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2016 NBA Orlando Summer League: Big East basketball recap

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Action tipped off on the first day of the 2016 NBA Summer League in Orlando on Saturday afternoon. A few Big East products were featured around, and in case you missed any of the action, here’s how those players performed today:

Pistons 81, Knicks 49

In action today were the Pistons and Knicks and both rosters featured at least one former Big East hooper. For the Knickerbockers, former Georgetown Hoyas hooper DaJuan Summers was prominently featured. In over 19 minutes of action, Summers scored 12 points on nine shots, shooting 55.55 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from the 3-point line on five attempts from deep. Summers’ 12 points were a team-high, besting that of former Fresno State Bulldogs guard Marvelle Harris who scored 10 on the day.

Meanwhile first round pick Henry Ellenson also scored 12 points to match Summers on the day. However, Ellenson had a rough day in the efficiency department. The 2016 Big East Freshman of the Year scored those 12 points on 13 shots, dropping in just four field goal attempts on the day. Perhaps a bit of a positive is that he shot 2-for-5 from the 3-point line, a weakness usually for Ellenson as he showed in his freshman season at Marquette. Ellenson also grabbed eight boards and picked up a steal but committed two turnovers.

Former Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard did not play due to a coach’s decision.

Thunder 86, Mavericks 85

Former Xavier guard Semaj Christon had a solid showing Saturday afternoon in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 86-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Christon dropped 11 points in the win, dished out four assists, grabbed three rebounds and amassed four steals in the 32:40 that he played, which was also the most minutes logged of anyone on the team.

Opposing Christon was former Marquette guard Vander Blue. The Mavs guard scored 14 points in the loss, two shy of Andre Dawkins’ team-high 16 and did so whilst shooting a meager 4-for-11 from the field. The former Golden Eagle added two rebounds, an assist, and a steal to his line but couldn’t quite keep a good handle on the ball as he coughed it up five times.

Former Butler Bulldogs forward Kameron Woods, like Hilliard, did not play due to a coach’s decision.