By: Jay Yeomans
Published: September 26, 2019
It has been a busy couple of weeks for many of our former BYU favorites who are earning a living on the hardwood overseas.
Brandon Davies played a huge role for Barcelona as they made a run to Spain’s Super Cup championship game. After totaling six points and four rebounds in a semifinal win over Valencia the former BYU inside force went off in a matchup against Spain’s other EuroLeague power, Real Madrid.
Davies was exceptional in the 89-79 loss to Madrid, finishing with a game-high 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds and three assists in 25:54 on the court.
The Barca Basket Twitter page shared some film of Davies getting buckets.
Davies and his explosive Barcelona teammates start play in Spain’s top league on Friday.
Jimmer Fredette has also seen plenty of action recently as Panathinaikos hosted a top-level preseason tournament which included three other EuroLeague teams.
Fredette showed off his remarkable stroke from distance in the tournament as fans of the Greens got to see his scoring ability up close.
He started the tournament out with a much-anticipated matchup with Maccabi Tel Aviv who featured another former Cougar in Elijah Bryant. While Fredette got the better of Bryant in the scoring column, Tel Aviv came away with an 82-71 victory. Fredette finished with 15 points in the loss including three long-range bombs while Bryant managed 11 points, six rebounds, four steals, two assists, and a block in 24:47.
Fredette made sure that the next game had a better outcome for the Greens as he caught fire from the start as Panathinaikos knocked off Fenerbahce, 84-74.
While finishing with a modest 17 points, Fredette had all the answers early as the Greek club overcame a deficit to take the lead after one quarter as he drilled four 3-point shots on his way to a 5-for-5 shooting night from beyond the arc.
The SEBHL YouTube channel shared highlights of Fredette’s sweet-shooting night.
Fredette and Panathinaikos start their Greek League campaign on Saturday.
Another former Cougar who has seen a bunch of action in recent weeks preparing for his rookie year of pro basketball is Jordan Chatman who is suiting up for one of the strongest teams in Romania, BC CSU Sibiu.
Chatman has scored in double figures in five preseason games, including back-to-back 13 points performances in a tournament where the sharpshooter connected on 6 of 9 shots from distance.
Frank Bartley IV has put up some really impressive showings as well in his first season in Spain. In fact, Bartley earned the game MVP on Wednesday as CBC Valladolid opened the season with an 82-66 victory. He finished the night with 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to earn the honor.
In other news, both Agustin Ambrosino and Charles Abouo have found new places to play. Ambrosino is moving on to Brazil to play for Sao Jose dos Campos while Abouo is returning to France to play for a team he suited up for a couple of seasons ago in Fos-Provence.