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BYU Athletics Blog | 2009

New Player Bio Additions

Jul 15, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

In an effort to improve the historic information on our website, I've begun to add former player bios. I started with the All-Americans. Here are the links.

Elwood Romney, 1931 and 1932

Joe Nelson, 1948

Mel Hutchins, 1951

Roland Minson, 1951

Joe Richey, 1953

Dean Larsen, 1954

Terry Tebbs, 1956

Tom Steinke, 1957

John Fairchild, 1965

Dick Nemelka, 1966

Kresimir Cosic, 1972 and 1973

Danny Ainge, 1978, 79, 80 and 81

Devin Durrant, 1983 and 1984

Michael Smith, 1987 and 1988

Jeff Chatman, 1988

Andy Toolson, 1990

Shawn Bradley, 1991

Nate Call, 1992

Gary Trost, 1993

Randy Reid, 1994

Russell Larson, 1995

Mekeli Wesley, 2001

Rafael Araujo, 2004

Trent Plaisted, 2006

Keena Young, 2007

Lee Cummard, 2008 and 2009

Lamont Doin' Work

Jul 14, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Lamont Morgan, Jr., taught some basketball basics to True Blue reporter Chris Francia. Check it out.

Travis Hansen Camp Recap

Jul 13, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:33 pm | Updated: April 12, 2012 3:47 pm | Permalink

Perfect Record for Brazil

Jul 13, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari and the Brazilian national team finished 3-0 at the International Tournament of Almada. The Brazilian squad won three close games and closed things out with a 77-73 victory over Portugal. Tavernari finished the tournament with a scoring average of 15.0 while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and from downtown.

Here is a link to view the box scores form the tournament. To view a game click on the graphic that looks like an eye on the left side of the chart.

On another note...

Here is a link listing the career scoring in New York high school basketball history. You might recognize No. 14 on the list.

Brazil 2-0 in Exhibitions

Jul 11, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:36 am | Permalink

The Brazilian Senior National Team picked up another win today in Portugal, defeating Finland 95-89 for its second exhibition victory in preparation for the Lusofonia Games starting July 14. Tavernari hit the game winner and had 25 points in the Angola win (89-86).

Looking Through the Vault

Jul 10, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:33 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink has a great feature called the Vault. It allows you to search for past articles back to the 1950s. There is a great article from 1984 about Devin Durrant, BYU's third al-time leading scorer. The article is titled "A Young Man with a Mission" and was penned by Jack McCallum.

Here is a link to Durrant's bio on his website,

NBA Summer League Starts Today

Jul 10, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:29 am | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:44 pm | Permalink

The NBA Summer League starts today and former Cougar Trent Plaisted will be in action with the Detroit Pistons against the Sacramento Kings at 4 p.m. MT.

Visit Detroit's team page for the team roster, schedule and updated stats throughout the week. To see how Plaisted performed in last season's summer league visit this story on

Phoenix's page is also updated with the schedule and roster, which includes Lee Cummard. Stats will be updated as games are played. The Suns first game is Monday, July 13, at 4 p.m. MT against the Dallas Mavericks.

All games are available on demand at will keep you updated throughout the next nine days.

International Rankings, Watch Cummard and Plaisted

Jul 08, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:28 pm | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:43 pm | Permalink

With senior Jonathan Tavernari (Brazil) and sophomore Charles Abouo (Cote d'Ivoire) competing with their respective national teams, I thought it would be interesting to see where those teams ranked amongst the rest of the world's national teams. All the national teams are ranked by FIBA using a point system.

Brazil is currently 16th in world and fourth out of 11 teams in FIBA Americas (the world is divided into five zones, including Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania). Cote d'Ivoire is 51st in the world and 11th out of 19 teams in FIBA Africa.

Speaking of Jonathan, check out the Q&A recently posted on

The NBA Summer League is set to tipoff on July 10 in Las Vegas. For those not able to make the trip to see former Cougars Lee Cummard (Phoenix Suns) and Trent Plaisted (Detroit Pistons) in action, the NBA is making every game available on demand for a slight cost.

