Former Cougars to Take Part in NBA's Summer League
July 2, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Former Washington State University men's basketball student-athletes Aron Baynes, Taylor Rochestie and Kyle Weaver will take part in the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports which takes place July 10-19 at the COX Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
The Las Vegas Summer League consists of 21 NBA teams that head to the desert to put their rookies to the test and continue the search for those who can contribute next season. Both Baynes and Rochestie will play for the 2009 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, while Weaver is on the Oklahoma City roster, whom he played for as a rookie in 2008-09.
'It's good that after a long training session we get to go play in the summer league,' Rochestie said. 'It's going to be a lot of fun to get out there and compete against other teams in Las Vegas. I'm really looking forward to being able to play with one of my best friends in Baynes and to be able to go out there and show everyone what I can do.'
A two-year starter for the Cougs, Baynes finished second on the team in scoring this season (12.7 points per game) and tied for third last season (10.4 ppg). He became the 30th player in WSU history to exceed 1,000 points for his career, finishing with 1,064. A native of Cairns, Australia, the 6-foot-11 center also became the 11th Cougar to surpass 600 rebounds as he finished with 653. He led the Cougars with 43 blocked shots this past season to move into a seventh-place tie with Kyle Weaver with 93 career blocks. Baynes finished his career with the eighth best field goal percentage all time (.546).
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Rochestie led the team in scoring and assists this past season with 13.2 points and 4.5 assists per game, starting all 33 games. The 6-1 point guard holds the WSU season and career records for free throw percentage with a season mark of .891 and a career clip of .835. Rochestie holds six other top-20 career marks in the WSU record books. At the conclusion of this season, he was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference First Team and became the second-consecutive Cougar to be named the men's basketball Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year. This year he was named to the ESPN The Magazine District VIII All-Academic First Team.
Weaver played his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats as the 38th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. The 6-6 guard played 56 games for the Thunder, starting 19. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 assists in 20.8 minutes of action per game. Last summer Weaver played in the NBA Summer League with the Bobcats. Weaver started 103 of the 121 games he played in his WSU career and became the 29th Cougar to score 1,000 career points in 2007-08, finishing his career with 1,162 points which ranks 17th in WSU's career record books. 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.
Baynes and Rochestie open up play with the Lakers Friday, July 10 at 5 p m. PDT as they take on the Toronto Raptors at Cox Pavilion. Weaver's Thunder takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, July 11 at 3 p.m. PDT. The former Cougs will meet up on Tuesday, July 14 as the Lakers take on the Thunder at 5:30 p.m. PDT.