Eight Former #SummitMBB Players to Compete in NBA Summer Leagues

Nate Wolters (Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks)
Nate Wolters (Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks)

ELMHURST, Ill. – Eight former Summit League players will compete in NBA Summer Leagues this July. Four players are scheduled to compete in Orlando Pro Summer League, July 5-11, while five are slated to play in the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, July 11-21.

Three of the past four Summit League Players of the Year, Keith Benson (2010 and 2011), Nate Wolters (2013) and Taylor Braun (2014), are among the participants. Benson and Wolters are the league's most recent NBA Draft choices.

Benson, a second-round draft pick in 2011, has previous NBA experience in training camp with the Atlanta Hawks and on a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. The recipient of the 2010 Lou Henson Award, given to the nation's top mid-major player, has also played professionally in the Philippines and Belarus. He will play for the Los Angeles Clippers in Las Vegas.

Wolters (South Dakota State), a 2013 second-round draft pick, started 31 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, including seven of his first nine as a pro, before a hand injury ended his rookie campaign. He finished 16th among 29 players receiving votes for the NBA All-Rookie Team after averaging 7.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 2013-14. He will play for the Bucks' team in Las Vegas for the second consecutive season.

Braun (North Dakota State), an AP Honorable Mention All-America this season, led The Summit League in scoring (17.6 ppg) while leading his team to the league's regular season and tournament titles and an upset victory over Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64. He will compete for the Phoenix Suns in Las Vegas.

Frank Gaines (Fort Wayne), selected as the NBA D-League's Most Improved Player, averaged 22.4 points, fourth-best in the D-League, in 2013-14. He scored 19.2 points per game from Nov.-Jan. before recording a 25.4 ppg clip from Feb.-April. Gaines, the first pick of the second round in the 2013 D-League Draft, was named to the all-rookie team and earned honorable mention all-league recognition. He will compete for the Indiana Pacers in Orlando.

Chris Udofia (Denver) was a first team All-Summit League selection in 2013-14 after averaging 12.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and a league-best 2.3 blocks per game. He will play for the Houston Rockets in both Orlando and Las Vegas.

Marcus Lewis (Oral Roberts), a first team All-Summit League selection in 2009, is a three-year NBA D-League veteran. He will play for the Oklahoma City Thunder in Orlando.

Trey McKinney-Jones (Kansas City), a member of the NBA D-League champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants, will play for the Miami Heat in Orlando and Las Vegas, while Travis Bader (Oakland), a first team All-Summit League honoree in 2013 and the NCAA's all-time leader in made three-point field goals, will play for the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas.

The Summit League had a record 10 former players on NBA or D-League rosters in 2013-14, including a pair of starting NBA guards (Wolters and Indiana's George Hill).

All 92 NBA Summer League games will be available across NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile. Game coverage will include 25 Orlando Pro Summer League games (July 5-11), held at the Magic's practice facility at Amway Center, and 67 Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 game telecasts from Las Vegas, held at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion from July 11-21. NBA TV will televise more than 60 Summer League games live from the respective game sites. A free NBA Summer League App features live scoring, video highlights, recaps and game alerts. The app will also include a premium option allowing fans to directly access NBA Summer League Live.

For complete Summer League schedules and coverage visit www.nba.com/summerleague.

FORMER SUMMIT LEAGUERS IN 2014 NBA SUMMER LEAGUES

Player (School, Year(s))

NBA Team

Summer League(s)

Travis Bader (Oakland, 2011-13)

Golden State Warriors

Las Vegas

Keith Benson (Oakland, 2008-11)

Los Angeles Clippers

Las Vegas

Taylor Braun (North Dakota State, 2011-14)

Phoenix Suns

Las Vegas

Frank Gaines (Fort Wayne, 2010-13)

Indiana Pacers

Orlando

Marcus Lewis (Oral Roberts, 2008-09)

Oklahoma City Thunder

Orlando

Trey McKinney Jones (Kansas City, 2009-10)

Miami Heat

Orlando / Las Vegas

Nate Wolters (South Dakota State, 2010-13)

Milwaukee Bucks

Las Vegas

Chris Udofia (Denver, 2014)

Houston Rockets

Orlando / Las Vegas

ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL

In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. In 2013-14, The Summit League had three teams advance in national postseason tournaments, highlighted by an NCAA Tournament Round of 64 victory, recorded its third consecutive top-20 RPI finish, achieved an all-time high USA Today Sagarin rating, and saw a record 10 former players on NBA and D-League rosters. The Summit League Basketball Championships, among the most attended tournaments in the nation, move to the brand-new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 7-10, 2015.  For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops, download The Summit League's Front Row app and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League's Front Row app, and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.

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