Marcus Keene makes NBA Summer League debut

Zach Libby , Chippewa Country Contributor
Chippewa Country

The final game in a Central Michigan uniform for Marcus Keene ended in a 41-point scoring effort against Kent State in the opening round of last season's Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Keene, finishing the year as the country's leading scorer at 29.96 points per game and setting the single-season MAC record with 959 points, waited over four months before touching a basketball court again on Monday.

But in his awaited debut at the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League with the Washington Wizards, the undrafted free agent attempted just two shots for two points, but did record 11 minutes of playing time with three assists and one steal.

Coming off the bench in the 91-87 loss to the Miami Heat at the Thomas & Mack Center, Keene did not see action last Saturday in the Wizards' first game against Memphis.

The same goes for fellow former Chippewa guard Rayshawn Simmons.

Simmons returns to Washington's summer league roster after finishing up his time with Oril Prostejov of the Czech Republic National Basketball league. Simmons and Keene were teammates for one season at CMU, but the latter was forced to sit out due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Simmons has logged in zero minutes so far as Washington is scheduled to face the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday with the tournament following suit.

The Wizards have one remaining 'two-way' contract' after announcing the signing of rookie Michael Young this past Wednesday. Under the new CBA, each franchise is able to sign two additional players to its roster and assign them to the G League, formerly known as the NBA Development League.

The goal with these contracts is to develop the youngsters in training camp during the month of October before giving them more playing time in the minor leagues.

The window remains slightly open for Keene to join Washington's 17-man roster, but all likelihood would be for him to ship out overseas or fight for a G League contract somewhere else.

The Wizards, who are using nearby NBA affiliates like the Delaware 87ers, won't have its own developmental team until the 2018-19 season, becoming the 27th NBA team to do so.

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