Rosters have been announced for the upcoming NBA Utah Summer League, and the Wildcats unsurprisingly have some former stars suiting up to participate.
Both Trey Lyles and James Young will be playing in this league, a league that has four teams and six games, which will be played in a round-robin format.
Lyles and Young are both still with the teams that drafted them out of Kentucky, as Lyles will suit up for the Utah Jazz and Young will play for the Boston Celtics. Both have had NBA experience, and Young even recorded some postseason experience last season.
Lyles had a pretty successful rookie season, playing 80 games, shooting 44%, and averaging 6.1 points per-game last year. For Lyles, this won't be about proving he belongs on the roster because he's shown that, but it will be a chance to show Utah that he can handle an expanded role at the NBA level.
As for Young, he's played for the Celtics in both his professional seasons, but hasn't spent much time on the floor. He's averaged 8.9 minutes and 2.2 points per-game over the course of his two-year career, and he only got a few minutes per-game in the 2016 playoffs, so in this Summer League, he'll be looking to show the Celtics he can handle more time on the floor.
His D-League career has helped us see those flashes of a star potential on display his lone year in Lexington. In 31 career games in Maine, Young is shooting 40.6% from three on 254 attempts and 44% from the field while averaging 18.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 steals.
Young and Lyles will square off against each other on Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 PM ET. The game will be on NBA TV, so Wildcat fans can cheer on their former players from home. If you don't have NBA TV or don't get a chance to catch the games live, you can keep up with all the Utah Summer League action here.
There will be another Summer League following this one, the Las Vegas Summer League, which will take place from July 8-18. The rosters will be announced at a later date, so we could very well see even more Wildcats appearing on the summer circuit this month.
SALT LAKE CITY SCHEDULE
Monday, July 4
Tuesday, July 5
Game 1: 76ers vs. Spurs, 5 p.m.
Game 2. Celtics vs. Jazz, 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 7
Game 1: Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m.
Game 2: 76ers vs. Jazz, 9 p.m.