The last time Kadeem Allen and Kaleb Tarczewski shared the same court was in the 2016 NCAA tournament first-round loss to Wichita State at Providence, R.I.
They went from despair in that experience to plenty of hope Monday when they took the court at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City for an NBA summer league game between Boston and Philadelphia.
Tarczewski exhausted his eligibility after that loss to the Shockers and moved on to the NBA’s D-League this season before taking his game to Italy to finish out the year. He signed a summer league contract with the 76ers with the hope of making the team or impressing other NBA teams.
Allen, who became a senior leader for the Wildcats in 2016-17, was drafted in the second round by the Celtics last week.
In the 89-88 victory for Boston, Allen played 13 minutes and made a basket out of three attempts. He converted this give-and-go layup in the first quarter off a pass from Semi Ojeleye:
Kadeem Allen's first points with the Celtics 👀 pic.twitter.com/sVCXVfIDLQ
Allen also had four rebounds and two assist, including this feed off penetration to Jayson Tatum for a 3-pointer in the second quarter:
Kadeem Allen with an assist for Jayson Tatum in Summer League. pic.twitter.com/iYRWKthzzN
Tarczewski started at center for the 76ers and he finished with three points on 1-of-3 shooting in 15 minutes. He also had three rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
Tarczweski and Allen have the day off Tuesday.
Their former Arizona teammates Gabe York (Charlotte) and Brandon Ashley (Dallas) resume their summer league play Tuesday. York is slated to play in the Hornets’ game with the Oklahoma City Thunder at 10 a.m. Tucson time on NBA TV. Ashley and the Mavericks are scheduled to play the Indiana Pacers at noon on NBA TV.
Former UA stud Kadeem Allen ready to make his debut for the Celtics. Still sporting his college shoes? pic.twitter.com/TKf7Gvphbz
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.