What Big Ten products did in the NBA Summer League

What Big Ten products did in the NBA Summer League
July 22, 2014, 10:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

The NBA Summer League is over. You'll just have to wait till next year for more exhibition basketball in Las Vegas.

But the Summer League serves plenty of purpose, be it for NBA teams to see what they have in rookies and second-year guys or for non-roster guys to try to realize their NBA dreams. Plenty of Big Ten products fit into both those categories during this year's Summer League. Here's a little school-by-school rundown of how they did.


Meyers Leonard suited up for the Blazers and averaged 6.7 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, one assist per game and one block per game.


The Hoosiers had three representatives in the Summer League, including two playing for Michael Jordan's Hornets. This year's first-round pick Noah Vonleh was one of seven guys in the Summer League to average double-digit rebounds. He averaged 10 boards to go along with 9.1 points per game and 1.1 blocks per game. Teammate and fellow Indiana alumnus Cody Zeller (last year's first-round draft pick) was also pretty good, averaging 15.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. Will Sheehey played with the Knicks and averaged 2.5 points per game.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. was the second-leading scorer in all of Summer League play, averaging 22.8 points per game for the Knicks. Much-hyped Nik Stauskas, a top-10 pick in this summer's draft, helped the Kings win the championship. He did it by averaging 9.9 points per game. Trey Burke averaged nine points per game, four rebounds per game and four assists per game in all-around efforts for the Jazz. Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Morgan, teammates both current and former, both played for the Timberwolves. Robinson averaged 7.7 points per game, while Morgan averaged six points per game.

Michigan State

The Spartans sent three rookies to the Summer League, two of them first-round draft picks in Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. Harris averaged a terrific 18.6 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Nuggets, and Payne averaged 12.5 points per game and seven rebounds per game for the Hawks. Fellow Spartan Keith Appling averaged 2.5 points per game in limited action for the Blazers.

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That basketball factory in Evanston sent a pair of players to the Summer League, its two all-time leading scorers, as a matter of fact. John Shurna had that huge first game for the Raptors, pouring in 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. He also had three steals and two blocks in that game. He cooled off significantly after that, but he had three consecutive eight-point performances. Shurna finished with a 9.8-point-per-game average, a 40-percent shooting percentage and a 37.5-percent 3-point percentage. The Cats' second all-time leading scorer, Drew Crawford, didn't fare as well with the Pelicans. He averaged two points per game, 1.8 rebounds per game and 0.8 steals per game in 11.8 minutes per game.

Ohio State

There were four Buckeyes in Vegas. Deshaun Thomas had the best Summer League of the bunch, averaging 10.8 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game with the world-champion Spurs. Aaron Craft had a positive performance there, as well, averaging 7.4 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game and 2.6 steals per game with the Warriors. Meanwhile, David Lighty averaged five points per game with the Nuggets, and LaQuinton Ross averaged three points per game with the Lakers.

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Penn State

Ex-Nittany Lions point guard Tim Frazier averaged 3.4 points per game, four rebounds per game and two assists per game with the 76ers.


JaJuan Johnson averaged 4.5 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game with the Bucks.


Chicago-area sharpshooter Ben Brust had a poor Summer League, missing all seven shots he took while averaging just seven minutes a game in just three games with the Bucks.