came in a 107-104 overtime, playoff loss to the Moncton Magic when he registered a game-best and season-high 32 points on 11-for-21 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the foul line. He added seven assists, three boards, and a steal in 43 minutes.
In 42 games between the regular season and playoffs, Bartley averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals to take home the NBL Canada Rookie of the year award.
Kyle Collinsworth’s season ended earlier than expected when he suffered a foot injury that forced him more than a month of G-League action. Before he was sidelined, the NCAA’s triple-double king started 28 games and averaged 10.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting from the field. He also averaged 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.8 steals in 31.1 minutes a contest.
After spending the latter part of the season putting up some impressive numbers in Estonia, L.J. Rose has moved on to Australia to play for the Gold Coast Rollers. His best game since landing with the Rollers came in a 95-90 win over the Southern Districts Spartans when he recorded 17 points while handing out a game-high nine assists in 32 minutes.
With the Rollers, Rose is averaging 14.5 points, 9.0 assists, and 2.0 rebounds.
Agustin Ambrosino has spent the season playing for two different teams in Argentina’s La Liga. His best game of the year came in the last month in an 86-85 win over Regatas Corrientes when he recorded 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range. He added 11 rebounds, four assists, and a steal in 33 minutes of work.
In 25 games with Estudiantes, Ambrosino is averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.