Former UW stars Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. are poised to make their NBA summer league debuts for Toronto and Memphis respectively.
NBA TV will televise the games. Here’s the TV schedule.
Ross signed a four-year rookie contract Tuesday. The first two years are guaranteed and the team has a two-year option.
The Raptors open their five-game NBA Summer League schedule on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas against the Houston Rockets at 3 p.m. Friday.
Memphis gets started 1 p.m. Saturday against New York.
It will be interesting to watch the Grizzlies and Wroten who must contend with two other young point guards on the team in Jeremy Pargo, who played at Gonzaga, and Josh Selby, who played at Kansas. Memphis announced Friday morning Wroten, the No. 25 overall pick, signed his rookie contract.
Meanwhile Ross, the No. 8 overall pick, must deal with the pressure of carrying the Raptors this summer.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— The biggest news in the Pac-12 today is the announcement the conference and the Big Ten have canceled plans to schedule games across all sports. It appears this decision is driven by an inability for leagues to agree on football non-conference games. However, it impacts basketball because the Pac-12 could have used the Big Ten to add a little luster to non-con games.
— Washington State is the latest Pac-12 school that’s taking an overseas exhibition trip before the season. The Cougars are making a two-week trip to Australia, which makes sense considering three Australians (Brock Motum, Dexter Kernich-Drew and incoming junior college transfer James Hunter) play for WSU.
Here’s a look at the Pac-12 teams traveling abroad.
Arizona …. Aug. 9-14 ….. Bahamas
Utah ….. Aug. 4-15 ….. Brazil
Washington …. Aug. 25-Sept. 9 ….. France, Spain and Africa
Washington State ….. Aug. 3-16 ….. Australia
UCLA ….. August ….. China
— Bob Condotta spoke with Gary Stevenson, the president of Pac-12 Enterprises, for an update on the network that’s set to launch Aug. 15.
— Stanford will begin the season at Oracle Arena against San Francisco on Friday Nov. 9. It should be a nice non-conference challenge for the Cardinal. The Dons finished 20-14 last season.
— It’s a little old, but former UW standout Justin Holiday is drawing praise for his defensive acumen while playing for the Philadelphia Sixers summer league team.
— Former UW player Venoy Overton was in the news this week. Police believe shots were fired from his car big purple Chevy sedan and arrested three people who were inside. Overton was not at the scene.
— Reputed former UCLA bad boy Reeves Nelson is playing for the Los Angeles Lakers summer league team.
— Josiah Turner, who left Arizona after one year and planned to transfer to SMU, has decided to turn pro.
— And finally, the Seattle Summer Showcase, a NCAA-sanctioned tournament, begins today at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club in Seattle. Several college coaches are expected to attend as well as AAU teams including: Inner City Players (Portland), NW Panthers,
and Seattle Rotary Style Select. Here’s a look at the schedule.