TWO BEARCATS PLAYING IN SUMMER LEAGUE
July 1, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
University of Cincinnati forward Justin Jackson (Cocoa Beach, Fla./Arlington Country Day) has signed to play for the Charlotte Hornets at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on July 11-21.
Jackson had a pair of workouts with the Hornets on June 12 and 14 but went undrafted in the two-round NBA Draft on June 26. He will remain an undrafted free agent during summer league play.
“What you see is what you get with Justin Jackson,” said Jackson’s agent, Travis King with Relativity Sports. “He is an extremely hard worker with great defensive prowess who always plays with great intensity. He’s a great glue guy who does all the little things needed to get the job done.”
Jackson enjoyed a standout senior season, averaging 11.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. The American Defensive Player of the Year and finalist for the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year Award, Jackson ranked 12th in the nation with 99 blocks – third most for a single season in UC history. His 219 career blocks were fourth most on UC charts.
The 6-8, 230-pound forward also ranked fourth in the American with 7.3 rebounds, was sixth in field goal shooting at 53.2 percent and seventh in steals at 1.6 per game. He posted seven double-doubles, blocked three or more shots in 219 games and scored in double figures in 25 of 34 contests during the 2013-14 campaign.
University of Cincinnati senior Sean Kilpatrick (Yonkers, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep [Mass.]) has signed a contract with Philadelphia to compete for the 76ers at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
The summer league schedule runs July 11-21. Philadelphia's squad begins play on July 12.
Kilpatrick went undrafted in the two-round NBA Draft on Thursday.
The 6-4, 210-pound guard helped guide the Bearcats to 101 victories, four NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the 2014 American Athletic Conference regular-season title during the past four seasons at Cincinnati. The Bearcats were 27-7 overall and 15-3 in the American during the 2013-14 campaign.
Kilpatrick finished his career as a first-team All-American this past season, leading the American and ranking 18th in the nation averaging 20.6 points. He led UC in scoring in each of its last 20 games and in 31 of 34 contest during the season. He was chosen a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy and a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy.
Kilpatrick finished his career second in career points (2,145 points from 2011-2014), behind only the legendary Oscar Robertson (2,973 points from 1958-60). He tied Deonta Vaughn (2006-10) for the school record in career three-pointers made with 313 and set school marks for career games played (140), consecutive games played (140) and career minutes played (4,315). He also ranks among UC career leaders in victories (second at 101), field goal attempts (second at 1,687), field goals made (fourth at 707) and steals (fifth at 166).