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Six Former Buffs Set To Compete In NBA Summer League

Jul 5, 2022
McKinley Wright IV spent his rookie season a two-way contract with Minnesota and will play for Phoenix during the 2022 NBA Summer League

BOULDER – Six former University of Colorado men's basketball standouts are on rosters for the 2022 NBA Summer League, July 7-17, in Las Vegas.

On the veteran's side, Tyler Bey (2017-20) is playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, McKinley Wright IV (2017-21) will spend the summer with the Phoenix Suns while George King (2013-18) returns to the Portland Trail Blazers.

For the rookies, Jabari Walker (2020-22) joins King in Portland while D'Shawn Schwartz (2017-21) is with the New York Knicks and Jeriah Horne (2020-21) is with Sacramento.

Walker, the 57th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft by the Trail Blazers is set to make his debut on Thursday, July 7, against the Detroit Pistons. Walker was a 2021-22 All-Pac-12 Conference First Team selection, averaging 14.6 points and a league best 9.4 rebounds per game.

Walker joins King, who played for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League last season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in 32 games. King had a call up to Dallas with a 10-day contract in December, appearing in five games for the Mavericks. A 2018 second round draft pick by Phoenix, King played in three games for the Blazers during the 2021 NBA Summer League.

Bey and the 76ers will play three games in the Salt Lake City Summer League, beginning Tuesday, July 5, vs. Memphis, before heading to the main event in Las Vegas. Bey helped Rio Grande Valley to the 2022 NBA G League Championship, averaging 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds over 29 games for the Vipers. He was originally selected by the 76ers in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft before being traded to Dallas. The 2019-20 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Bey played in five games for Chicago in the 2021 NBA Summer League.

Wright played his rookie season on a two-way contract with Minnesota and will make his Suns Summer League debut on Friday, July 8, against the Los Angeles Lakers. Wright spent most of his season with the Iowa Wolves, averaging 19.1 points per game while ranking fifth in the NBA G League in assists at 7.7 an outing. A three-time All-Pac-12 performer and Colorado's all-time leader in assists, Wright appeared in five games with the Timberwolves in 2021-22.

Schwartz was a 1,000-point scorer for the Buffaloes before spending a graduate year at George Mason this last season. He begins Summer League action with the New York Knicks on Friday, July 8, against Golden State.

Horne played one graduate season for Colorado, helping the Buffaloes to the 2021 NCAA Tournament before returning to Tulsa to finish his collegiate career. Horne's Summer League began over the weekend at the California Classic, scoring four points in 11 minutes in Sacramento's 86-68 win over Golden State.

All five teams will play five games while in Las Vegas. A Walker/King-Schwartz matchup is set for Monday, July 11, as the Trail Blazers and Knicks meet at 9 p.m. MT on ESPN2. Wright is scheduled to face Horne on Friday, July 15, as the Suns and Kings battle at 6 p.m. MT on NBATV.

The schedule for the first four games for all six Summer League Buffs is below (All times MDT). A fifth game for all five teams will be played either July 16 or 17 with opponent and time to be determined.

Tyler Bey – Philadelphia 76ers
*Tue. July 5, vs. Memphis, 5 p.m., ESPN
*Wed. July 6, vs. Utah, 7 p.m., ESPN
*Thu. July 7, vs. Oklahoma City, 4 p.m., NBATV
Sat. July 9, vs. Toronto, 1:30 p.m., NBATV
Sun. July 10, vs Brooklyn, 1:30 p.m., NBATV
Wed. July 13, vs. Miami, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Fri. July 15, vs. Denver, 4 p.m., NBATV
*Salt Lake City Summer League

George King & Jabari Walker – Portland Trail Blazers
Thu. July 7, vs. Detroit, 10 p.m., ESPN
Sat. July 9, vs. New Orleans, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Mon. July 11, vs. New York, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Thu. July 14, vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m., NBATV

McKinley Wright IV – Phoenix Suns
Fri. July 8, vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Sun. July 10, vs. Washington, 3:30 p.m., NBATV
Tue. July 12, vs. Dallas, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Fri. July 15, vs. Sacramento, 6 p.m., NBATV

D'Shawn Schwartz – New York Knicks
Fri. July 8, vs. Golden State, 6 p.m., ESPN2
Sun. July 10, vs. Chicago, 3 p.m., ESPN2
Mon., July 11, vs. Portland, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Thu, July 14, vs. Orlando, 5:30 p.m., NBATV

Jeriah Horne – Sacramento Kings
*Tue. July 5, vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 3:30 p.m., NBATV
Sat. July 9, vs. Orlando, 2 p.m., ESPN
Sun. July 10, vs. Indiana, 1 p.m., ESPN
Wed. July 13, vs. Oklahoma City, 6 p.m., NBATV
Fri., July 15, vs. Phoenix, 6 p.m., NBATV
*California Classic Summer League

Games featuring Buffs vs. Buffs in italics