Former Hoosiers In NBA Summer League Action

Jordan Wells, Staff Writer
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A handful of former IU players aim to impress in NBA Summer League action over the next couple of weeks.

Here's a rundown on each former Hoosier in-action.

Yogi Ferrell

Notes: Ferrell earned NBA All-Rookie second team honors after averaging 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 36 games last season with the Mavericks. The second-year point guard will contend with former NC State standout Dennis Smith Jr. for playing time - Smith was selected No. 9 overall by Dallas in the 2017 NBA Draft.

"I think Yogi and Dennis are going to push each other,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “You know, Yogi is super competitive. He started a lot of games as a D-League call-up and basically a 10-day, and I know that he’s just as competitive as Dennis is. They’re going to push each other. And I think that young core is what we want to continue to build on and grow with, and hopefully surprise a lot of people.”

Schedule: LINK

Troy Williams

Notes: Williams averaged 6.2 points per game last season after playing 24 games for the Memphis Grizzlies, then ended the season with the Houston Rockets. He'll play for the Rockets in the Summer League.

"Last year was my first year in the NBA," Williams told the Houston Chronicle. "I'm just taking it one day at a time, but it's a little more serious.

"I got my foot into the door. Now, I just have to stay here.

"I'm still learning new things, getting ready for summer league. Same thing I showed last year, running the court, defend, take the open shots, make plays at the right time."

Schedule: LINK

Thomas Bryant

Notes: Bryant was chosen No. 42 overall in the 2017 Draft and landed with the Lakers. He'll suit up for Los Angeles this summer and try to earn a roster spot.

"I think he’ll be able to help us defensively as a rim protector and then opening the floor as a shooter," Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. "His length around the rim is disruptive.

"When he steps out to the top of the key you've got to guard him because he's got a beautiful 3-point shot."

Schedule: LINK

James Blackmon

Notes: Blackmon wasn't picked in the 2017 Draft but will suit up for the Philadelphia 76'ers this summer. He's already played in one contest, scoring 18 points in 19 minutes of play in a 100-94 for loss to Utah on July 5.

Schedule: LINK

Will Sheehey

Notes: Since leaving Indiana after the 2014 season, Sheehey has played in a few different leagues, including overseas and in what was formerly known as the NBA D League (now the G League). He'll suit up for the Toronto Raptors this summer.

Schedule: LINK

OG Anunoby

Notes: Anunoby is not expected to play as he continues to recover from the knee injury he suffered at Penn State in January.

"He's a big-time talent and if it wasn't for his injury he would have gone a lot higher," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. "He's a guy that our scouts targeted and luckily he fell to us.

"There were a lot of teams right behind us that were salivating to get him."


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