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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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While the Chinese season has ended for Jimmer Fredette — his Shanghai Sharks got bounced in the first round of the CBA playoffs — many of the former Cougars are still in the middle of regular season play.

Some of the players still in action are producing on good teams while others have had a difficult time finding consistent minutes and production.

Here is a look at where the former Cougars are playing around the world and how they have performed recently.

Charles Abouo, Denain (France-ProB)

After a bit of a scoring slump, Abouo had one of his most productive games of the season in an 80-73 win over Provence Basket. In the seven-point victory, he recorded 19 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc and 7 for 10 from the foul line. He added five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

In 21 games, he is averaging 8.9 points on 46.9 percent shooting from the floor, including 43.5 percent from 3-point range with 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.2 minutes.

Rashaun Broadus, Vechta, (Germany-BBL)

Broadus has struggled with his shot, but has done a nice job as a facilitator since heading to Germany. His best recent showing was in a 92-74 loss to Ludwigsburg when he totaled a team-best five assists to go along with two points and a pair of steals in 15 minutes.

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Another monster performance from Jimmer Fredette wasn’t enough to carry the Shanghai Sharks into the second round of the playoffs as the fell to Shenzhen Leopards 102-95 in overtime on Sunday.

Fredette put on a show offensively as he finished with 50 points – his fourth 50-point game of the season – on 14 for 32 shooting from the floor and 20 for 20 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds and two assists in 50:32 of action.

Fredette was especially good from inside the arc as he hit 12 of 20 shots, but struggled from 3-point land as he connected on just 2 of 12 in the season-ending loss. He wasn’t the only one that was cold from the outside for the Sharks as they hit on 9 of 41 from distance, including 1 for 8 from Guerschon Yabusele and 1 for 7 from Liu XiaoYu.

Another area that cost the Sharks was on the backboards. The Leopards won the rebounding battle 67 to 56, including 24 to 17 on the offensive glass.

Maciej Lampe led the way for Shenzhen with 28 points on 12 for 27 shooting and hit a dagger three in overtime to push the game out of reach. He added 15 rebounds and five assists in 38:53. Jeremy Pargo also had a solid all-around game as he totaled 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Meng Duo added 21 points, six rebounds and three assists while Li Muhao contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

The only other players to reach double figures in scoring for Shanghai were Zhang ZhaoXu who finished with 14 points on a perfect 7 for 7 shooting from the floor and Cai Liang who had 10 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Yabusele returned from the ankle injury that sidelined him for most of game 4, but clearly wasn’t himself as he totaled just seven points on 3 for 13 shooting from the field and 0 for 2 from the foul line. He added a team-best 11 rebounds and a pair of steals in 26:28.

XiaoYu also had a tough shooting night in the loss as he registered just four points on 1 for 12 shooting from the floor, but did manage four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 51:53.

In the playoffs, Fredette averaged 40.3 points a game to go along with 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 45.3 minutes.