July 10, 2014
RENO, Nev. - Four former University of Nevada basketball players; Deonte Burton, Luke Babbitt, Olek Czyz and Armon Johnson will begin play in the NBA Summer League starting Friday in Las Vegas. Another Wolf Pack player Jerry Evans, Jr. was schedule to join them in Las Vegas but is sidelined with an injury. The league runs July 11-21.
Burton just concluded his four-year career with the Wolf Pack and will play for the Washington Wizards summer league team. The 6-1 guard started all 130 games at Nevada and became just the second player in school history to score over 2,000 points finishing with 2,102 to rank second at Nevada. A 2014 All-Mountain West selection he also earned first-team NABC District 17 and USBWA District VIII. He received the "Doc" Martie Award as Nevada's senior male Athlete of the Year. The Los Angeles native ended his career ranked in the top five in nine career categories at Nevada. He averaged 20.1 points per game this past season and 16.2 in his career.
Babbitt was the 16th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. He spent three seasons with the Trail Blazers and part of this past season with the New Orleans Pelicans and will play for their summer league team. In two seasons at Nevada from 2008-10 he started all 68 games and scored 1,316 points for an average of 19.4 per game. He was the 2009 WAC Freshman of the Year and 2010 WAC Player of the Year. In 2010 he earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors. Appearing in 153 NBA games he has averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Czyz played two seasons at Nevada (2010-12) after transferring from Duke. This past season he played in the NBA Development League for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge. He will play for the NBA D-League Select team in the summer league. His senior year at Nevada he earned first-team All-WAC honors after helping the Pack to the conference title. In two seasons he averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds at Nevada in 58 games.
A point guard Johnson is the third member of the group that played his prep basketball in Reno attending Hug High School and will play for the Los Angeles Clippers summer league team. After his junior season he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round with overall 34th pick of the draft. He has played in 47 games during his NBA career and has spent time playing professionally overseas the last few seasons. In three seasons at Nevada (2007-2010) he scored 1,441 points in 84 games for an average of 14.3 per game. He was the 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year and earned first team All-WAC honors in 2009 and 2010.
The 6-8 Evans just completed his four-year career at Nevada in 2014 and signed as a free agent to play for the Utah Jazz in the summer league before being sidelined. Evans started 30-of-31 games in his senior season and averaged a career-high 12.3 points per game and led the team grabbing 6.2 rebounds per outing. In four seasons he scored 985 points to average 7.8 points in 126 games with 107 being starts.
Babbitt and Czyz will play against each other in their first game of the summer league on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT. Although the two did not play together at Nevada they competed against each other while attending high school in Reno. Babbitt played at Galena High School and Czyz attended Reno High School as both graduated in 2008. Burton's first game is Saturday versus Atlanta at 1:30 p.m. PT and Johnson's team takes on the Chicago summer team also on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. PT.
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