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It has been a crazy year for former Cougars playing basketball around the world as 12 previous BYU players have played for 16 teams, in 11 different countries. Some are playing big roles on some of the top teams in China, Poland and Italy while others have changed teams and leagues while trying to find the right fit and an opportunity to shine.

Here is a look at where former Cougars played this season and how they have performed so far.

Charles Abouo, Denain (France-ProB)

Abouo has had a very solid campaign during his first year in France. His most productive recent outing came in a 75-69 win over Saint Chamond when he totaled 15 points on 6 for 13 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 5 from distance. He added four rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in 26 minutes.

On the season, he is averaging 9.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting to go along with 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.1 minutes.

Agustin Ambrosino, Gandia (Spain-LEB Silver)

Ambrosino played the first part of the season in Spain for a struggling team, but the left before the season was over. He has since found a new home in Bolivia where he will play for Calero De Potosi.

In 18 games in Spain, he averaged 7.8 points on 35.1 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Rashaun Broadus, Vechta (Germany-BBL)

Broadus started out his season on one of the top teams in Lithuania before he moved on to Germany where he is playing for a team that has won just three of 32 games. His best showing in recent weeks came in a 91-90 loss to Jena when he finished with a team-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc. He added a game-best seven assists, three rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes.

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Pete Prisco of CBS Sports went through 20 guys he likes better than the NFL scouts do, and Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata made the list.

Talking about Asiata, Prisco wrote, “This 6-3, 330-pound guard is a power player who excels in the run game. He would be a nice addition to a team looking to get tougher inside. He is limited some in pass protection, even though he was a right tackle some in college. At 25, he’s a little older, but also more mature.”

Some other names listed were USC’s Adoree Jackson, Iowa’s Desmond King, Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel and San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey.

Jimmer ranked the most famous athlete from Warren County

New York Upstate ranked the most famous athlete from each of New York’s 62 counties, and former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette was the representative for Warren County.

Of Fredette, they wrote, “Born in Glens Falls in 1989, Fredette became its high school basketball team’s all-time leading scorer, and 16th in New York State history. Despite his high school accomplishments, none of college basketball traditional powers recruited him. He attended BYU and averaged 22 points a game as a junior, and 28 as a senior. He was named the national player of the year and holds most of the school’s offensive basketball records. He was drafted tenth in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He recently scored 73 points in a game for the Shanghai Sharks.”

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Michael Pixley of I Sports Web looked at why a possible reunion between the Chicago Bulls and former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette would make sense.

After talking about Fredette’s path from the BYU to China, Pixley wrote, “With a Chicago Bulls team ranked No. 25 in scoring and most likely to miss the playoffs, moves are going to have to be made this off-season. A reunion between Chicago and Fredette would make sense.”

Pixley then looked at Fredette’s success in the CBA before discussing how he would fit with the Bulls, saying, “With only two true scorers in Jimmy Butler and Wade, Fredette who seems to be in his prime would add a nice piece for this Bulls team. Whether it would be coming off the bench or starting spot which would be unlikely, Fredette could add a boost in scoring for this weak Bulls team.”

Fredette also recently announced that he will be featured in an episode of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” which will air Sunday.

ESPN released a preview on Wednesday of the episode. Click here to watch the preview.

The Kyle Whittingham defensive coaching tree

Ian Boyd of Sports Treatise examined the roots of the defense that produced coaches Dave Aranda and Todd Orlando, who fall under the coaching tree of Utah head coach, Kyle Whittingham.

Boyd wrote, “To count as a part of this tree a coach ideally builds his defense around zone blitzing and uses the ‘rover, mac’ language that I believe traces ultimately to Kyle Whittingham at Utah.”

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