Jay Hook will have a familiar name across his chest to start his professional career.
The former Tulane sharpshooter told The Advocate he will attend Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans. His first game will be July 10 against Milwaukee at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Hook played for four years under coach Ed Conroy, becoming the team’s most reliable perimeter shooter along the way. He owns the Green Wave’s record for 3-pointers made in a season, converting 88 of them as a junior en route to being third-most prolific 3-point shooter in school history.
Considering the Pelicans sold their only draft pick on Thursday night – No. 56 went to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for $660,000 – the opportunities for an unheralded prospect to shine during the Pelicans’ stint in Las Vegas are considerable.
And Hook has taken advantage in the past.
As a junior, he shot up the depth chart when Tulane was decimated by transfers, making the rarely-used shooting guard one of the team’s key cogs and earning himself Conroy’s trust.
“Jay is reliable,” Conroy said in January. “He’s someone I always feel like I can count on and someone who we always believe in. It’s been great just having him here and having him as a source of stability in a lot of ways for this team.”
Another summer league addition
Pelicans sources confirmed Iowa State guard Bryce Dejean Jones will also join the team's summer league roster.
Jones averaged 10 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Big XII tournament champions
The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder has had a long road, starting his career at USC before traveling to UNLV, where he ran into legal trouble, which eventually led to him landing at Iowa State.