Men's Basketball Blog | August 2009

Rose Plays in Chairman's Tournament for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Aug 25, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:38 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose recently played in the eighth annual Chairman's Tournament for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Read about it in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Trent Whiting in Italy

Aug 20, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:15 pm | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:31 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Trent Whiting has enjoyed a successful career in Italy since playing his senior season at BYU. He averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists while shooting .390 from three and .819 from the free throw line for the Cougars.

Since 2005 Whiting has played in the Legadue, the second-highest league in Italy. In four seasons he has averaged 19.8 points and owns a shooting percentage of .472. In 128 games in the last five seasons he has scored 2,535 points.

To see his stats in Legadue, click here.

Marchand Continental Championship Cup

Aug 18, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:11 am | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:31 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari and the Brazilian Senior National Team will open play at the Marchand Continental Championship Cup today against Argentina at 4 p.m. MT. Visit tournament page for updated information including the schedule for the week and results.

Congrats to Tavernari for making the team for the second-straight summer—as the only non-professional. This summer's accomplishment may be more impressive considering the 2009 roster includes two NBA players—Leandro Barbosa of the Phoenix Suns and Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cougars in Europe Update

Aug 12, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:36 pm | Permalink

This is old news but it highlights a BYU great. At the 2008 Euroleague Basketball Final Four 50 legends of the previous 50 years of European club basketball were honored on center court. BYU's own Kresimir Cosic (1948-1995) was one of the players honors for his contributions as a player and coach. Check out a video of his daughter talking about Cosic.

Lee Cummard's signing with Alba Berlin was also announced on the Euroleague website.

In other European news, former Cougar Trent Plaisted has signed to play with BC Zadar. Plaisted played part of last season in Italy but returned to the states due to an injury. He played this past summer with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Zadar is the same team Cosic played for and the team's arena is named after Cosic.

Cummard in Germany

Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:32 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard has reported to camp for Alba Berlin. He was featured by the Berliner Morgenpost (in German of course) so take a look. Anyone else out there think we should put chain nets up in the Marriott Center?

Ainge Takes Trip to Mexico City for Basketball Without Borders

Aug 10, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:14 pm | Permalink

Former BYU Cougar Austin Ainge and head coach of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League spent four days in Mexico City as part of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program. Read about it here.

Fredette's Summer Season Ends

Aug 07, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:23 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette scored 23 points and had three assists and three steals as his 518 squad fell to Da Bombers in the King of Kings Summer League in Utica New York. It was the final game of the summer for 518.

In three games Fredette scored 90 points (30.0 per game) and had 15 assists (5.0 per game), seven steals (2.3) and nine rebounds (3.0).

Cougars on National Teams Update

Aug 04, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:00 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

It’s about that time for an update for the Cougars playing with their Senior National Teams. Jonathan Tavernari and Brazil are playing in the Super Four Tournament in Argentina. In the first game on Aug. 1 Brazil defeated Australia 74-71 with Tavernari contributing 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 shooting from downtown. He also had two rebounds and two steals.

On Aug. 3 Brazil fell 90-80 to Uruguay with Tavernari contributing 15 points. The four-team event concludes tonight with Brazil taking on Argentina and Uruguay facing Australia. The same four teams will compete in Rio de Janeiro starting Aug. 7 with Brazil taking on Uruguay and Argentina facing Australia.

From there Brazil will practice until heading to Puerto Rico for the Tuto Marchand Cup from Aug. 18 to 20, the final preparations for the Tournament of the Americas to be contested from Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.

Charle Abouo and the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) National Team will begin play at the FIBA Africa Championships (Afrobasket) in Libya on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Cote d’Ivoire is a member of group A and will play against Nigeria in its first game.