While Hollis Thompson’s recent signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder may have compensated for a brutal NBA draft for Georgetown (and for my home team, the Boston Celtics, who decided to throw away its future and draft TWO Syracuse players in Fab Melo and Kris Joseph), three other undrafted Hoyas from the past two years are looking to follow in Thompson’s footsteps: Austin Freeman, Jason Clark, and Henry Sims.
The NBA Summer League is used to spotlight hidden talent and uncover the best undrafted players, as they have a chance to go up against recently-drafted players and some rookies. While every player technically plays for a team, the undrafted ones aren’t obligated to any single organization, instead acting more like showcases for the entire NBA. Here’s a breakdown of the Hoyas’ performances thus far:
Jason Clark, Miami Heat: There’s really not much left to be said about Clark. Extraordinarily talented and effective in college, Clark suffers from the same problem that plagues many collegiate players — he is a shooting guard in a point guard’s body. If Clark is to make the Heat’s roster, he must demonstrate improved ball handling and an increased ability to run an NBA offense. After a scoreless first outing, Clark came back to hit 3 of 6 field goals, finishing with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes.