Cougar Nation Round Up – June 27th, 2016

Catch up on the latest news in Cougar Nation

Two former Cougar hardwood stars sign NBA Summer League contracts

It wasn’t long after Thursday’s NBA draft for Kyle Collinsworth to find his first home in the NBA in the Dallas Mavericks.

Collinsworth, who proclaimed himself to be a Mavericks fan since he was a child, signed a contract to join the team for summer league.

It is expected that he will join the team in Las Vegas, but not in Orlando.

The second player to have signed a summer league contract is Jimmer Fredette with the Denver Nuggets.

Fredette was last in the D-League for the Westchester Knicks after stints in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, and New York Knicks.

Fredette joined BYU Sports Nation earlier this month and said he is putting all communication with teams from Europe on hold as his focus is to return to the NBA.

BYU Baseball picks up left-handed pitcher from Grossmont College

Aaron Cross comes to BYU via Grossmont College. He spent two years prior at San Diego State, redshirting in 2015.

At Grossmont, Cross had a 2-1 record, six saves in 31 innings pitched with 41 strike outs and an outstanding 0.29 ERA.

It is unknown what his role will be with the 2017 pitching staff, but he adds depth to a pitching rotation that was thin at times this last season.

Tanner Mangum highlighted by Bleacher Report

In a post titled 2016 College Football Quarterbacks with the Strongest Arms, Tanner Mangum was recognized for his breakout freshman year.

Mangum’s cannon of a right arm had to be completely rebuilt and reloaded when he arrived to Provo as a 21-year-old freshman quarterback last fall. The Cougars passer told Lindsay Schnell of Sports Illustrated he “lost a lot of muscle mass, a lot of strength” during his two-year LDS mission in Chile.

But Mangum has gotten it all back and then some at BYU, as he posted five 300-yard games as the starting quarterback for the Cougars in 2015. He’s got the strength to make all the throws, and he still has room to grow as a quarterback.

Mangum is currently battling for the starting quarterback position with oft-injured star Taysom Hill who was able to return for one last campaign with the Cougars.

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