OPSL PREVIEW

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/09/12 10:47 am EST

As the League continues to swirl amidst free agent rumors, trade demands, offer-sheets and amnesty cases, the 2012 NBA Draft picks and other NBA hopefuls are gearing up for the summer league action.

As you probably know, the 76ers will join the Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtic, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons in Orlando for the AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League from July 9 – 13.  The 7-6′s first game is tonight at 5pm vs. the Indiana Pacers. 

The Sixers roster is headlined by recent first-round pick Maurice Harkless and  “Big Nik” Vucevic who in 2011-12 went from valued reserve to starter to DNP-CD.  Unfortunately Arnett Moutlrie who was acquired from the Miami Heat through a draft-night trade, will be unable to play due to a severe left ankle sprain. 

After the jump we’ll look at the names and bios of the players that will make up the 76ers 2012 OPSL roster… 

 

0 – Jacob Pullen (G, Kansas State) — The former Kansas State standout Jacob Pullen averaged 16 points per game last year for Angelic Biella in Italy will hope to impress the 76ers brass with his offensive skills.  Back in his days at K-State, Pullen was a solid scorer who helped lead the Wildcats to three NCAA tournament appearances, 95 total wins and an Elite Eight appearance in 2010.  As a senior he averaged 20.2 ppg.   

4 – Maurice Harkless (G/F, St. John’s) — The #15 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft is expected the face of this Sixers summer team.  The Sixers brass and fans will hope to see significant scoring out of Harkless and hopefully the ability to defend at the NBA level.  We’ll be watching to see if his mid-range jumper has improved from his college days. 

5 – Jeremy Richardson (G/F, Delta State) — Born in Allentown, PA, Richardson has bounced around the basketball world over the last several years.  Richardson has played in the D-League, over in Europe for BC Armia in the Georgian Super Liga and has had a couple cups of coffee in the NBA.  He once scored 40 points in a D-League game and has played on numerous NBA Summer League teams.

7 – Zack Rosen (G, Penn) — A very familiar name to those in Philadunkia nation, Rosen, the undrafted point guard out of the University of Pennsylvania averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 assists last season for the Quakers.  He took home the Ivy League Player of the Year award and honorable mention AP All-American honors.

8 – Nik Vucevic (F/C, USC) –  You know the story here.  “Big Nik” rode the Doug Collins PT roller coaster last year and it was not pretty for Vuc during the playoffs as he was a frequent DNP-CD.  Hopefully a solid showing in the OPSL will be the start of something good for Nik that propels him to be a big contributor in 2012-13. 

25 – Xavier Silas (G, Northern Illinois) –  An intriguing addition to the Sixers roster during late April, Silas saw action in just two games during his month long stay with the 76ers and scored a total of 11 points in that stretch.  Still,the Sixers need a shooting guard and a back up point for Holiday, so there is hope that if he has a good showing in Orlando that Silas can get himself an invite to training camp.

30 – Devin Searcy (F, Dayton) –  The former Dayton big man spent 2011-2012 with the Toyama Grouses of Japan’s BJ League.  He played in 45 games and was good for 13.8ppg, 10.8rpg. and 1.2apg.  Searcy shot 55.6% from the field and 62.2% from the FT line.

31 – Jon Scheyer (G, Duke)– Scheyer played in Israel with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv until March 2012 when he abruptly left the team and returned home for “personal reasons”.  Scheyer appeared in 23 games for Maccabi Electra — who competes in the Israeli Super League, Adriatic League and Turkish Airlines Euroleague – averaging 3 points and 1 rebound per game in about 12 minutes per night.  Previously Scheyer spent the 2012 summer with the Miami Heat (where he sustained a severe eye-injury) and training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers.  He did not stick with the Clips and then bounced to the D-League where he played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers averaging 13. 8 points, 3.9, rebounds and 4.1 assist in 33 minutes per game in 16 games.  He left Rio Grande after he landed a deal with Maccabi.

 33 – Chris Johnson (F, Dayton) — A long and athletic wing player, Johnson averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per night for the Flyers in 2011-12 while shooting 39.7% from deep.

35 – Clay Tucker (G, Wisconsin-Milwaukee) — Tucker is UWM’s all-time leading scorer and spent last season playing in Italy’s top division for Acea Roma.  A career journeymen, the 32-year old Tucker has balled in the ABA, numerous places overseas (Spain, Ukraine & Russia) as well as on several NBA summer league teams. 

40 – Solomon Jones (F/C, South Florida) — Jones actually stands a real chance of making the 76ers training camp roster.  He’s 6-10 and 245 pounds and has been hanging around the NBA since 2006.  In 2011-12 he spent 21 games in the League with the Clippers and Hornets and averaged 3.2 points per as well as 2.8 boards per game. 

41 – Justin Williams (F/C, Wyoming) — If you can remember back to 2006, you should recall that Williams is an athletic player who can leap out of the building.  Since his senior season at Wyoming, Williams has bounced around the League (cups of coffee) and Europe.  Most recently he spent a couple of games in the D-League during the 2011-12 season.

43 – Terrance Jennings (F, Louisville) — The former Cardinals’ center (9 & 6 per at the ‘Ville) declared himself eligible for the 2011 NBA Draft after his junior season but went undrafted, so he signed to play with Liege Basket of Belgium’s top-level D1 league.  This past year he played in 31 games for Liege and averaged 8.4 ppg. on 59.6% shooting from the field.

 

 

 


 
 
 

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