Plaisted and the Pistons will debut vs. the Sacramento Kings. on July 10 at 3 p.m. PT and Cummard and the Suns will debut on July 13 at 3 p.m. PT vs. the Dallas Mavericks. Here is the complete schedule.

2009-10 Roster Now Online

Jul 07, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:45 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The men’s basketball roster has been updated online. The Cougars must find a way to fill the shoes of do-it-all guard/forward Lee Cummard, who is currently a member of the Phoenix Suns NBA Summer League squad.

While replacing Cummard’s production and leadership will be difficult—he was the team’s leading scorer, shot blocker and free throw shooter and was second in assists and rebounds—BYU will have a very experienced roster in 2009-10. The Cougars return four starters including first-team All-MWC junior point guard Jimmer Fredette (16.2 ppg, 4.1 apg), third-team All-MWC senior forward Jonathan Tavernari (15.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg), junior guard Jackson Emery (7.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), who was named to the 2009 MWC All-Defensive Team, and senior center Chris Miles (7.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg).

Also back are BYU’s top-four bench players from 2008-09. Sophomore guard Charles Abouo (2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg in 08-09) is gaining international experience playing with the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) National Team this summer. Senior point guard Lamont Morgan, Jr. is also back after averaging 3.6 points and 1.8 assists and providing energy and a change of pace off the bench.

Post players James Anderson and Noah Hartsock will be sophomores in 2009-10. Anderson showed great potential in 2008-09 averaging 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds while adding 15 blocks in 27 games. He had a 10-point, seven-rebound and five-block game against Boise State and scored a career-best 16 points to go with seven boards against Colorado State at home.

Hartsock came on strong at the end of the season, coming up big late in the season. He had seven points and seven boards in a comeback win at San Diego State. In the MWC tournament against the Aztecs he had seven points, five boards and two blocks and in the NCAA Tournament against Texas A&M he posted a career-best 10 points.

Also returning are sophomore guard Michael Loyd, Jr., a contributor off the bench in 2007-08 who redshirted last season, and freshman guard/forward Brock Zylstra, who redshirted in 2006-07 before serving a two-year Church mission in New Zealand. Loyd, Jr., averaged 2.2 points and 1.2 assists while shooting .381 from downtown in 2007-08.

In addition to the returners the BYU coaching staff welcomes three recruits with winning pedigrees. Junior transfer Logan Magnusson comes to the Cougars from Salt Lake Community College where he helped the Bruins win the 2009 NJCAA Division I national title. At Wasatch High he won back-to-back state titles.

Tyler Haws is a freshman out of Lone Peak High School where he was Utah’s Mr. Basketball as a junior and senior, only the second player in state history to achieve that honor. He led Lone Peak to state titles as a sophomore and junior and a second-place finish his senior season.

Brandon Davies is a freshman out of Provo High School where he earned first-team all state honors his senior year. He helped lead Provo to state titles his sophomore and junior years and his senior season the Bulldogs took second.

From the 2008-09 team, BYU returns 74.5 percent of its point production, 76.3 percent of its rebounding production, 78.2 percent of its assists, 85.0 percent of its steals and 84.7 percent of its made threes.

Abouo to Play for Cote d'Ivoire National Team this Summer

Jul 07, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:09 pm | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:30 pm | Permalink

Sophomore-to-be Charles Abouo is a playing for his native country’s national team this summer, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). He is currently training with the team and playing in exhibition games in preparation for the FIBA Africa Championships in Libya from Aug. 5-15.

The top three teams from the FIBA Africa Championships will qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Cote d’Ivoire is a member of Group A with Libya, Nigeria and South Africa. 

Cote d’Ivoire is making its 19th appearance in the biannual event. The team finished second in 1978 and 1980 and first in 1981 and 1985. Cote d’Ivoire’s best finish since 1985 was fifth in 1989. The team has qualified for every tournament since 1978.

Continue to visit the BYU men’s basketball blog and for updates on Charles and Jonathan as they represent their countries this summer.