LAS VEGAS – Washington State University men’s basketball fans can flash back to the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons, which featured two NCAA Tournament appearances, as three former Cougar standouts, Aron Baynes, Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver, will hit the same court once again as part of the 2013 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, July 12-22.
A 6-foot-10 center, Baynes signed with the San Antonio Spurs, Jan. 23, 2013 after playing professionally in Europe. A member of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team, Baynes played 16 games with the Spurs during the 2012-13 season, including four playoff games for the Western Conference Champions. Baynes and the Spurs will open up action Friday, July 12 against Charlotte at 9 p.m. at the COX Pavilion.
A 6-2 guard, Low has played professionally in Australia, France Lithuania, Israel and most recently Ukraine since graduating from WSU in 2008. This past season, Low’s BC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk team finished 11th in the 14-team Superleague, but, as the only American on the team was second in the league in assists with 6.9 apg and was second on his team in scoring with 15.3 ppg. He earned All-Ukrainian Superleague honorable mention. Low will suit up with the Los Angeles Clippers as they open up play Friday, July 12 against the Atlanta Hawks at 3 p.m. at COX Pavilion.
A 6-6 guard, Weaver was the 38th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Weaver played with the Thunder for two seasons where he was assigned to the NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers four times. Weaver spent the 2010 training camp with the Chicago Bulls but was waived in October. After spending several months in the D-League, he signed with the Utah Jazz, March 30, 2011 where he played five games. Weaver played overseas and returned to the States where he signed with the D-League’s Austin Toros in October of 2012. In February of 2013, he was traded to the Canton Charge where he started 12 of the 16 games he played, averaging 13.4 ppg. Weaver will play in the Summer League with the NBA D-League Select Team. Weaver and his squad open up action Saturday, July 13 against Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. at Thomas and Mack Center.
All three Cougars have played in the NBA Summer League before, Baynes with the Lakers in 2009, Low with the Mavericks in 2008 and Weaver with the Bobcats in 2008. The 2013 NBA Summer League is comprised of 21 NBA teams and the NBA D-League Select squad, and features rookies, second-year players and select free agents.
For the first time since the league's inception in 2004, NBA Summer League will feature a format that includes preliminary games followed by a single-elimination tournament leading to an eventual champion. The schedule tips off Friday, July 12, and will conclude with a championship game, Monday, July 22. All participating teams will play a minimum of five games. After the conclusion of games of July 16, all participating teams will be seeded for single-elimination tournament play that will result in a champion being crowned July 22.
Low and Weaver, who played together all four years at WSU (2005-08) will meet July 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Center. Baynes, who played with Low and Weaver his freshman through junior seasons and with the Cougs from 2006-09, is not slated to face his former teammates, but could in the single-elimination tournament. Low scored 1,288 points in his WSU career, ranking 13th all-time on the Cougars’ scoring list, while Weaver is 19th (1,162 points) and Baynes is 25th (1,064). The trio led WSU to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament and the ‘Sweet 16’ of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, notching a school record, 26 wins, each of the seasons under then-head coach Tony Bennett.