How IU products fared in the NBA Summer League #iubb

Troy Williams needed a strong summer.

After six games in Las Vegas, the former Indiana forward seems to have followed through.

Williams closed his NBA Summer League stint with a 24-point, six-rebound effort while playing for the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas semifinals on Sunday. The Suns lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 93-83.

Williams averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds across his six-game run for Phoenix’s Summer League outfit. He started the last three games, during which he averaged 20.3 points per contest.

It was the kind of finish that should help Williams land a spot in an NBA training camp this fall — be it in Phoenix or elsewhere. Williams agreed to a summer league contract with the Suns a day after all 30 NBA teams passed on him in the June 23 draft.

Now that the NBA’s summer session is complete, Williams is free to sign with any team that’s interested. Tony Jones, the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Salt Lake Tribune, tweeted over the weekend that the Suns are one of a handful of teams interested in extending a guaranteed contract to Williams.

Interest was surely piqued during the last week, as Williams worked the baseline to his advantage and showcased his speed and above-the-rim skill set. He also averaged almost two steals per game and went 19-for-24 at the free throw line across the final three games, including a 14-for-15 showing on Sunday.

Until going 0-for-5 from 3-point range in Sunday’s finale, Williams had been shooting 35 percent (5-for-14) on the perimeter. He finished his summer shooting 54 percent from the field.

Williams wasn’t the only IU product participating in the Summer League, but he undoubtedly made the biggest splash.

His former Indiana teammate, Yogi Ferrell, did not appear to have a stint that was as impactful. Ferrell played in four games off the bench for a guard-heavy Brooklyn squad, averaging 8.8 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds per contest.

Ferrell was noticeably off from beyond the arc, going only 2-for-11 on 3-point attempts, including a 1-for-6 mark in his first game.

Ferrell ended his stay in Vegas with a summer-high 10 points and two steals in Brooklyn’s 91-83 loss to Cleveland on Saturday. He posted nine total turnovers against seven assists.

Like Williams, Ferrell is now a free agent.

Noah Vonleh also got some work in during the Las Vegas summer session, averaging 12 points and 8.8 rebounds during four games for the Portland Trailblazers. Vonleh started all four contests, averaged more than 31 minutes per game and posted a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds on July 10 against San Antonio.

Vonleh played in 78 games, including 56 starts, for Portland during the regular season, posting 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Verdell Jones also received an invitation to the Las Vegas Summer League, playing for the NBA D-League Select team. Jones saw action in four games and made one start, posting 5.2 points and 1.0 assist per game. Jones played 50 games in the D-League last season, scoring 16.1 points per game and adding 3.7 assists per contest for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

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  1. It would be somewhat ironic if Troy Williams made an NBA roster and Yogi did not. But as we all know, the NBA is a different game. Surprised by Yogi’s shooting stats.

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