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D.J. Shelton signs with Italian team

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While Klay Thompson and Aron Baynes are firmly entrenched on NBA rosters, a few other Cougars continue to try to get there. Brock Motom and DaVonte Lacy spent time in the NBA summer league. D.J. Shelton did not play in Orlando or Las Vegas this year and will instead head back to Europe for his second pro season.

After playing in Belgium last season, Shelton will be in Italy this year after agreeing to a deal with Victoria Libertas Pesaro. VL Pesaro plays in Serie A in Italy and should be a good opportunity for Shelton to play in the top Italian league. It may not be the NBA, but there are certainly worse places to play professional basketball than in Pesaro, Italy.

Shelton played with the Atlanta Hawks summer league team in 2014 before spending the season playing in Belgium. He had a good year, averaging nearly 15 points and more than 5 rebounds per game. Shelton is one of several former WSU players playing around the world. Abe Lodwick is playing in Belgium, Taylor Rochestie is playing in Israel, Kyle Weaver is playing in Puerto Rico while Derrick Low is playing in Romania.

On the women's side, Jazmine Perkins signed a deal on Sunday to play in Bulgaria.



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