Lo­cals

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cas­ing their skills.

With the Or­lando and Utah tour­na­ments in the books and the Las Vegas one wind­ing down, here’s a look at how the lo­cal play­ers have fared:

Keith Ben­son, C, Pel­i­cans (Oak­land): The for­mer 2011 se­cond-round pick has bounced around Europe and the NBA De­vel­op­ment League, but re­ceived an in­vite and chance to make an im­pres­sion. He shot 42.9 per­cent from the field (15-for-35) but blended in by av­er­ag­ing 6.7 points and 6.2 re­bounds in 19.3 min­utes.

Matt Costello, F/C, Grizzlies/ Magic (Michi­gan State): He’s helped the Wolves reach the semi­fi­nals of the 24-team Las Vegas tour­na­ment, av­er­ag­ing a dou­ble-dou­ble (11.3 points, 12 re­bounds) en­ter­ing play Sun­day and lead­ing the league in re­bounds. His stint with the Magic in Or­lando wasn’t as im­pres­sive — he av­er­aged five points and 4.7 re­bounds.

Kay Felder, G, Cava­liers (Oak­land): The for­mer Detroit Per­sh­ing High star led the team in scor­ing de­spite shoot­ing 31.9 per­cent from the field (22-for-69) and 13.3 per­cent on 3-point­ers (2-for-15). Over four games, he av­er­aged 15.8 points, 4.3 re­bounds and 3.5 as­sists that was high­lighted by his 25-point out­ing in the matchup against Ball and the Lak­ers.

Bryn Forbes, G, Spurs (Michi­gan State): You’d be hard-pressed to find any­one who was light­ing up the sum­mer league quite like Forbes. He fin­ished as the lead­ing scorer at Utah with 21.3 points per game and raised the bar in Las Vegas. He posted back-to-back 35-point per­for­mances, shot 95.7 per­cent from the free-throw line (44-for-46) and av­er­aged 26 points over five games to lead the Spurs to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Max Hooper, G, Wizards (Oak­land): The 3-point spe­cial­ist earned an in­vite but never got the op­por­tu­nity to show his shoot­ing prow­ess. He was one of three play­ers on Wash­ing­ton’s ros­ter who didn’t re­ceive any play­ing time in five games.

Zak Irvin, F, Heat (Michi­gan): He started in four games at Or­lando but strug­gled might­ily with his jumper, shoot­ing 29 per­cent from the field (9-for-31) and 7 per­cent on 3-point­ers (1-for-14). It didn’t get much bet­ter in Las Vegas where Irvin failed to make much of an im­pact, av­er­ag­ing two points and three re­bounds in five games off the bench.

Josh Jackson, F, Suns (Detroit Con­sor­tium High): The No. 4 over­all pick and one-and-done Kansas star showed why he was one of the top draft prospects, av­er­ag­ing a near dou­ble-dou­ble with 17.4 points and 9.2 re­bounds in five games. While he’s far from a fin­ished prod­uct, he show­cased an im­prov­ing jumper — his big­gest knock com­ing out of col­lege — by shoot­ing 42.5 per­cent from the field (34for-80).

Marcus Keene, G, Wizards (Cen­tral Michi­gan): Af­ter lead­ing the na­tion in scor­ing last sea­son, Keene went un­drafted and faced ques­tions be­cause of his size (5-foot-11, 160 pounds). Yet, he proved he can score against in­creased com­pe­ti­tion and from any­where on the court. In four games off the bench, Keene shot 50 per­cent from the floor (17-for-34), 46.7 per­cent on 3point­ers (7-for-15) and av­er­aged 11.3 points in 16.8 min­utes.

Kyle Kuzma, F, Lak­ers (Bur­ton Bent­ley High/Flint): While Ball gets most of the at­ten­tion, Kuzma has stood out in his own right and has proven he can score at all three lev­els. The No. 27 over­all pick helped the Lak­ers reach the Las Vegas semi­fi­nals with a 26-point per­for­mance in the quar­ter­fi­nals. Through five games, Kuzma is av­er­ag­ing 19.8 points with 46.9 per­cent shoot­ing (38-for-81), in­clud­ing 39.4 per­cent on 3-point­ers (13-for-33).

