D.J. Shelton's name wasn't called during the NBA Draft last week, but the former Cougar power forward will get an opportunity to earn a spot at the next level. Shelton will play for the Atlanta Hawks during the NBA Summer League, according to Michael Scotto.
A summer league invite is a long way from earning a spot on a NBA roster, but it's a start. The Hawks participate in the Las Vegas Summer League which runs from July 11 to July 21. That will give Shelton a few games to possibly impress the Hawks, or another team, and earn an invitation to training camp. Shelton authored a few noteworthy box scores during his WSU career. Double-digit rebounds, especially totals in the teens, is a good way to catch an eye or two. Kyle Weaver played in the Summer League last year and performed well enough to get a training camp invite with the Grizzlies. We'll see if Shelton has similar success. If not, he figures to land a contract to play professionally in Europe.
Been waiting for someone to give him a shot. Excited to watch him gobble up rebounds.
— Jeff Nusser (@NussCoug) July 1, 2014
Pac-12 preseason position reviews: Tight end - ESPN
Washington State: Nick Begg, a 6-5, 246-pound incoming freshman, is the only player listed as a tight end on the Cougars roster, and Mike Leach has not traditionally used a tight end. Wonder if Begg said he'd sign if Leach agreed to call him a tight end and Leach said, "Sure, whatever."
In Mike Leach's two full seasons as the Washington State football coach, no Pac-12 opponent has been as consistently memorable as Utah.
The Washington State Cougars still have a ways to go before competing for a Pac-12 championship but obvious gains have been made since Mike Leach took over the program two years ago.
Track and Field:
Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat captured his seventh men’s 5000m title last week at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.