Ayinde Ubaka Joins Charlotte Bobcats in NBA Summer League

July 6, 2007

BERKELEY - Three former Golden Bear basketball players are participating in the NBA's Summer League, including former point guard Ayinde Ubaka, who recently signed with the Charlotte Bobcats.

In addition, Rod Benson is with the Memphis Grizzlies and Leon Powe is playing for the Boston Celtics.

Ubaka completed his senior season in March as a four-year starter for Cal at point guard. An All-Pac-10 selection as a junior, he was voted team MVP this past year when he averaged 13.7 ppg and 4.3 apg. Ubaka finished his career with 1,194 points, ranking 17th on Cal's all-time list. He also rates among the school's career leaders in three-pointers (3rd, 160), assists (4th, 417) and free throw shooting (9th, 77.9%)

The Bobcats will play in the five-day Summer League event hosted by the Orlando Magic July 9-13. The summer league will pit the Bobcats against Miami (July 9), Chicago (July 10), Orlando (July 11), New Jersey (July 12) and Indiana (July 13).

Benson, who played center at Cal from 2003-06, will be part of the Grizzlies' roster that will compete in Las Vegas July 6-14. He led the Bears in both scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebound (6.3 rpg) as a junior in 2004-05. In an injury-plagued senior season, he contributed 4.9 ppg and 3.0 rpg.

The Grizzlies will open their Summer League schedule against the Chinese national team July 6, and feature contests against the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers, before closing on July 14 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Powe recently finished his rookie year with the Celtics and is a member of Boston's summer team in Las Vegas. The two-time All-Pac-10 performer played with 63 games during his first season in the NBA, averaging 4.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg, with a high of 19 points at Atlanta April 10.

The Celtics first game in the Summer League will be July 6 when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers. The schedule continues with match-ups against the San Antonio Spurs July 9, the Chinese National Team July 11, the Milwaukee Bucks July and vs. the Dallas Mavericks July 14.

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