By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 4, 2020
While the NBA is still finishing up its 2019-20 campaign, most of the basketball world is already back at it for the 2020-21 season. Such is the case for many former Cougar basketball stars who have journeyed around the globe to continue their careers.
Here is a current list of where the former BYU stars of the hardwood are playing and how they have performed so far this year.
Charles Abouo, Le Portel, (France) Pro A League
After years of playing in France’s Pro B, Abouo made the jump to the country’s top league when he joined Le Portel in recent weeks. He made his first appearance over the weekend in a 91-68 loss to Limoges where he registered six points on 3 of 5 shooting from the field to go along with three rebounds, a steal, and an assist in 23 minutes on the floor.
Agustin Ambrosino, Cerrado (Brazil) NBB
After spending the 2019-20 season with Sao Jose dos Campos, Ambrosino returned to Brazil when he joined Cerrado Basquete. Cerrado hasn’t started its season as of yet.
Frank Bartley IV, Medi Bayreuth (Germany) BBL
After a tremendous season in Spain, Bartley made the move to join strong German club, Medi Bayreuth. Bayreuth starts is German League season on November 7th with a matchup against Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Elijah Bryant, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) EuroLeague, Winner League
Bryant returned to Israel for another year with international power Tel Aviv. He made a strong showing in his return to EuroLeague action in an 80-73 win over German side, Alba Berlin. In the seven-point win, he recorded nine points on 3-for-7 shooting from the field. He added five rebounds (two on the offensive end), three assists, and a steal in 19 minutes on the floor.
Kyle Collinsworth, Mikawa Seahorses (Japan) B1 League
After spending the first part of his pro career in the NBA and G-League, Collinsworth headed overseas when he was added to Mikawa of Japan’s top league. The Seahorses have jumped out to a 2-0 start to the season but the former Cougar great has yet to play.
Brandon Davies, Barcelona (Spain) EuroLeague, ACB
Davies started his fourth season in EuroLeague – two with Barcelona and two with Zalgiris – with a bang as Barcelona knocked off Russian power CSKA, 76-66. In the win, Davies was the game’s leading scorer, finishing with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the foul line. He also chipped in with four rebounds and a block in 24 minutes.
Raul Delgado, Dorados de Chihuahua (Mexico) LNBP
Delgado is off to a really nice start as a solid bench piece for one of the top teams in Mexico. One of his best showings of the early season came n a 104-92 win over Plateros when he put up 13 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, including 2-for-4 from 3-point land. He added four rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 19 minutes.
Through nine games, Delgado is averaging 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 14.6 minutes.
Jimmer Fredette, Shanghai Sharks (China) CBA
After a season in Greece, Fredette headed back to China to rejoin the Shanghai Sharks. Fredette was a huge hit with the Sharks the first time around, leading the team to three straight playoff appearances while making the all-star team all three seasons and bringing home the league’s MVP award. The schedule for the new season hasn’t been released.
TJ Haws, Trefl Sopot (Poland) PLK
Haws has started out his pro career in fine fashion as one of the keys pieces to a very strong team in Poland’s top league. One of his best outings of the young season came in an 89-74 win over Tyler’s former team, Anwil. In the 15-point win, TJ recorded a season-best 14 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, including 3-for-6 from 3-point land. He added five assists, three boards, two blocks, and a steal in 22 minutes on the court.
Through six games, Haws is averaging 10 points on 65.2 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 3.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 20.8 minutes.
Eric Mika, Partizan NiS (Serbia) Eurocup, ABA League
Mika has played two regular-season games for his new club, one in Eurocup and one in the ABA. His best showing of the pair came in an 87-78 loss to Borac where he registered double figures in scoring, finishing with 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field. He added four rebounds, including three on the offensive end and a steal in 12 minutes of work.
Zac Seljaas, BC Prievidza (Slovakia) SBL
Seljaas’s first professional stop is in Slovakia but he hasn’t played yet in the team’s first two contests. Prievidza is 0-2 without the BYU sharpshooter, including losses of 12 and 33 points.
Look for the list of former Cougars playing professionally to grow in the coming weeks and months when the 2020-21 season starts in the NBA and G-League.