Fourteen players from teams in the current Big East - and 21 from the teams that left the Big East or are part of the American Athletic Conference - will participate in the NBA Summer Leagues, beginning today in Orlando and July 12th for teams that will play in the Las Vegas Summer League (a curiosity - most teams pick one summer league to play in; the Miami Heat will be playing in both Orlando and Las Vegas).
The players all hope to attract the attention of the team they are playing for, showing enough positives to fit on a roster at the end of the bench with a chance to move up as players falter. Others know that they're playing for the attentions of European teams and/ or keeping their names in the forefront of GMs for mid-season fill-ins.
The Las Vegas Summer League rosters have not been published in their entirety, so this list is continuous and subject to reordering.
St. John's has the closest thing to a slumming superstar on a Summer League roster. Maurice Harkless is a part of the Orlando Magic's plans, but will play a bit in the Summer League, likely to work on his offense. From the new Big East, Marquette's presence on NBA Summer League rosters is deep and diverse, with at least six players competing in the two summer leagues.
Providence's ace passer Vincent Council gets some run with NBA Champion Miami, as does St. John's star (and D-League champion) D.J. Kennedy. Kennedy, in particular, has played well in a level just below the NBA, and is looking for a real shot. Xavier and Butler both have big men on rosters - just-graduated center Andrew Smith from Butler gets to run with the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Kenny Frease of Xavier gets to show Milwaukee what he has.
The Hoyas have a trio of ex-players getting some run - big man Henry Sims, wing/ forward Partick Ewing Jr., and guard Chris Wright.
|Player||NCAA Team||NBA Team|
|Andrew Smith||Butler||Oklahoma City|
|Patrick Ewing Jr.||Georgetown||Charlotte|
|Dwight Buycks||Marquette||Oklahoma City|
|D.J. Kennedy||St. John's||Miami|
|Maurice Harkless||St. John's||Orlando|
And from the old Big East, Syracuse's Michael-Carter Williams and Fab Melo look for their places on their rosters (both under guaranteed deals), while the other Orange try to get noticed.
Oklahoma City seems to have watched a lot of Big East basketball before crafting this roster... maybe exposure means something for post-collegiate professional chances.
|Player||NCAA Team||NBA Team|
|Jeremy Lamb||Connecticut||Oklahoma City|
|Kyle Kuric||Louisville||Oklahoma City|
|Tim Abromaitis||Notre Dame||Boston|
|Carleton Scott||Notre Dame||Brooklyn|
|Jack Cooley||Notre Dame||Houston|
|Ben Hansbrough||Notre Dame||Indiana|
|Gary McGhee||Pittsburgh||Golden State|
|Steven Adams||Pittsburgh||Oklahoma City|
|Solomon Jones||South Florida||Charlotte|
|Dominique Jones||South Florida||Milwaukee|
|Ron Anderson||South Florida||Oklahoma City|
|James Southerland||Syracuse||Golden State|