SUMMER LEAGUES: COMINGS AND GOINGS
* The Vegas Summer League, featuring 16 NBA summer teams, concluded on Friday. Jawad Williams (Golden State) had a 17-point, four-rebound game last week, but looked lost most of the time in Vegas, according to a report to Inside Carolina from draftexpress.com in Las Vegas. Williams averaged 17 mpg, 6.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg and shot 13-28 (.464) from the floor, 0-5 from the arc and went 5-9 (.556) from the line in five (1-4) games in the VSL.
Kris Lang (Portland) made good use of "some really nice passes from Sebastian Telfair around the basket and had a great dunk that the crowd really liked," IC was informed. Lang had a 10-10 double-double on Friday to give him 5.2 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 22.3 mpg over six games (3-3). He was 13-26 (.500) on field goals and 5-8 (.625) shooting free throws.
The report to IC from Vegas noted that Ed Cota (Washington) was unhappy with his playing time and left the team after three games. In those three games (1-2), Cota was on the court for 19 mpg (17, 17 and 24), averaging 2.3 ppg (3-10 FG, 1-4 3pt. FG) and 2.7 apg.
On Friday the summer league action shifted to Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Rocky Mountain Revue and to the Minnesota Summer League at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Rocky Mountain Revue Notes: Jason Capel was with the Charlotte Bobcats during a six-day mini-camp but did go with the team to Utah. ... Sean May (Charlotte) had back-to-back double-doubles (18-10, 19-18) on Friday and Saturday. ... Raymond Felton (Charlotte) was hampered by a groin injury on Friday and did not play against Utah on Saturday. ... Melvin Scott played limited minutes in two games for Utah. ... Marvin Williams (Atlanta) shot a subpar 6-for-22 from the floor in two games and averaged nine points and four boards. ... The Revue was closed on Sunday and resumes today through Friday with another day off on Wednesday.
Southern California Summer Pro League Notes: Former Tar Heel Makhtar Ndiaye is with the national team of Senegal at the SPL in Long Beach, Calif. Ndiaye has played in seven games (1-6) and is averaging 21.6 mpg, 4.4 ppg (12-40 FG, 1-3 3pt. FG, 6-6 FT) and 2.9 rpg. ... Senegal lost yesterday 85-64 to a Miami Heat summer squad featuring Roger Mason Jr. (Virginia) and Jamaal Levy (Wake Forest).
Inside Carolina has put together a chart with game-by-game stats and schedules for each Tar Heel involved with an NBA summer team at http://northcarolina.scout.com/2/393303.html for your convenience.
McCANTS CHEERS, SIGNS, WAITS
* The Minnesota Summer League began on Friday in Minneapolis, but Rashad McCants did not get to test the rims at the Target Center. McCants, sidelined over the weekend due to a strained left hamstring and doubtful for the rest of summer league, was reduced to signing autographs and cheering for his teammates.
On Friday night, most of that cheering was for free-agent forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili. The Wolves dominated Milwaukee 102-69 as Skita, a 22-year-old, 7-footer from the Republic of Georgia that was last with Golden State, tallied 25 points (8-11 FG, with three three-pointers) and hauled in 10 rebounds in 17 minutes during the 33-point victory as he became a crowd favorite, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press game report.
On Saturday against the Knicks, it was a different story for Tskitishvili. He left the game with a fractured bone in his right hand. Duke's Nick Horvath was unavailable for the T'wolves because of a sprained right ankle. Minnesota plays Toronto tonight and Indiana on Tuesday afternoon.
* Chris Shaver, the son of UNC graduate and William & Mary coach Tony Shaver, is now in his second season of professional baseball. The 6-7, 235 pound lefty is a pitcher for the Peoria (Illinois) Chiefs, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate of the Midwest League (A). Shaver was selected by the Cubs from William & Mary in the fourth round of the 2004 draft.
Shaver wears No. 23 and has appeared in and started 18 games for the Chiefs (44-49). He is currently 3-6 with a 4.30 earned run average and has worked 96 innings with 71 strikeouts, 44 walks, 88 hits allowed, and nine homers allowed. He was named to the Midwest League all-star game back in June.
Shaver, 23, missed his scheduled start for Peoria on Saturday after coming down with strep throat, according to the team website.
* According to a report at MLive.com, Rashad McCants' cousin Cameron Maybin, the Detroit Tigers' unsigned first-round draft choice, was on the field at Comerica Park in Detroit before the Major League All-Star Game last week.
It was Maybin's, first visit to Comerica Park. "It's a great ballpark," Maybin said. "The fans in Detroit can expect me back here soon." Maybin, from Asheville, N.C., is still negotiating with the Tigers after being the 10th player selected in the MLB 2005 draft. He remains optimistic that he will sign a pro contract with Detroit. "Oh, definitely," Maybin stated. "I'm still very confident it will get done."
Maybin watched the recent MLB All-Star Game in Detroit from eight rows back, directly behind home plate with Tiger pitching prospect Justin Verlander. "My agent got me the tickets," Verlander said.
Detroit manager Alan Trammell, an all-star game coach, was not so fortunate when he obtained his tickets for friends and family. "I wish I had that much pull," Trammell said. "Our tickets were in the upper deck."
* The USA TODAY noted recently that former American League president Gene Budig played a part in the coaching careers of Roy Williams and Larry Brown. Budig was the chancellor at Kansas for 13 years before going to baseball in 1994. "Budig was instrumental in hiring two of the most successful basketball coaches around – Roy Williams and Larry Brown," wrote the newspaper's baseball writer Hal Bodley.
* And then there's the story about NL Triple Crown contender Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs turning down a scholarship offer from Dean Smith and North Carolina to sign with the San Diego Padres in June of 1993 and start his pro baseball career.
The 6-5 Lee, from Sacramento, Calif., was said to be "a terrific point guard with long arms, quick hands, sharp eyes and great balance" as a high school senior, according to jockbio.com. They also note that North Carolina had agreed to let him play basketball and baseball and Lee was planning to attend. But there was an understanding that he would turn pro if he was picked high in the June 1993 baseball draft. Lee was selected 14th by the Padres and his chance to be a Tar Heel was over.
Lee, 29 and in his ninth season in the majors, currently leads the National League in two of the three Triple Crown categories – Home Runs (28) and Batting Average (.372). He is second in the third category – Runs Batted In (73). Baseball has not had a Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox did it in 1967.