Though the early entrant did not get selected on Thursday in the 2015 NBA Draft, Florida Gators guard Michael Frazier II has agreed to play in the 2015 NBA Summer League with the Golden State Warriors from July 10-20, a source close to the player told OnlyGators.com on Friday.
Frazier, who will join the Warriors for the Las Vegas portion of summer league action, does not plan to play in summer league games held in Orlando, but another former Gators star will. OnlyGators.com also confirmed Friday that Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin, the 2014 SEC Player of the Year, will suit up for the Orlando Magic in early summer league action from July 4-10.
The Gators’ second-leading scorer in 2014-15 with 12.1 points per game, Frazier was expected to have a breakout season for Florida and certainly made his mark in a number of games, including a 27-point performance at Ole Miss on Jan. 24. He missed seven straight contests for Florida – which at 16-17 did not qualify for postseason competition – down the stretch due to a high ankle sprain, finishing the season .417 from the field, .380 from beyond the arc and .871 from the charity stripe. He averaged 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 29.2 minutes per game, second-most on the team.
Wilbekin made some waves overseas after going undrafted in 2014 and failing to latch on with an NBA team despite playing well in summer league action one year ago with Memphis and Philadelphia.
He joined the Cairns Taipans in Australia and became the first player in team history to be named its Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Wilbekin averaged 15.4 points and 4.3 assists per game for Cairns, leading the Taipans to a first-place finish in the regular season for the first time in team history and all the way to the Grand Final in Australia’s National Basketball League. He was later chosen as an All-NBL First Team selection.
After the season, Wilbekin was snatched up by AEK Athens B.C. of the Greek Basketball League for the final nine games of its campaign, averaging 8.0 points and 3.9 assists per game for the team.
Also undrafted this year was forward/center Chris Walker, who has not signed with a team for summer league play as of press time.
It is expected that former Gators C Patric Young, who spent the 2014-15 season in Turkey with Galatasaray S.K. and averaged 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds for the franchise (earning him league First Team honors), will once again look for a summer league opportunity after playing in the event and eventually being signed by the New Orleans Pelicans last year.
Two former Florida forwards spent the 2014-15 campaign in the NBA D-League, and each is expected to play summer league ball for their respective franchises. Casey Prather played for the Bakersfield Jam (Phoenix Suns‘ affiliate) last season, averaging 11.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Erik Murphy spent time with the Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs affiliate) and picked up 11.9 points and 5.5 boards per game.
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