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Hope everyone had a very happy and safe Fourth of July and weekend. Things have gotten pretty darn quiet in terms of Gonzaga news but over the next couple weeks we should be hearing a lot about former Zags looking to make NBA rosters and prospective Zags during the July Evaluation Period. Here is a bit of the news going on right now:
-- Today, the Orlando Summer League kicked off and two former Bulldogs are participating in that. Adam Morrison is attempting to get back in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets had their first summer league game today and Morrison was very solid. In 21 minutes, he was 4-7 from the floor and finished with 10 points. Austin Daye is also in the Orlando Summer League with the Detroit Pistons. His first game should be getting underway shortly. To follow all the action, visit the NBA.com website.
-- Later this week, the Las Vegas Summer League will tip off and former Zags Robert Sacre, Jeremy Pargo, and Steven Gray will be participating. Sacre will be with the Lakers, Pargo with the Grizzlies, and Gray caught on with Washington this offseason. We will keep you posted as they begin to hit the court.
-- Gonzaga's Elias Harris is one of 25 collegiate players at the LeBron James Skills Academy. Elias has been busy this summer as he was at the Amare Camp in Chicago as well. He seems to be performing at a high level:
Standout college players I didn't mention this morning: LaQuinton Ross, Tony Mitchell, Elias Harris, & Tim Hardaway, Jr.— James Kerti (@jameskerti) July 8, 2012
-- That isn't the only news that Elias has been making. Apparently at the LeBron Academy he caught up with ESPN's Fran Fraschilla who tweeted a piece of their conversation:
Talked with Zags' Elias Harris about Polish import Karnowski and he basically said that big guy moved Sacre around in post like a 2-guard.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) July 9, 2012
...I'm ready for the season to start!
-- Lastly, 2013 prospect Jordan Mathews is one of the Gonzaga prospects at the LeBron Camp as well and he has been making some great impressions. From Scout.com's Josh Gershon:
Jordan Mathews, SG: It was a pretty productive afternoon session for Mathews, who continues to play with confidence on bigger stages. Mathews was knocking down three-pointers and aggressively attacking the basket. Playing with effort is never a problem for Mathews, who always shows to play defense as well.
We have compared Mathews to current Zag Gary Bell in the past and it seems like he continues to show similar qualities as he is always complimented for playing with a great motor and scoring in a variety of ways. His stock will continue to skyrocket with solid showings like this.