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Morning hyperlinks: Mika signs with new Italian group; is Hill the heir apparent in New Orleans?

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Former BYU celebrity Eric Mika, left, is becoming a member of Italian group Basket Brescia Leonessa, whilst Taysom Hill has inspired New Orleans Saints coaches.

Former BYU celebrity Eric Mika is staying in Italy for his 2d season basketball, however he is becoming a member of a new group.

Basket Brescia Leonessa introduced that Mika has signed a one-year contract.

“Basket Brescia Leonessa is one of 24 teams that has qualified to play in EuroCup along with teams from Spain, France, Germany and Turkey among others,” according to jmoneysports. “That would make for a much more challenging schedule with Cup games being played alongside the Italian League schedule.”

Read the announcement in Italian here on the group’s website online.

As a rookie, Mika averaged 14.three issues, 7.three rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists in line with sport.

Is Hill Brees’ heir apparent?

Former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill obviously made a good affect with his coaches at the New Orleans Saints ultimate season as a rookie.

Are the Saints grooming Hill to be Drew Brees’ substitute when Brees retires?

“There is a less-than-secretive, inevitable occurrence the Saints and fans are dreading: Drew Brees’ retirement. The future Hall of Fame quarterback has to hang up the cleats eventually. And, at 38 years old, ‘eventually’ is a lot sooner than we’d like it to be. Brees is currently under contract for the next two seasons; afterwards is unknown,” writes Dayton Brown of whodatdish.com.

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“The smartest move for a team in this position is to develop a young QB in hopes of him becoming the heir one day. Usually this is done through the NFL Draft, so a young player can learn the offense and structure of a team while prepping to begin his journey at the start of his prime. Are the Saints doing just that with second-year QB Taysom Hill?”

And in the end …

Former BYU pitcher Michael Rucker has transitioned from aid pitcher to beginning pitcher with the Tennessee Smokies of Class AA.

“I was excited about it (to start),” Rucker tells the Knoxville News. “In college I had done both relieving and starting, so it wasn’t too much of an adjustment to go from the bullpen. Going into 2017 that was my goal. I wanted to earn a starting spot and I got a fortunate break. I seized the opportunity and made the most of it.”

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