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BYU Athletics Blog | 2009

Andy Katz Blog Entry About Coach Rose

Jul 06, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:07 pm | Permalink

Andy Katz, a senior college basketball writer for, wrote a great blog entry on Monday about coach Rose's battle with cancer. We're all grateful Coach is doing well. Check it out.

Tavernari Playing with Brazilian National Team

Jul 06, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:08 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Senior-to-be Jonathan Tavernari is participating with the Brazilian National team for the second-straight summer. In 2008 Tavernari was the only non-professional to play for Brazil in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Tavernari has been practicing with the team in Sao Paulo since June 28 preparing for the Lusofonia Games from July 13 to 19 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Lusofonia Games is a multinational multi-sport event that includes for Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) countries and others with significant Portuguese communities. Countries that have participated in the past include Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Portugal, India, Macau, China and others.

Brazil will gear up for the Lusofonia games with exhibitions from July 10 to 12 against Angola, Finland and Portugal. The team is also scheduled to play in the Super Four Tournament in Argentina on Aug. 3 and 4, the Tuto Marchand Cup from Aug. 18 to 20 and the Tournament of the Americas from Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.

For more information on the national team check out the official site of Brazilian Basketball.. The only problem is that it is in Portuguese. A great opportunity for Cougar fans to polish their foreign language skills.

Continue to check for updates throughout the summer.


Jul 05, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:13 am | Permalink

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Suns Announce Summer League Roster

Jul 02, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:24 pm | Permalink

We've already posted about Lee playing with the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Summer League but here is a story about the roster being announced.

Former Sun 'Thunder Dan' Dan Majerle will coach the squad that will include draft picks Earl Clark and Taylor Griffin and current Suns Alando Tucker, Robin Lopez and Goran Dragic.

Here is the story from the

official website of the Phoenix Suns.

We're Tweeting Now

Jul 01, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:54 pm | Permalink

We've just made it easier for you to follow BYU athletics with the exclusive BYU athletics page on Twitter.

You can receive updates — or Tweets — via Twitter through the web at the exclusive Twitter page for BYU athletics, on your mobile phone, via instant messaging (IM) or through e-mail.

Cougar fans can add the BYUathletics Twitter page to their own blog, Facebook page or other social networking site.

Need a lesson on Twitter? Here are the basics:

What is it?

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

How often will the BYUathletics page be updated?

Throughout the day.

How do I receive information?

Twitter allows you to customize how you receive messages. Get alerts via the web, text messages, instant messages and e-mail. It's up to you!

How do I sign up?

Go here, create a username and password. After you sign up, you will need to go the BYU athletics Twitter page and click "Follow" in the upper left-hand corner under the BYU logo.

Lee Cummard Playing with the Suns NBA Summer League Team

Jul 01, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:45 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

As announced earlier this week on, Lee Cummard will play for the Phoenix Suns NBA Summer League Team. As versatile as he is, I think he will make a good impression on the Suns brass and hopefully get a chance to earn a spot on the team.

Click here for NBA Summer League information.

In related news, Cummard was named to the inaugural All-Undrafted Team assembled by college basketball analyst Steve Lavin. Cummard earned third-team honors. There are a lot of nice players mentioned, many of whom have signed to play in the NBA Summer League.

Basketball Commercial

Jul 01, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:26 pm | Permalink

Check out the commercial for the basketball team. Here is a note about the commercial from Bill Hoops, the marketing guru for the team:

Together with Matt Slack Productions (music), Issimo Productions (filming) and Canasian Media (editing) we put together this commercial to inspire fans to buy season tickets for next season. It showed during March Madness and during the NBA Playoffs. The music is original work. The footage is from the Red camera at a couple games last year. The editing is spectacular. Thanks everyone, especially the Cougars for highlights worthy of hotness.

Fredette a Hall of Famer

Jul 01, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:21 pm | Updated: November 11, 2011 1:55 pm | Permalink

If you've been following us online, you'd know that Jimmer Fredette was recently inducted in the Capital District Hall of Fame in New York. Not bad for someone about to enter his junior year of college.

After doing a little more research about Jimmer's impact at BYU in his two years so far as a Cougar, I came up with a few tidbits.

- The first Cougar point guard since Marty Haws in 1989-90 to earn first-team all-conference honors. Haws was a senior that season and ironically, his son Tyler will be a freshman on the team this fall.

- Going back even further in the history books, Fredette is the first Cougar sophomore to earn first-team all-conference honors since Michael Smith in 1986-87. Only nine other Cougars have earn all-conference honors as sophomores: Danny Ainge (78-79), Kresimir Cosic (70-71), Kari Liimo (66-67), Terry Tebbs (54-55), Joe Nelson (47-48), Randy Clark (47-48), Floyd Millet (33-34), Jay Whitman (33-34) and Elwood Romney (31-32).

- Fredette has scored 780 points in his first two seasons, coming off the bench as a freshman and starting 32 of 33 games as a sophomore. The only other Cougars in the last decade to score more points in their freshman and sophomore seasons were Trent Plaisted with 824 in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and Mark Bigelow with 866 points in 1998-99 and 2001-02 (served a two-year mission in between). Fredette started 32 of 68 games in his first two years while Bigelow started 57 of 58 and Plaisted started 62 of 63 games. Fredette's sophomore scoring average of 16.2 points is the highest of the three.

Check out this video prepared by our video services coordinator, Jordan Feinauer, for the hall of fame induction ceremony.


Click to watch the video.

Travis Hansen Update

Jul 01, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:55 pm | Updated: April 12, 2012 4:26 pm | Permalink

Former BYU Cougar Travis Hansen has made his mark overseas playing professional basketball in Russia with Dynamo Moscow. He is currently back in the states, conducting camps and looking for a new team, possibly in the NBA. Check out Jason Franchuk's article on Hansen in the Daily Herald.

Hansen and his wife have also become heavily involved in charitable work, starting the Little Heroes Foundation while in Russia.

Here is a piece by Sammy Linebaugh from The Mtn. about Hansen and the Foundation.

The Foundation will be hosting a charity basketball camp from July 8-10 at the Flash Factory (formerly Open Court) in Lehi, Utah. 

Welcome to the BYU Men's Basketball Blog

Jul 01, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:38 pm | Permalink

Check out the newest addition to the, the men's basketball blog. Get additional info about the team, the players and coaching staff all year by visiting the blog.