The LSU basketball program and south Louisiana will be well-represented in the NBA Summer League tournament that begins Friday in Las Vegas.
LSU's six-man contingent is led by point guard Tremont Waters, a second-round pick of the Boston Celtics, and power forward Naz Reid, who signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Other former Tigers participating are point guard Josh Gray and power forward Duop Reath, who are both with the Brooklyn Nets, and shooting guards Keith Hornsby (Portland Trail Blazers) and Brandon Sampson (Golden State Warriors).
Six other players with Baton Rouge and south Louisiana ties are scheduled to take part in summer league games, which are also being played in Sacramento and Salt Lake City.
Baton Rouge natives Damian Jones and Jacob Evans, who both played this season with the Golden State Warriors, are playing with Golden State’s summer team that is taking part in the California Classic and Las Vegas tournaments.
Jones, a former Scotlandville High standout, is a center who has played with the Warriors the past three seasons, while Evans, a former St. Michael star, is a shooting guard who appeared in 30 games for Golden State as a rookie this season.
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Former UL standout JaKeenan Gant, a forward/center, and former New Orleans star Travin Thibodeaux, a forward, are with the Indiana Pacers.
Former Chalmette High School star Mitchell Robinson, a center, and guard Lamar Peters, who played at Landry-Walker in New Orleans and at Mississippi State, are with the New York Knicks. Robinson was a rookie with the Knicks this season.
The Las Vegas summer tournament includes all 30 NBA teams and national teams from China and Croatia.
Teams compete in a tournament-style schedule, playing four preliminary games before the top teams advance to a single-elimination tournament.
Each team will play at least five games and as many as seven games with the championship game set for July 15.
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Games will be televised by the ESPN family of networks and NBA TV.
The schedule for LSU and south Louisiana players participating in the NBA Summer League tournament in Las Vegas (all times CDT):
(Tremont Waters, LSU)
July 6: Philadelphia, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
July 8: Cleveland, 6:30 p.m., NBA TV
July 9: Denver, 7 p.m., ESPN2
July 11: Memphis, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2
Golden State Warriors
(Brandon Sampson, LSU; Jacob Evans, St. Michael’s; Damian Jones, Scotlandville High)
July 5: Charlotte, 8 p.m., NBA TV
July 7: Toronto, 11 a.m., ESPN
July 8: L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., NBA TV
July 10: Denver, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU
(Naz Reid, LSU)
July 5: Cleveland, 4 p.m., NBA TV
July 7: Atlanta, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2
July 8: Milwaukee, 8 p.m., ESPNU
July 10: Miami, 6 p.m., NBA TV
Portland Trail Blazers
(Keith Hornsby, LSU)
July 6: Detroit, 2:30 p.m., ESPNU
July 7: Houston, 9 p.m., NBA TV
July 9: Utah, 5 p.m., ESPN2
July 11: Oklahoma City, 7 p.m., NBA TV
(Duop Reath, LSU; Josh Gray, LSU)
July 5: Dallas, 2 p.m., NBA TV
July 7: Croatia, 11 a.m., NBA TV
July 8: Washington, 12:30 p.m., NBA TV
July 10: Orlando, 12:30 p.m., ESPNU
(JaKeenan Gant, UL; Travin Thibodeaux, UNO)
July 6: Memphis, 6 p.m., NBA TV
July 8: Detroit, 4 p.m., ESPNU
July 9: Atlanta, 4:30 p.m., NBA TV
July 11: Toronto, 5 p.m., NBA TV
New York Knicks
(Mitchell Robinson, Chalmette High; Lamar Peters, Landry-Walker High)
July 5: New Orleans, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
July 7: Phoenix, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
July 9: Toronto, 8:30 p.m., NBA TV
July 10: L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2