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Weekly Zags in the Pros Update

Rui and the Wizards stay alive in the NBA Playoffs

Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards - Game Four Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

As we head into June, more and more Zag alums have seen their seasons come to a close. In addition to Hachimura, Brandon Clarke, and Killian Tillie in the NBA, Byron Wesley, Micah Downs, and Austin Daye still see their seasons going on the other side of the pond. Kevin Pangos also became the latest Zag to pick up some post-season hardware, earning first team All-EuroLeague honors.

Rui Hachimura: Rui is coming off his best game of the playoffs last night, as he contributed 20 points and 13 rebounds to the Wizards’ 122-114 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Sixers. He shot 8-12 from the floor and also had 2 assists, a block, and a steal in the game. Game 5 is scheduled for tomorrow at 4 p.m. PT.

Brandon Clarke/Killian Tillie: Neither Clarke nor Tillie have seen significant minutes in the Grizzlies’ first round series against Utah. Clarke scored just 2 points in less than ten minutes of action in Game 3, while Tillie has not gotten off the bench.

Austin Daye: Daye’s Venezia squad is currently down 2-0 in the Italian Serie A semifinals, with the third game coming tomorrow. Daye had 12 points on 4-7 shooting in the Game 2 loss, following up a 14 point, 6 rebound effort in the opener.

Micah Downs: Downs and Sporting Lisboa are gearing up for the fifth and final game of the LPB finals in Portugal. Downs led the way in the opening game of the series with 27 points, and is averaging 13 points per game in the series so far. The finale is set for tomorrow.

Byron Wesley: Wesley and French squad Antibes are still grinding through their regular season. Wesley is the team’s leading scorer with 16.8 points per game, a figure that is also good for fourth in the French B2 League. He also leads his team in assists with 4.8 per game.

Kevin Pangos: Zenit saw their season come to an end in the VTB League semifinals, as they were upset 3-1 by CSKA Moscow. Pangos led the way in the final game with 18 points and 7 assists, and averaged 17.5 points and 7.7 assists in 11 playoff games. In 59 games overall, he averaged 12.6 points and 6.5 assists per game. In addition to being named to the EuroLeague’s first team, he led the EL with 89 three pointers made and finished in the top three in both the VTB and Euro Leagues in assists.

Silas Melson: Melson’s Limburg squad was swept in a best-of-three series in the Belgian EuroMillions League semifinals. He finished the season leading the team and third in the league with 16.8 points per game, and also chipped in 3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 40% from beyond the arc.

Jeremy Jones: Jones wrapped up his season in Germany after Crailsheim were eliminated 3-1 in the BBL quarterfinals. He finished the season averaging 8.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals while playing in all 38 of his team’s games.

*All stats as of the end of play on May 31*

The article was updated June 3 to include Clarke and Tillie’s recaps from Memphis’ playoff series.