Former UVa Basketball Stars Ready for NBA Summer League
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia men's basketball team will have several former members playing in the NBA Summer League this year, but they won't all be able to play right away.
The Summer League begins in Salt Lake City and Sacramento on Monday, before moving on to Las Vegas.
De'Andre Hunter will suit up for the Atlanta Hawks next season, but he's still waiting to join the team.
Hunter was officially drafted by the Lakers for the Hawks, with a pick traded from New Orleans, so technically, Hunter is currently a Laker. He is even listed on the teams roster on the NBA website.
The trade which sends Hunter to Atlanta won't become official until July 6th. The Hawks can't talk about Hunter, or have him play in any games, which mean's UVa's highest-drafted player since Ralph Sampson has to wait another week for his NBA career to actually begin.
His former teammate, Ty Jerome, is in the exact same boat.
The point guard was picked 24th overall by the 76ers, for the Celtics, and then traded to the Suns. Jerome is still technically on Philadelphia's roster, and he won't officially join Phoenix until July 6th.
The NBA Summer League will be in Las Vegas by that point.
Kyle Guy can start playing right away.
He was also traded on draft night, after getting picked by the Knicks 55th overall, but it was a much simpler transaction, and Guy is already on the Sacramento roster.
The Kings held an introductory press conference Guy, and he says he's still getting adjusted to being an NBA player.
"I think, since we've started having workouts, it's started to sink in a little bit," says Guy, "but winning a national championship in the fashion that we did, and getting drafted, all within two months, is the craziest feeling ever. I'm just really excited."
In addition to the three drafted players, former UVa stars Jack Salt and London Perrantes will also play in the Summer League.
Salt will join Jerome in Phoenix with the Suns.
Perrantes will play for New Orleans.
The former Virginia point guard played in France last season, after playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018.