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The season of ups and downs has continued for the NBA and D-League players with local ties. While Damian Lillard and Jakob Poeltl have performed well lately, others have seen their minutes diminish. We have also seen two others return to the floor, as Kyle Collinsworth came back from injury and Ronnie Price joined the Suns while Andrew Bogut saw his season come to an end with a broken leg.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Foster has been a remarkably consistent rim protector for the D-Fenders’ second unit. His best recent showing came in a 101-97 win over the Iowa Energy when he finished with nine points on a perfect 4 for 4 shooting from the floor and 1 for 1 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes.

In 28 games, he is averaging 2.6 points on 50 percent shooting with 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 11.1 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

Wright has become a valued piece off the Raptors’ bench since returning to the lineup. His best game of late came in 104-89 loss to the Miami Heat when he totaled 13 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the floor and 3 for 3 from the foul line. He added three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 25:11.

In 15 games with the Raptors, he is averaging 5.9 points on 40.6 percent shooting with 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 16.8 minutes.

In five games in the D-League, he averaged 12.6 points on 51.2 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 5.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks in 29.6 minutes.

Jakob Poeltl, Utah, Toronto Raptors

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Two months to the day from his last game action, former BYU standout guard Tyler Haws returned to action for Poland’s Anwil Wloclawek and had one of his most impressive showings as a professional basketball player.

He finished with 21 points on 7 for 7 shooting from the floor and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line as Anwil crushed Start Lublin 112-77 on Sunday. He added three rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in 23 minutes. And he did all that while wearing a mask to protect his healing cheekbone that he broke in practice.

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Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports listed five potential Cinderella teams in college football for the 2017 season, and the first team on his list was the BYU Cougars.

Talking about the Cougars, he wrote, “Who better to take on the title of college football’s Cinderella than the team who arguably best personifies it? At the very least, BYU is on the short list for well-known ‘giant killers.’ In the three years of the College Football Playoff, no team outside the Power Five has cracked the top four, but the Cougars have a chance with their schedule. ”

After looking at BYU’s difficult early schedule that features LSU, Utah, Wisconsin and Boise State, he continued, “That’s a tough stretch, but the Cougars are talented enough to win many of those games.”

Other schools who made the list are Kansas State, Mississippi State, South Florida and Syracuse.

Jimmer Fredette, Rafael Araujo ranked among NBA busts who succeeded overseas

Korey Beckett of Sportster ranked the top 15 basketball players who failed in the U.S. but succeeded overseas, and former Cougars Fredette and Araujo made the list.

Beckett had Araujo ranked at No. 7, saying, “Araujo made many different stops outside of the United States, including Spartak Saint Petersburg, Flamengo, France and Pinheiros. The highlights of Araujo’s overseas career came from a backboard-shattering dunk in 2011, as well as an NBB Championship in 2009 when he was playing with Flamengo in his native Brazil.”

Beckett had Fredette as the No. 1 player on his list, saying, “Now, Fredette is arguably the best player in all of China as a member of the Shanghai Sharks.

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