Cats make early impact as NBA Summer League begins - Tucson News Now

Cats make early impact as NBA Summer League begins

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A handful of former Arizona Wildcats, who were invited to take part in the NBA Summer League, got to step back on the court Saturday for the opening of play.

Stanley Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski have not suited up together on the same court since their days in McKale Center (2014-2015), but both are appearing this summer with the Detroit Pistons.

Johnson, drafted in the 1st round after playing just one season at UA, appeared in 73  games in his rookie debut in the NBA. He and Tarczewski both started for the Pistons and Johnson lead the team in points with 15, grabbing eight rebounds with three assist and three steals.

Tarczewski, who spent four years at the University of Arizona, went 3-of-4 shooting, scoring six points, but only grabbed two rebounds with no blocks. He averaged nine rebounds a game as a senior last season with the Wildcats while tallying 27 blocks during Pac-12 play.  

Brandon Ashley is on the Dallas Mavericks summer league team. Ashley played three seasons at Arizona (2012-2015). He went undrafted last summer and saw time with the Texas Legends, a NBA Developmental League team, before finishing out the year overseas. 

Ashley started and shot 50 percent from the floor finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. 

Nick Johnson and Ryan Anderson have both worn the Wildcat jersey proudly, but never together. Johnson was drafted in the second round by the Houston Rockets in 2014. He has bounced back in forth between the NBA and the NBA D-League.

Johnson and Anderson, who played under Sean Miller at Arizona, were both invited to the summer league by the Orlando Magic. 

Nick struggled to get things started going 2-of-10 from the floor but he did dish out eight assists and five steals in a summer opening loss. 

Anderson scored eight points with five rebounds in ten minutes of action. He averaged a double-double during his lone season (2015-16) playing for Arizona, becoming the first Wildcat to do so since Jordan Hill (2008-2009). 

Gabe York is getting his shot at the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets. York spent all four of his collegiate years playing for the Wildcats where he tied Salim Stoudamire for the most three-point shots made in a game (nine) while ascending to 5th in the UA record books for most three-pointers in a season. 

York shot 50 percent in his NBA summer debut but made just one three-pointer on three attempts, finishing with nine points, one rebound and two assists. 

Bryce Cotton, a 2010 Palo Verde High School graduate and Providence College alumni, is playing in his third NBA Summer League. He will be on the Atlanta Hawks roster when they begin action in Las Vegas on July 5. 

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By Brandon Mejia
Tucson News Now Sports Intern

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