Former Buckeyes to show potential in NBA Summer League
Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Including Jared Sullinger, a trio of former Ohio State basketball players are hoping to impress as the NBA Summer League gets underway.
Jon Diebler, a 2011 draftee, free agents Dallas Lauderdale and David Lighty, Jr. are the other former Buckeyes vying for rosters spots in the NBA.
Former OSU three-point specialist Diebler, who began his professional career with the Greek Basketball League club Panionios, travelled to Portland Monday where he will practice and play with the Trail Blazers.
Diebler, who holds the Ohio high school career scoring record and the Ohio State University and Big Ten career three-point field goals records, was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by Portland before suiting up for Panionios.
Last season, Diebler led the Greek club offensively by tallying nearly 11 points per game, while shooting 60 percent from the field and 45 percent from the 3-point arc.
Diebler, 24, dubbed the “Threebler” as he connected on 374 career 3-pointers during his four years with the Buckeyes, could address some of the lack of shooting ability by the Trail Blazers, who could take him on their roster at guard or small forward.
Lauderdale started his professional career with Polish club PGE Turow during the 2011-12 season.
The 23-year-old Lauderdale, who donned scarlet and gray from 2007-2011 will participate in summer exhibitions with the Golden State Warriors, who could use his dominating 6-foot-8 presence in their possible lineup.
Lighty, regarded as one of the most versatile guards in the history of Ohio State basketball, is also returning from Europe where he began his career with Bennet Cantu of the Italian League.
Lighty, who is joining Phoenix this summer, last played with the Gruppo Triboldi Basket.
With the recent trade that sent former two-time league MVP Steve Nash, Ligthy, 24, could be contending with six other guard aspirants on the Suns’ summer roster.
All three former Buckeyes are set to take part in the Las Vegas Summer League, which gets underway Friday.
According to the teams’ respective websites, Golden State and Portland open summer league Friday, while the Suns will play their first exhibition tilt Sunday.
Meanwhile, undrafted William Buford, 22, is another former OSU player who is hoping to find place with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer league.