Nate Wolters Among Group of Former Summit League Players in NBA Summer Leagues
The Summit League will be well represented when the NBA Summer Leagues tipoff this month in Orlando and Las Vegas.
Six former Summit players will be on NBA rosters, three players are scheduled to compete in Orlando Pro Summer League, July 5-11, while three are slated to play in the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, July 11-21.
Among the six, are the last two Summit League Players of the Year: Nate Wolters (South Dakota State – 2013) and Taylor Braun (North Dakota State – 2014).
Wolters is on the Milwaukee Bucks roster in Las Vegas. The 2013 second-round draft pick, started 31 games for the Bucks last season, before a hand injury ended his rookie year.
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.
Braun will be in uniform for the Phoenix Suns in Las Veags, trying to make the team as an undrafted free agent. He led the Summit League in scoring (18 points per game) last season, leading the Bison to the conference’s regular season and tournament titles, as well as an upset victory over Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament.
Other Summit League alums in NBA Summer leagues:
Frank Gaines (2013 – Fort Wayne) will compete for the Indiana Pacers in Orlando. Gaines played in the NBA D-League last season, and was voted the league’s ‘s Most Improved Player, averaging 22 points per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Chris Udofia (2014 – Denver) will play for the Houston Rockets in both Orlando and Las Vegas. He was a first team All-Summit League selection in last season, averaging 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a league-best 2 blocks per game.
Trey McKinney-Jones (2012 – Kansas City) will play for the Miami Heat in Orlando and Las Vegas. He played for Fort Wayne in the NBA D-League last season.
Travis Bader (2014 – Oakland) will play for the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas. He was a first team All-Summit League player in 2013 and the NCAA’s all-time leader in made three-point field goals.
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).