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J.B.'s Jottings - July 20, 2012

07/20/2012, 12:28pm CDT
By J.B. Bauer

Big Ten Players in the NBA Summer Leagues; Howard Pulley at Peach Jam

A look at B1G players in the NBA summer leagues and an update on Howard Pulley's performance at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam.

Big Ten in the NBA Summer Leagues
The NBA Summer League rosters include players with varying backgrounds, including many who are fresh out of college. Of those, the first round draft picks can breath a little easier knowing they have guaranteed contracts, while second round picks and undrafted players often face an uncertain future.

The Big Ten had two players selected in both the first and second rounds of the NBA draft this year.  First round picks Meyers Leonard (averaging 10p, 9r this summer) and Jared Sullinger (12p, 9r) are guaranteed deals and second-rounder Draymond Green (5p, 7r) was a nice option at 35th overall.  Robbie Hummel (5p, 3r) is currently with the Timberwolves team.

Some others who have made an appearance in this year's summer leagues and who also played Big Ten basketball in seasons past include the following (per game statistics heading into Friday, July 20):

Ralph Sampson III (MIN): 1p, 0r
Paul Carter (MIN): 4p, 3r
Jordan Taylor (WIS): 6p, 3a
Kammron Taylor (WIS): 7p, 4r
Marcus Landry (WIS): 11p, 4r
Demetri McCamey (ILL): 5p, 2a
Jeremiah Rivers (IND): 3p, 2r
Matt Gatens (IOWA): 3p, 2r
John Shurna (NW): 4p, 2r
Darius Morris (MICH): 15p, 4r, 4a
Manny Harris (MICH): 1r
Courtney Sims (MICH): 4p, 5r
William Buford (OSU): 0p, 1r
Jon Diebler (OSU): 3p, 2r
Dallas Lauderdale (OSU): 1p, 1r
David Lighty (OSU): 5p, 1r
Talor Battle (PSU): 2p, 1a
Jeff Brooks (PSU): 5p, 4r
Chris Kramer (PUR): 7p, 1r
JaJuan Johnson (PUR): 8p, 7r
E’Twaun Moore (PUR): 15p, 3r, 3a, 11/27 3FG (40.7%)

Howard Pulley at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam
Howard Pulley went 1-1 yesterday in South Carolina, beating the Mac Irvin Fire 84-69 and losing to CIA Bounce 83-69.  Early Friday morning, Pulley beat Julius Randle and the Texas Titans 74-65.

The Fire's Jabari Parker is out with a foot injury, but they're still loaded with talent and dominated the Minnesota team on the boards (52% offensive rebounding percentage). However, Pulley heavily outshot their opponent to get the win (eFG: Pulley 64%, Fire 45%).  Anders Broman lead the way with 20 points and 6/11 three-point shooting while Jake Wright, Tyus Jones and Quinton Hooker added 18, 15 and 14, respectively.  

For the Fire, Kyle Davis had 20 points, but no one else had more than 10.  Big man Jalil Okafor scored 4 points to go along with 8 rebounds and Gopher targets Sterling Brown and Gavin Schilling had 6 & 7 and 10 & 8, respectively.  

In the second game of the day, a strong performance from Tyus Jones helped Pulley take a one point lead into the half against an excellent CIA Bounce team, but the Panthers couldn't keep it going in the second half.

Future pro Andrew Wiggins had 22 points and 11 boards, while Xavier Rathan Mayes added 17 points for the Canadian team.

Tyus Jones finished with 30 points on 12/18 shooting (3/3 3FG) and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists.  Anders Broman continued to hit the deep shot, going 5/10 from long range.

Earlier this morning, Pulley withstood the attack of superstar Julius Randle (31 points, 17 rebounds), once again thanks to their best two players Tyus Jones (27 points, 8 assists,  only 2 turnovers) and Anders Broman (19 points, 4/6 3FG).

Now 2-1 at the Peach Jam, Howard Pulley looks ahead to tonight's match up against the Wisconsin Playground Elite and Marquette-bound Duane Wilson.  With two games remaining in pool play, the Minnesota squad has a solid chance of advancing to the Peach Jam quarterfinals tomorrow night.

J.B. Bauer
Twitter: @jbbauer612

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