Undrafted but not forgotten: B1G'ers to play in Summer League

Undrafted but not forgotten: B1G'ers to play in Summer League
July 2, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Just because a player goes undrafted doesn't mean their hopes of reaching the NBA are over.

Several Big Ten products will be hoping that's the case this summer when they suit up for a variety of NBA squads during the Summer League.

The Big Ten Network's Brent Yarina compiled a list of undrafted Big Ten stars and which NBA rosters they'll be looking to crack with strong performances this summer.

Northwestern's Drew Crawford will be playing with the New Orleans Pelicans. Crawford averaged 15.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game last season, ranking in the top 10 in the conference in both categories. He finished a five-year college career as the Wildcats' second all-time leading scorer.

A pair of Ohio State Buckeyes will get a Summer League shot. Defensive extraordinaire Aaron Craft will play with both the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors, while teammate LaQuinton Ross will play with the Los Angeles Lakers. It's good news for the Buckeyes, who saw their seven-year streak of having at least one player selected in the NBA Draft snapped this year. Craft's 89 steals were tops in the Big Ten last season, and he ranked second in assists with 4.7 per game. Ross was a top-10 scorer in the league with 15.2 points per game.

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Wisconsin sharpshooter Ben Brust stays in the Badger State as he plays with the Milwaukee Bucks (and new head coach Jason Kidd). Brust lit it up at times last season, leading the conference with 96 3-pointers made. He scored a season-high 29 points in the Badgers' Big Ten Tournament game against Minnesota.

Indiana's Will Sheehey will play with the New York Knicks. Sheehey was the Hoosiers' second leading scorer with 11.4 points per game.

Penn State's Tim Frazier will be playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Frazier was the conference's leading assists man with 182 helpers on the season and 5.4 per game. He also ranked 11th in the league in scoring with 14.9 points per game.

Michigan State's Keith Appling — who saw teammates Gary Harris and Adreian Payne drafted last week — will play with the Portland Trailblazers. Appling's 4.5 assists per game ranked third in the Big Ten. And only Iowa's Mike Gesell had a better assist-to-turnover ratio.

And finally, Michigan's Jordan Morgan will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Morgan will play alongside fellow Michigan product Glenn Robinson III, who was drafted by the Timberwolves last week.