Caris LeVert, G, Nets (Michi­gan): For LeVert, it was never a ques­tion of tal­ent but his health. His play at Las Vegas reaf­firmed that as the for­mer first-round pick shot 47.5 per­cent from the field (29-for-61) and led the Nets in scor­ing at 16 points per game, in­clud­ing a 23-point out­ing against the Lak­ers in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Kalin Lu­cas, G, Magic (Michi­gan

Pho­tos by Ethan Miller/Getty Im­ages State): Af­ter spend­ing most of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer in the D-League, Lu­cas, 28, got another shot to make his case he de­serves a spot on an NBA ros­ter. He posted solid num­bers, but didn’t turn any heads with av­er­ages of 12.5 points and three as­sists in four games.

Ray McCallum Jr., G, Rockets (Detroit Mercy): The ex-Detroit Coun­try Day star re­ceived min­i­mal play­ing time — 11.3 min­utes in three games — but was ef­fi­cient. He shot 50 per­cent from the field (5for-10) and be­yond the arc (3-for-6) and av­er­aged 6.3 points but fin­ished with just one as­sist.

Monte Mor­ris, G, Nuggets (Flint Beecher High): Mor­ris show­cased why he was one of the best fa­cil­i­ta­tors in col­lege bas­ket­ball at Iowa State and was the only player on Den­ver’s ros­ter to record dou­bledigit as­sists. While his 3-point shoot­ing (1for-8) left a lot to be de­sired, the sec­on­dround pick posted an im­pres­sive 17 points and six as­sists in the Nuggets’ sum­mer league fi­nale.

Rayshawn Sim­mons, G, Wizards (Cen­tral Michi­gan): The for­mer Chippewa didn’t re­ceive much play­ing time dur­ing his time with Wash­ing­ton. He ap­peared in two games and fin­ished 0-for-1 from the field with two as­sists and a steal in 15 to­tal min­utes.

Travis Trice II, G, Bucks (Michi­gan State): Af­ter ex­celling in the DLeague and Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League, Trice earned an in­vite and chance to prove he can run an of­fense. He re­ceived a lengthy look and av­er­aged 9.8 points and 2.8 as­sists in 20.4 min­utes over five games, but strug­gled from deep (3-for-13 on 3-point­ers).

Den­zel Valen­tine, G, Bulls (Michi­gan State): The do-it-all guard stuffed the stat sheet and av­er­aged 13 points, 6.2 re­bounds, 3.6 as­sists and two steals in five games for Chicago. Valen­tine, the No. 14 over­all pick last year, ended his sum­mer league play on a high note, post­ing 21 points (9-for-17 shoot­ing) with six as­sists, five re­bounds and a plus-17 plus-mi­nus rat­ing.

Der­rick Wal­ton Jr., G, Magic (Michi­gan): Wal­ton tied for the team lead in as­sists (14) and 3-point­ers made (six), and av­er­aged 10 points in four games at Or­lando. Af­ter go­ing un­drafted, his play could land him a train­ing camp in­vite but he’ll likely have to take a Yogi Fer­rell-type path through the D-League.

D.J. Wil­son, F, Bucks (Michi­gan): The first-round pick got off to a hot start and showed his of­fen­sive ver­sa­til­ity, but cooled off over the fi­nal two games in Las Vegas. He av­er­aged 11.8 points, 5.4 re­bounds and 1.4 blocks in five games, which led all rook­ies on the ros­ter.

James Young, G, Pel­i­cans (Troy/ Rochester High): The for­mer Ken­tucky one-and-done star and 2014 first-round pick posted his best per­for­mances in the team’s Las Vegas opener and fi­nale, scor­ing 12 points as a starter and 16 points off the bench, re­spec­tively. How­ever, he was lack­lus­ter dur­ing the mid­dle por­tion of the tour­na­ment and av­er­aged 8.5 points on 39.5 per­cent shoot­ing (17-for-43) in six games.

For­mer Michi­gan star Caris LeVert scored 23 points against against Lonzo Ball and the Lak­ers dur­ing their Sum­mer League game in Las Vegas.

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