The Brooklyn Nets will play in both Las Vegas and Orlando for Summer League, marking the first time they’ve played in Las Vegas in the summer in over a decade. Here’s a quick primer on the players we know are joining them, culled from various reports and sources.
- Markel Brown, Cory Jefferson, Xavier Thames, Juan Vaulet, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, as confirmed by Billy King. All five are already under contract with the Nets, with varying guarantees. Vaulet is expected to spend the next year overseas.
- Darius Adams, per RealGM. The 26-year-old point guard played collegiate ball at Lincoln College and Indianapolis, and has bounced around Alan Anderson-style ever since, playing on eight teams in seven countries in the last three years. Hope he’s gotten a few free hotel stays with all those airline miles.
- Cliff Alexander per Xavier Sanchez on Twitter (and retweeted by Alexander). Alexander, a 6’8″ power forward, went undrafted Thursday night after a single underwhelming season at Kansas, despite coming out of high school as a top-five recruit, more highly regarded than the eventual top two picks Karl-Anthony Towns and DeAngelo Russell. He’s considered the most talented undrafted player in this class, and he seems up to the task.
Also to the @BrooklynNets for giving me a opportunity ?!! That's all I wanted and needed! U will not regret it ???
— Ryan Boatright (@Ryanboatright11) June 27, 2015
- Ryan Boatright, per his Twitter account. Boatright is the rare 5’11” point guard that averaged more rebounds (4.1) than assists (3.8) per game. The senior guard worked out with the Nets in their pre-draft workouts.
- Deshawn Delaney, per ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo. The 22-year-old shooting guard has spent the last two seasons playing for New Mexico, averaging 12.2 points in 30 minutes per game last season. Delaney is repped by Ian Rubel, who also represents current non-guaranteed Nets forward Earl Clark.
- Josh Gasser, according to Wisconsin Basketball. The Nets worked out Gasser in their pre-draft workouts. Here’s what we wrote about Gasser then: “Gasser, a 6’4″ senior guard for the NCAA runner-up Wisconsin Badgers and almost exclusively a three-point shooter; more than half of his college shots came from behind the arc. Gasser is not on the draft radar, but fits in the mold the Nets seem to be looking at: guards who can shoot from outside. The Nets might be looking to see if there’s some hidden talent in Gasser, who played fourth fiddle on a Badgers team packed with three first-round talents.”
- Kendall Gray, via WBOC TV & FOX21 Sports Director Scott Abraham. The 6’10” senior forward averaged a double-double (11.6 points, 11.8 rebounds) and added 2.8 blocks per game in his senior season at Delaware State. Gray put up a Kevin Love special in March, scoring 33 points and grabbing 30 rebounds in a win over Coppin State.
- Steven Gray, via Keith Kreiter, the CEO of Gray’s representation company Edge Sports. Kreiter noted that the Nets scouted Gray in France, where he’s spent the last three years playing overseas. The 6’5″ sharpshooting guard played four years at Gonzaga, and has played in the NBA’s Summer League before.
- Austin Hollins, the son of coach Lionel Hollins. Hollins, a 6’4″ guard, won the NIT Tournament MVP in 2014, and spent the last season in France playing for Denain-Voltaire as one of their leading scorers.
- JayVaughn Pinkston, per his Twitter account. The Nets worked out Pinkston, a Brooklyn native, in their pre-draft workouts. Pinkston, a 6’7″ power forward, spent five years at Villanova after redshirting his freshman year, averaging 9.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game his senior season.
- Juvonte Reddic, according to VCU Ram Nation. After going undrafted as a senior out of VCU in 2014, the 6’9″ power forward spent the last year overseas in Italy, averaging 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds over 33 games.
- Jonathon Simmons, as confirmed by a league source to The Brooklyn Game. The 25-year-old guard left college after three seasons at Houston, and last played for the San Antonio Spurs D-League affiliate Austin Toros, averaging 15.3 points per game in 56 games in 2014-15.
- Ben Vozzola, via the St. Catherine’s College collegiate athletics Twitter account. The 23-year-old Vozzola spent one season with St. Catherine’s, averaging a team-high 15.3 points and 2.7 assists per game.
Update: this post has been updated to include Nets 2014 draftee Xavier Thames, who was erroneously omitted.