As reported by our very own Charlie Strauzer, Julian Gamble is on his way to France to pursue his professional hoops dreams. We wish JG nothing but the best overseas.
But how are the rest of the last year's 'Canes doing?
Well the results unfortunately are mixed at best.
DeQuan Jones took the summer league by storm last year, earning a spot on the Magic's roster with his stellar play. This year in 5 games (2 starts) he has averaged 4.2 ppg most likely having to watch as lottery pick Victor Oladipo (19 ppg) takes most of the shots from the wing. Jones should still have a decent shot at making the roster, as his bread and butter is not scoring but defense.
In Cleveland Kenny Kadji (3 games 3 starts 3.7 ppg 5.0 rpg) has yet to find his scoring form, but does average 1.7 blocks per game. Tyler Zeller 13.7 ppg, seems to be getting the touches in the post. Kadji appeared like the most NBA ready player on the roster short of Shane Larkin. Kadji will have to amp it up to stand out in a crowded Cavs front court.
Durand Scott has appeared in 3 games but has yet to score for San Antonio. Cory Joseph seems to have a leg up on making the Spurs roster, with 13.3 ppg from his guard spot. Like Coach Larranaga, we definitely think Scott is an NBA player. But it appears his route may be a long one.
In Dallas Larkin is relegated to watch and learn as he recovers from a broken ankle. In his absence Israeli star Gal Mekel has had some success at the point, averaging 10.7 ppg and 5.7 apg. Soon as Sugar Shane is healthy, look for him to turn some heads.
Reggie Johnson and Trey McKinney Jones remain unsigned.
Hard to believe that if Johnson is healthy, he couldn't help a team somewhere. And I am shocked TMJ hasn't gotten a look, especially considering the success of Danny Green with San Antonio. Trey's game, in my opinion, is not that far off from Green's (good size, both rhythm shooters). Look for both Johnson and McKinney Jones to catch on somewhere in the coming weeks. Updates to come!!!
Good luck to all the former Canes hoops stars as they pursue their dreams.
Other Hoops news and notes:
If you haven't read Juan's excellent review of Miami's summer practices you need to take a look. The news about Davon Reed is especially encouraging.
Still no word on whether the NCAA will grant Angel Rodriguez a waiver, making him eligible this season. Do these guys do anything related to UM that doesn't resemble a molasses stained turtle crossing the street on a Sunday?
Congratulations to Raphael Akpejori on being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, which recognizes those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 season.
Be sure to keep reading over the next few months as State of the U counts you down to Midnight Madness.