Arizona Basketball

NBA summer leagues feature nine former Arizona players, Palo Verde grad Cotton


Some of Sean Miller’s top players over the last five seasons will take part in the NBA summer leagues held in Orlando, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas over the next two weeks.

Other players such as Derrick Williams, Solomon Hill, Aaron Gordon and T.J. McConnell are too far along in their careers to play in the summer leagues, which generally feature rookies through second-year pros.

Stanley Johnson, entering his third season with Detroit, is not playing with the Pistons this summer but he is practicing with the team in Orlando.

The nine players who will compete and try to impress NBA teams and scouts read like a who’s who of Miller recruits. Here’s a list with former Palo Verde High School standout Bryce Cotton (Providence) listed as well.

*Salt Lake Summer League. **Orlando Summer League. ***Las Vegas Summer League. ****Played at Palo Verde High School.

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Kadeem Allen G 6-3 200 24 Boston Arizona

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Brandon Ashley F 6-9 230 22 Dallas None

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson F 6-7 214 22 Brooklyn Brooklyn

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Grant Jerrett F 6-10 230 23 Cleveland Beijing (China)

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Nick Johnson G 6-3 200 24 Portland FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany)

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Lauri Markkanen F 7-0 225 20 Chicago Arizona

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Kobi Simmons G 6-5 170 20 Memphis Arizona

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Kaleb Tarczewski C 7-0 250 24 Philadelphia*/New Orleans*** Armani Milano (Italy)

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
Gabe York G 6-3 185 23 Charlotte**/L.A. Lakers*** Erie (D-League)

York has played 23 minutes and has scored five points through Charlotte’s first two games.

Player Pos Ht Wt Age Team(s) 2016-17 team
****Bryce Cotton G 6-1 165 24 Atlanta Perth (Australia)

Additionally, former Wildcats Jud Buechler and Miles Simon are on the Lakers’ coaching staff in Las Vegas. Buechler is serving as the head coach and Simon — recently hired by the Lakers — will be one of his assistants.

Bret Brielmaier is expected to be in Las Vegas as part of the Nets’ staff.

A possibility exists that Matt Brase, the head coach of Houston’s G-League team Rio Grande, will be in Las Vegas as part of the Rockets’ staff.

Lakers coach Luke Walton and Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be in attendance at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Vegas.


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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.

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