The Orlando Summer League wrapped up earlier this week, and the Big East was certainly well-represented.
The week began on a bit of a somber note for the conference after it was announced that former Villanova big man JayVaughn Pinkston had torn his ACL in workouts. Pinkston had been scheduled to play for the Brooklyn Nets and even looked to have a good chance at making the team before the injury.
Pinkston's Villanova teammate, Darrun Hilliard, found himself suiting up for the Detroit Pistons in Orlando after being the first Big East player selected in the 2015 NBA Draft. Hilliard averaged 9.4 points per game in 20 minutes per game in five Summer League games. He also added 1.2 steals per game, continuing his defensive peskiness that was on display at Villanova.
Last Stop for Stain Train?
Xavier's Matt Stainbrook only saw action in one game for the Indiana Pacers and he scored three points in four minutes. Luckily for Stainbrook, he's also scheduled to play for the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League, so his lack of playing time isn't cause for concern. Not yet, at least.
Former Georgetown Hoya Joshua Smith found himself playing for the Miami Heat and averaged 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 12.3 minutes. Smith's been battling his weight for most of his life, and checked in at 360 pounds in Orlando. Smith probably won't make the Heat, but, as he told the Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser, this is the first step in his NBA journey, which includes dropping some weight.
We conclude with a player who has been out of the Big East for a year, already, but is making an impact with the Oklahoma City Thunder: Xavier's Semaj Christon. Christon led the Orlando Summer League in assists with 6.8 per game in 31.2 minutes per game. With all those assists, it was like Christ(on)mas for his Thunder teammates. He was also the sixth-leading scorer in the league with 15.6 points per game.