Saturday, July 18, 2009

Terps in the NBA Summer League

Three former Terps are playing this summer in the 2009 NBA Summer League: James Gist, Ekene Ibekwe, and Nik Caner-Medley.

James Gist (2004-08) is back in the US after his year in Italy and playing for the Spurs. (Summer League Stats)

In a post on the Diamondback's Terrapin Trail blog last month, James Gist, while attending Ty Lawson's draft party, said he intends to play for the Spurs this year:
Gist, drafted last year by the San Antonio Spurs No. 57 overall, has played basketball with Lawson since the two were in elementary school. Last year the Terp didn’t make the Spurs roster and played with Pallacanestro Biella in the Italian professional leagues. But Gist said this year he’s determined to have a reunion with his longtime friend.

“Sunday I’m going down to San Antonio to start working out,” he said. “Hopefully I get to play against Ty again. I’m going to play for the Spurs this year.”

Ekene Ibekwe (2003-07) is doing OK now following a scary injury during a Toronto Raptors game. (Summer League Stats)
Toronto's Ekene Ibekwe was hurt making a game-saving block during the Raptors' 74-73 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix's Goran Dragic drove in the final seconds and his layup attempt was blocked by Ibekwe, who was undercut by Dragic. Ibekwe's chin crashed to the floor. Ibekwe was immobilized and taken off the court in a stretcher and rushed to a UMC Medical Center. He did not sustain any serious injuries, but it is uncertain if he will play in the remaining game for the Raptors.

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06), after spending the season in Spain's top pro league, is playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, and is impressing the team. (Summer League Stats)

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