Monday, July 20, 2009

The Summer League Comes To A Close

The NBA Summer League out in Vegas has come to a close, and 3 former NC State basketball players will now wait and see if they did enough to impress. Last night Brandon Costner finished out his week of play one point shy of double-digits. Brandon had 9 points (2-7 FG) and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes of action in a game in which Chicago beat Minnesota 93-85. In 3 games Costner averaged 11 points (42% FG, 39% 3FG and 73% FT).

Cedric Simmons finished the week shooting the ball well. Last night Ced City had 8 points (3-5 FG), 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Simmons played 18 minutes in the Nuggets 107-105 victory over the Hornets. In 5 games Simmons averaged 7 points (45% FG) and 7 boards.

Ben McCauley finished up earlier in the week, but I doubt many of the scouts forgot him. Ben was a model of consistent play, averaging 12 points (52% FG) and 8 rebounds, seeing action in all 5 games for the Lakers.

Each of these players will be waiting to find out where they will be playing basketball next. We will be looking into each players situation and hope to be able to provide you with information soon.

Also, many of you have been curious about what happened with Julius Hodge and the Chicago Bulls. We are trying our best to track down some answers for you.


9 Responses to "The Summer League Comes To A Close"
  1. Matt said...
    July 20, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Maybe I missed something, but where is Courtney Fells? I thought he had the best opportunity to make it to the pros and from what I have read, he doesn't seem to be on a summer league roster. Puzzling to me. Any answers?

  2. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    July 20, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    This was a recap of the Las Vegas Summer League. Courtney played in the Orlando Summer League on the Orlando Magic's squad.

  3. Afterglow said...
    July 20, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    I don't think Courtney Fells will play in the NBA this year. I think his inconsistency is an issue that he has to get under control to contend at the higher level. He didn't seem to have it with us and I don't see him all of the sudden getting it, now that he's moved on. To me, he just seems like a player that had tons of potential but never really got the handle on things. I hope he does well but that's just my personal feeling. He may seem gypsy time in the NBA but he’ll probably fair better over sea’s and in lower tier level of play.

  4. Anonymous said...
    July 20, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Courtney's biggest strength is his defense and could develop into a Bruce Bowen type. Except for a few times in his 4 year career, minus health problems, he held his own and shut down many of the best scorers. Combine defense with a streaky shooter that has an elevated jump shot plus able to jam with the best of them and you got a legit NBAer. Good luck Courtney!

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    July 20, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    ^ I 100% agree with that comparison. I actually discusses that very comparison with Jamie Knox, Courtney's agent. He also threw out a Michael Finley comparison. I think Fells could surely find a role with a team, even if it's simply as a defensive stopper. It's rare to find a player with his length and athleticism like Larry Brown talked about in an interview we posted on here a few weeks ago.

  6. redfred said...
    July 20, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Not to be a downer, but...

    Most of the time Courtney definitely appeared to be the busiest guy on the defensive end of the court, but that doesn't necessarily equate to playing solid defense. If he knew how to simply POSITION himself correctly, without over commiting and running past the play, then he could have conserved much of that wasted energy and possibly given himself a better chance to become a much more effective BB player on both ends of the court.

    The failure to recognize that, and not seeing any noticeable improvement in that defensive flaw over the years, is one the major disapointments I have had with this coaching staff to date.

    Hopefully they are studying game films as we speak.

  7. Anonymous said...
    July 20, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    "he has done pretty good."

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news...but "pretty good" in a NC Pro-Am league doesn't translate to playing in the NBA. I think he had 6 or 8 turnovers in one game recently. I had hopes for Courtney, but if he doesn't step up, he'll be overseas...if that. Not saying he can't, but now is the time.

  8. WolfCop said...
    July 21, 2009 at 2:25 AM

    I appreciate Courtney's effort for the Pack the last 4 years, but if Julius Hodge is not an NBA player then neither is Courtney.

  9. Pack Leader said...
    July 21, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Valid statement Wolfcop. Julius not on some roster in the nba still baffles me


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