When Byron Wesley and his team take the floor this Friday, it will officially be the last game of the 2020-21 season for our former Zags in the professional ranks. The last week saw the remaining GU alums either eliminated from their playoff series or close out their season with a title.
Rui Hachimura: The Wizards were eliminated in five games in the opening round of the NBA playoffs, but Rui wasn’t the reason for it. He finished the series on a high note, scoring 21 points on 8-13 shooting and grabbing 6 rebounds. Hachimura was often the right-hand man to Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal throughout the series, finishing with averages of 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
Brandon Clarke/Killian Tillie: Despite being a regular starter throughout the season, Clarke played less than ten total minutes in the Grizzlies’ first-round loss to the Jazz, scoring just two points. Killian Tillie did not play in the series.
Micah Downs: Downs and Sporting Lisboa won the deciding fifth game of the Portuguese LPB finals, clinching the team’s first championship in 39 years. Downs had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the series finale and averaged 13.6 points per game in the series, including 27 in Game 1.
Austin Daye: Daye and Venezia were eliminated in the Italian Serie A semifinals. Daye led the way in the final game with 22 points and 5 rebounds, and averaged 16 points per game in the series.
Byron Wesley: Wesley’s Antibes squad are out of playoff contention, but have one final game in the French Pro B league this Friday. Wesley is finishing the season strong, averaging 17.7 points over his last three games, including a 21 point, 8 rebound, 8 assist game last week. With just one game left, he leads his team and is fourth in the league in scoring with 17 points per game.
Even though the 2020-21 pro season comes to a close this week, there will still be action to follow in the coming weeks. Olympic basketball qualifiers take place later this month, and one nation features a strong contingent of Zags. Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Clarke, and Andrew Nembhard will be suiting up for Team Canada, who open qualifier play against Greece on June 23. The Olympics begin July 23.
*All stats as of the end of play on June 8*