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Men's Basketball
Buckeyes Popping Up on NBA Summer League Teams

By Brandon Castel

The last two NBA Drafts have been both good and bad for Thad Matta pupils.

Evan Turner
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Evan Turner

After having All-American Evan Turner drafted No. 2 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Buckeyes did not have a first-rounder a year ago. That doesn’t mean the draft was entirely a wash.

Sharp-shooting guard Jon Diebler did come off the board to Portland with the 51st overall pick in the draft, but teammate David Lighty went undrafted—to the surprise of many.

Both Diebler and Lighty spent last year playing in Europe, with Diebler in Greece and Lighty in Italy. Teammate Dallas Lauderdale joined them overseas, playing in Poland, but all three former Buckeyes have resurfaced with NBA summer league teams this year.

William Buford
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Wiliam Buford

The same goes for William Buford, a four-year starter who went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. It was the same draft that saw All-American Jared Sullinger slip to the Boston Celtics at pick No. 21 in the first round.

After signing a contract with the Celtics for a base salary of $1.089 million, Sullinger will wear No. 7 for the green and white, and he will join fellow 2012 draft picks Fab Melo and Kris Joseph in Orlando. They will also be accompanied by a pair of Big Ten products in Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore—both of whom were drafted by the C’s a year ago.

While Sullinger is spending his summer near the Magic Kingdom, the rest of the former Buckeyes participating in summer league will be together in the ‘Gambling Capital of the World.’

Jon Diebler
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Jon Diebler

Because of the lockout a year ago, Diebler didn’t really get a chance to tryout with Portland, so he will finally have an opportunity to show the Blazers what he can do.

According to multiple reports, Buford will get a chance to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer. Lighty picked the Atlanta Hawks over the Phoenix Suns and Lauderdale will be a part of Golden State's ‘Dream Team’ summer-league roster.

Here is a look at where the Big Ten products—and other notable players—will be playing this summer:

Atlanta Hawks (Las Vegas)
F Brian Butch, Wisconsin
G Chris Kramer, Purdue*
F John Shurna, Northwestern
G Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

Boston Celtics (Orlando)
F JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
G E’Twaun Moore, Purdue
F Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Chicago Bulls (Las Vegas)
G Demetri McCamey, Illinois

Detroit Pistons (Orlando)
F Yancy Gates, Cincinnati

Golden State Warriors (Las Vegas)
F Draymond Green, Michigan State
F Dallas Lauderdale, Ohio State
G Chris Wright, Dayton

Houston Rockets (Las Vegas)
G Manny Harris, Michigan

Indiana Pacers (Orlando)
G Chris Kramer, Purdue*
G Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati

Los Angeles Clippers (Las Vegas)
G Talor Battle, Penn State

Los Angeles Lakers (Las Vegas)
G Darius Morris, Michigan

Memphis Grizzlies (Las Vegas)
F Courtney Sims, Michigan

Milwaukee Bucks (Las Vegas)
F Rashad Bishop, Cincinnati

Minnesota Timberwolves (Las Vegas)
F Robbie Hummel, Purdue
G William Buford, Ohio State

Philadelphis 76ers (Orlando)
F Devin Searcy, Dayton
F Chris Johnson, Dayton

Phoenix Suns (Las Vegas)
G David Lighty, Ohio State
G Matt Gatens, Iowa
F Marcus Landry, Wisconsin

Portland Trail Blazers (Las Vegas)
F Meyers Leonard, Illinois
G Jon Diebler, Ohio State

Toronto Raptors (Las Vegas)
G Tu Holloway, Xavier

* Kramer on two teams during the summer league.


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