Three Former Cougars to Take Part in NBA's Summer League
July 10, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Former Washington State University men's basketball student-athletes Kyle Weaver, Derrick Low and Jeff Varem will take part in the 2008 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports July 11-20, at COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
The 38th overall pick in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, Weaver was invited to participate in summer league competition by the team that drafted him, the Charlotte Bobcats. A native of Beloit, Wis., he became the first Cougar drafted since Mark Hendrickson was taken as the 31st overall pick in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Weaver started 103 of the 121 games he played in his career and became the 29th Cougar to score 1,000 points in a career, finishing his career with 1,162 points which ranks 17th in WSU's career record books. Weaver also ranks on WSU's all-time list in 11 other categories, including assists (second, 465) and steals (third, 188). He is believed to be the first student-athlete in Pac-10 history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 450 assists, 175 steals and 75 blocked shot in a career. Weaver recorded the first triple double in WSU history with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against Stanford Jan. 13, 2007.
A four-year starter for the Cougars from 2004-08, Low will represent the Dallas Mavericks in the summer league, while competing for a spot on the team's regular season roster. Low, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, became the 28th Cougar to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his career. He ranks 11th in the WSU career record books with 1,288 points. He also ranks on WSU's all-time list in 10 other categories including 3-point field goals made (fourth, 220) and free throw percentage (sixth, .800). As a senior Low set the WSU single-season record with 92 3-pointers made.
A native of Benue, Nigeria, Varem played for the Cougars from 2003-05. He will participate with the Denver Nuggets' summer league squad, having played for Sioux Falls in the NBA Development League in 2006-07. In his two-year career at WSU he averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per outing while starting 41 of the 48 games in which he appeared.
Low and the Mavericks open play Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. PT against the L.A. Clippers. Both Weaver and Varem begin play Saturday, July 12 as the Bobcats take on the Clippers at 3 p.m. PT and the Nuggets face the Philadelphia 76ers at 5 p.m. PT. All games can be seen at www.NBA.com, while selected games will air on NBATV.