The 2022 NBA summer league is in the books, and while four Gonzaga Bulldogs had their chance to prove what they are capable of at the next level – they weren’t the only former WCC stars in action.
Six other West Coast Conference hoopers all participated to varying degrees down in Las Vegas, and below is a look at how each of them did and an evaluation of their chances to make an NBA roster during the 22-23 season:
Jalen Williams – Oklahoma City Thunder
Stats: 4 games, 26 minutes, 10.5 points, 3.3 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals
Williams had an excellent but under-the-radar season with Santa Clara last season, but once he got a chance to show off during the NBA draft combine his stock took off – and he ended up going No. 12 overall to Oklahoma City.
The knockdown outside shooting Williams showed with the Broncos wasn’t there across four games with the Thunder in Vegas, but he showed a little bit of everything else and should be a key piece for them in the short and long term.
Jamaree Bouyea – Miami Heat
Stats: 4 games, 26 minutes, 6.5 points, 4.5 boards, 3 assists, 1.8 steals
Bouyea’s numbers may not jump off the page, but he did enough for Miami to sign him to a contract while they see if he has the stuff to make their roster this year. If he does, he’ll be the first USF alumni in the NBA since Ime Udoka, who played at San Francisco in 1998.
Tommy Kuhse – Orlando Magic
Stats: 3 games, 17.3 points, 2 boards, 3.3 assists, 3 steals
Kuhse put up shockingly excellent numbers in his three summer league games, dropping 25 in one game and averaging 17.3 while shooting 40% from deep. His advanced age and feel for the game make him a prime candidate to dominate in a setting like summer league, but his lack of athleticism probably limits his ability to be a rotation player in the NBA. Still, it’s hard not to give him a look after a show like that.
Colbey Ross – Portland Trail Blazers
Stats: 5 games, 6.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists
Ross was awesome for the summer league champion Blazers, averaging 6.2 points and 2.6 assists while shooting well from the field and from deep. He signed a contract overseas shortly after summer league ended and should continue his successful basketball career across the pond.
Frankie Ferrari – Sacramento Kings
Stats: 3 games, 26 minutes, 6.7 points, 3 boards, 4 assists
Ferrari continues to pop up as a strong summer league performer, averaging four assists in three games with the Kings down in Vegas. He’s probably not an NBA guy, but if he sticks around in the G-League he’ll put up above average numbers – enough to maybe get a call from a team who needs someone in a pinch.
Alex Barcello – Toronto Raptors
Stats: 3 games, 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2 assists
Barcello didn’t get much of a look from the Raptors during summer league, only playing in three games and mostly in garbage time. He’s an excellent outside shooter but doesn’t possess many other NBA caliber skills, and will have a hard time finding a place in the league.
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