Former Kansas PF Cliff Alexander and former UConn G Ryan Boatright are set to play on the Brooklyn Nets summer league team. The Nets will be competing in both the Orlando and Las Vegas leagues this summer.
Alexander has had a dramatic fall from grace. After coming out of high school with over 20 scholarship options and being one of the top recruits in the nation, Alexander suffered from eligibility rules in college and struggled to crack into the starting lineup at Kansas. Alexander then went undrafted.
However the Nets are looking to keep Alexander on past summer league, and he fill the big man role that was vacated when Mason Plumlee was sent to Portland.
This is a great pickup for the Nets as Alexander is brimming with potential, he only needs the right situation to thrive.
Boatright acted as backup to Shabazz Napier in UConn’s national championship run in 2014. However this year he emerged as a quality point guard putting up 17 points per game along with shooting 40% from behind the arc.
He looks like a promising prospect, however Boatright went undrafted due to his size (5’10).
While it seems unlikely that Boatright could make it on to the Nets’ final roster, due to their current logjam of point guards in Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack and the recently acquired Steve Blake.
Boatright is widely regarded as a high character guy off the court, and he should look to prove his worth on the Nets’ Summer League roster.
Other players expected to suit up for the Nets’ summer league team are rookies Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Juan Pablo Vaulet, last year’s picks Markel Brown, Cory Jefferson and Xavier Thames along with Lionel Hollins son Austin.