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It has been an eventful season for those who have transferred from Utah schools to play their college basketball elsewhere. There has been some huge recent scoring production from former BYU guards Frank Bartley IV and Jordan Chatman while Isaac Neilson has shown off his shot-blocking ability.

Ex-Ute Chris Reyes has made a big splash at Pepperdine while former Aggies David Collette and Lew Evans have found significant roles playing in the Pac-12 and SEC.

Here is a look at the local players who transferred to other Division 1 schools and how they have performed so far this season.

BYU

Isaac Neilson, UVU

While his offensive production has taken a dip recently, Neilson has still been a huge asset to the Wolverines thanks to his rebounding and shot blocking.

His best showing lately came in a 74-69 loss to New Mexico State when he totaled 14 points on 7 for 9 shooting from the floor with 10 rebounds and two blocks.

On the season, he is averaging 11.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting with 9.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.0 assists in 22 games.

Frank Bartley IV, Louisiana-Lafayette

Bartley has had some really big games recently even though the Ragin’ Cajuns have struggled to win games. His best outing came in an 85-82 loss to Georgia State when he totaled 31 points on 10 for 18 shooting from the floor, including 7 for 15 from beyond the arc. He added six rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes.

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Justin Rogers of The Detroit News discussed how former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy won’t point fingers at his lack of success with the Detroit Lions since moving to the New England Patriots.

Rogers wrote, “The Lions gave up on the former second-round pick and now he’s going to the Super Bowl as a key contributor on the NFL’s best scoring defense. He could gloat, he could shout, ‘I told you so,’ but he’s content to shoulder the blame for not living up to expectations in Detroit and grateful for his new life with the New England Patriots.”

Rogers then quoted Van Noy who praised many of his former coaches.

“I don’t want you to ever blame coach Caldwell because he’s a great coach,” Van Noy said. “He doesn’t get enough credit for how great a coach he is because those guys will fight for him until the death. I respect coach Caldwell. He’s one of my favorite coaches I’ve ever had. I’ll always go to bat for him.”


Keith Van Horn shares Rick Majerus quotes

Former Utah star forward, Keith Van Horn took to Twitter Monday morning to share quotes from Rick Majerus from when the two were at Utah.

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It hasn’t been a banner year in the NBA for the players with local ties. Only six players are on active rosters with only two players (Damian Lillard and Justin Hamilton) playing consistent minutes.

While players have struggled to find minutes on NBA rosters, there has been plenty of success at the D-League level, including monster recent performances from Kyle Collinsworth and Joel Bolomboy.

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 saw his first action in more than a month in a 122-118 win over the Canton Charge. In the victory, he finished with two points on 50 percent shooting with two rebounds and a block in 10 minutes.

On the season, he has appeared in eight games and is averaging 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 11.2 minutes.

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