Troy Williams, Yogi Ferrell invited to NBA Summer League

Indiana's Yogi Ferrell, left, and Troy Williams check scores on a cellphone following a news conference ahead of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Three former Indiana Hoosiers will represent the Cream and Crimson in July at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas.  Former Hoosiers Kevin Yogi Ferrell will play for the Brooklyn Nets, Troy Williams will suit up for the Phoenix Suns and third-year pro Noah Vonleh will play for the Portland Trailblazers.

Ferrell reached an agreement with the Nets after he left IU as the all-time leader in games played and started with 137 and was the first player in the 21st century to win multiple Big Ten titles wearing the Cream and Crimson.  He finished sixth in career scoring with 1,986 points and was the all-time IU leader in assists with 633.  He was second all-time in Hoosier lore with 272 three-point field goals made, but first in Big Ten play with 159, none bigger than a trey in the final minute at Iowa to help IU clinch its second outright Big Ten title in four years.  As a freshman, the Indianapolis native was instrumental on offense and on defense in the final 50 seconds at Michigan to help lead IU to a Big Ten title and a 72-71 comeback win over the Wolverines.  For his career, he averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists and shot 39.9% from three-point range.  A Wooden All-American choice as a senior, he also earned All-American honors from The Sporting News, the NABC, USA Today, CBS Sports and the Associated Press.

“I really enjoyed my visit to Brooklyn and am honored to have this opportunity,” said Ferrell.  “Their coaching staff is very hands on with their player development and I think it is a great fit for me.”

Williams decided to forego an opportunity to return for his senior year and committed to play with the Suns entry.    He averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds and led the team with 39 steals in helping IU to a No. 9 ranking in the final USA Today Coaches Poll, a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament and an outright Big Ten Championship this past season.  He became the eighth player recruited by Tom Crean at Indiana to eclipse the 1,000 point mark in his career and is 40th among all-time Hoosiers with 1,115 points.

“I think it is a great opportunity that will allow me the chance to prove myself,” noted Williams.  “Most importantly, I’m just happy to have this chance.”

After being selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by Charlotte, Vonleh has averaged 3.6 points in his 103-game NBA career.  He was traded to Portland prior to the 2015-16 season and started 56 games for the Blazers.  He also has averaged 3.8 rebounds in his career.  He is the youngest of the three former Hoosiers and will not turn 21 until this August.

The 11-day showcase of top young NBA talent will run from Friday, July 8 through Monday, July 18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and WatchESPN. Coverage of Samsung NBA Summer League will tip off on ESPN on July 8. In total, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will broadcast 25 games, including all four quarterfinal games, both semifinal games and the Championship Game on Monday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center. Fans can also log on to ESPN3, where all 67 games will be live-streamed. NBA TV will also present a full slate of Samsung NBA Summer League action, televising a total of 30 games.

NBA Summer League 2016 Game Schedule

> All Times listed are PACIFIC
Saturday, July 9
Cox Pavilion
1 p.m. — Phoenix vs. Portland
Thomas & Mack
1:30 p.m. — Cleveland vs. Brooklyn
Sunday, July 10
Thomas & Mack
7:30 p.m. — Phoenix vs. Boston
Monday, July 11
Thomas & Mack
1:30 p.m. — Brooklyn vs. Atlanta
Tuesday, July 12
Cox Pavilion
1 p.m. — Washington vs. Brooklyn
Thomas & Mack
1:30 p.m. — Portland vs. Utah
3:30 p.m. — Miami vs. Phoenix

Wednesday, July 13 – Monday July 18
Tournament Play

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