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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 UT Arlington Mavericks used a wonderful offensive performance to dismantle the BYU Cougars 105-89 in the Marriott Center on Wednesday night. The Mavericks got just about whatever they wanted all night long as the had the Cougars on their heels from the get-go. They moved the ball with precision to expose BYU’s defense deficiencies.

Drew Charles led the way for the Mavericks with a career-best 28 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 12 from beyond the arc. Kevin Hervey also had a big night with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Kaelon Wilson also managed a season-high with 20 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the field.

Eric Mika paced the Cougars with 29 points on 8 for 13 shooting from the floor and 13 for 16 from the foul line. Nick Emery provided an offensive spark as well as he totaled 24 points on 8 for 15 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 9 from beyond the arc.


Why the Cougars lost

The Cougars got embarrassed defensively because of their inability to guard in the pick-and-roll. Sometimes they didn’t hedge well on the picks while at others they rotated back to their own man too early, leaving a man wide open. BYU also struggled mightily with weak side help and it turned into more wide open shots that the Mavericks converted on.

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The Shanghai Sharks fell in heartbreaking fashion as Leopards guard Jermey Pargo connected on a jumper with less than a second ago to push Shenzhen to the 103-101 win on Wednesday.

It was the Sharks second straight loss after dropping just two games in their 23 games.

Pargo led the way for the Leopards who improved to 17-8 on the season with 31 points on 10 for 22 shooting from the floor and 10 for 13 from the foul line with eight rebounds and three assists in 44 minutes.

Muhao Li added 22 points and six rebounds while Former NBA big man Maciej Lampe totaled 15 points and seven boards.

Fredette led the Sharks in scoring with 30 points on 10 for 25 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 9 from beyond the arc and 5 for 5 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and four assists in 35:42 of action.

Guerschon Yabusele also put up some big numbers with 28 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field while adding a game-high 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks.

With the loss, the Sharks are now in a tie for first place with the Guandong Southern Tigers who beat Fujian 123-113.

Heading into the all-star break, Fredette is averaging a league-leading 38.4 points on 49.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from 3-point range and 92.7 percent from the free-throw line. He also averages 8.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals.

Following the all-star break, Fredette and the Sharks will square off against the Jilin Northeast Tigers on Wednesday. The Tigers are just 11-14 on the season, but did beat the Sharks 104-103 when the two teams met in November.

Some players to watch for the Tigers are Malcolm Thomas and Jabari Brown. Thomas is averaging 21.6 points, a league-leading 17.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists while Brown contributes 31.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists.