The NBA Summer League is returning to the Mojave desert as the University of Las Vegas hosts the event July 13-22.
The League began in 2004 with just the Celtics, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Magic, Suns, and Wizards participating. But since the NBA jumped on board in 2007, the event has grown immensely.
Ten of the top 14 picks in the 2010 draft competed in the 58-game schedule, featuring up-and-coming players, such as the Knicks' Jeremy Lin. Fans that missed the excitement two summers ago can catch all the action on NBA TV or by logging on to NBA.com.
Tickets for the Summer League will go on sale June 1 at 10 a.m. The final schedule of this year's events will be released on a later date.
This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek.
Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling.
Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above.
CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday.
The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.
Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.
Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.
The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season.
Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.