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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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David Hennessey of The Eagles Wire did an NFL prospect preview on former BYU running back Jamaal Williams leading up to the NFL draft.

Hennessey gave a scouting report on Williams while looking at strengths, places where Williams needs improvement, how he would fit with the Eagles and an NFL player comparison.

After talking about Williams’ numbers at BYU and his 40-yard dash time, Hennessey wrote, “Though Williams dealt with some injuries and missed a semester during his time at BYU, his strong running style will help him create a role for himself at the next level.”

Will looking at some of Williams strengths, Hennessey wrote, “Williams can also break tackles with his sheer strength. He almost finds the end zone here against Michigan State, despite the fact that he has to fight through contact that begins at the line of scrimmage.”

After looking at some things that Williams needs to work on, Hennessey then looked at Williams’ fit with Philadelphia, saying, “If Williams can improve his pass blocking he has a chance to be an every-down back. If not, he could fit well in a rotation with Wendell Smallwood.”

Metrics show Rudy Gobert is the best defensive center in the NBA

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report looked at the top five NBA defenders at every position based on statistical analysis, and Rudy Gobert was far and away the best center in the league.

Talking about Gobert’s value on the defensive end, Fromal wrote, “Rudy Gobert is the only player to place within the top 10 in all four of our categories—Draymond Green missed out in on/off differential—and it’s impossible to call the Utah Jazz stopper’s field-goal percentage differential a fluke. Most of his contests come around the rim, where he’s making an impact unlike anything we’ve seen in recent seasons.”

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The closer we get to the NFL draft the more thorough the mock drafts become.

Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report released one of the most detailed 2017 NFL mock drafts to date as he went through all seven rounds, including compensatory picks, and it was loaded with seven Utah Utes and a pair of BYU Cougars.

He had Garett Bolles as the first local player going off the board to the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 26 pick in the first round. After talking about some of Bolles’ drawbacks, Sobleski looked at the positives, saying, “The left tackle is a dancing bear. He finished among the top two offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle at the combine. During his position workout, the first-team All-Pac-12 performer looked more fluid than any other blocker. He’ll maul opponents, too.”

Next off the board locally was Utah safety Marcus Williams who Sobleski had going to the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 66 pick followed by Utah guard Isaac Asiata to the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 71. The first Cougar came off the board nine spots later as Jamaal Williams went No. 80 to the Indianapolis Colts.

Sobleski had two more Utes getting selected in each of the next two rounds. Fourth-round picks included cornerback Brian Allen to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 122 and offensive lineman Sam Tevi at No. 132 to the New England Patriots. Fifth-round picks were Joe Williams who landed with the Ravens at No. 159 followed by center J.J. Dielman to the Denver Broncos at No. 177.

The other Cougar taken in the mock draft was Harvey Langi who went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round with the No. 213 pick.

New Cougar shares BYU football love

New BYU Cougar football player Wayne Kirby took to Twitter on Tuesday to share a message with recruits about the love the BYU coaching staff and players have for each other.

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