The NBA Summer League will tip off in July and several former Hoosiers are expected to participate.
The Orlando Summer League is not taking place this year and from July 2-5, both Utah and Sacramento will host abbreviated leagues. The primary league continues to be in Las Vegas, which will run from July 6-17.
Former IU big man Thomas Bryant, who had a stellar rookie season with the Lakers and the South Bay Lakers, is expected to participate in both the Sacramento and Las Vegas Summer Leagues.
Robert Johnson is playing with Atlanta this summer and the Hawks are competing in both Utah and Las Vegas.
OG Anunoby, who was a starter for the Toronto Raptors as a rookie, is expected to play in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Troy Williams, who is entering his third NBA season, appears to be gearing up for a run with the New York Knicks in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Christian Watford is listed on the Memphis Grizzlies Summer league roster. The Grizzlies will play in both Utah and Las Vegas.
And James Blackmon Jr., who spent his rookie season in the NBA G-League, is suiting up for the Milwaukee Bucks in the Las Vegas Summer League.
More details on the NBA Summer League, including schedules and TV information, are available here.
Potential new class of 2019 name to know?
According to Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch, class of 2019 Xenia (Ohio) guard Samari Curtis will make an unofficial visit to Bloomington next week.
Curtis, the No. 93 player nationally according to the 247Composite, recently reopened his recruitment after initially committing to Xavier.
The 6-foot-4 guard has a long list of schools interested, according to Jardy:
Ohio State is among the schools to have reached out since his announcement. Although Curtis said his AAU coach handles a lot of the details, he put the Buckeyes on a list that also includes Dayton, Florida, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Xavier, Cincinnati, Kansas State and Missouri. Of those schools, only Xavier and Cincinnati have offered, along with Toledo, Kent State and Akron.
Ohio State had been recruiting him a little bit prior to his decision, Curtis said, “but with the new staff they weren’t recruiting me as much. I think they came to one of my games, and then after that I committed (to Xavier).”
Recently, Curtis said he’s talked with assistant coach Ryan Pedon, who recruits Ohio for the Buckeyes, and that he’s planning to take a visit to Ohio State sometime soon. Next week, Curtis said he has a visit planned to Indiana. The Hoosiers have not offered.
The known guard scholarship offers Indiana has made to class of 2019 prospects to this point are DJ Carton, Armaan Franklin, Brandon Newman, Anthony Harris, Jalen Lecque, Jahmius Ramsey and Kira Lewis.
Other links of note
· The Des Moines Register has a nice profile on Carton, who is taking an official visit to Bloomington this weekend.
· After whiffing on Romeo Langford, incoming Vanderbilt guard Aaron Nesmith is out to prove that he’s no consolation prize.
· ESPN.com ranks the best NBA prospect on each of its preseason top 25 teams.