Men's Basketball Blog

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.

Wardenburg Feature

Jul 30, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:53 pm | Permalink

Assistant coach John Wardenburg was featured by the Tri-County News in Kiel, Wis., the town where he grew up.

Fredette's Summer Success

Jul 29, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:04 pm | Updated: April 12, 2012 3:45 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette has been doing some further refining to his game since returning home to New York for a few weeks. He has joined up with 518 squad in the NCAA Certified King of Kings Summer League in Utica and quickly made his presence felt in two games. In his first game Fredette led 518 to a 102-79 victory over Maintain Swagger with 27 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. He followed that with 40 points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals in a 93-87 overtime win over Prestige Elite.

Fredette's team will return to action next week on Monday or Wednesday with the playoffs to follow.

Seth Stoker discussed Fredette's offseason in an article for the Daily Universe.

Hansen Signing on Real Madrid Website

Jul 27, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:09 pm | Permalink

Check out the announcement of Travis Hansen signing with Real Madrid on the team's website. There are a few photos—including on of him taking his physical—and a highlight video.

Former Cougar Joe Nelson Passes Away

Jul 23, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:55 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar basketball All-American Joe Nelson passed away at the age of 82 on Monday. Below are a few links to learn about the great person Joe was and his career at BYU.

Obituary

Player Bio

Cougar Club Hall of Fame Profile

Video on Austin Ainge Being Introduced as Head Coach Maine Red Claws

Jul 23, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:55 pm | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:31 pm | Permalink

Here is a short video clip from Austin Ainge being introduced as the head coach of the Maine Red Claws, the newest franchise in the NBA Development League.

Here is a link to the video.