10 with ties to Utah set for NBA Summer League play (10 items)

By , Deseret News

July 10, 2014

Ten basketball players with ties to the state of Utah are participating in this year's NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas and Orlando.

They include an ex-Jazzman, eight former in-state college stars and a center from Utah County.

The Utah Jazz will be sending their own team to Vegas, with rookies Dante Exum and Rodney Hood and second-year point guard Trey Burke highlighting the group.

A pair of players with Utah ties, Justin Hamilton and Michael Stockton, played in the Orlando Summer League, which wraps up Thursday. Hamilton and eight others will take part in Las Vegas Summer League play, which runs from Friday through July 21.

Here's a look at the 10, two of whom will be playing for the Jazz, who provide viewers from the Beehive State other reasons to tune in.

1 of 10. Davion Berry

Summer League team: Portland Trail Blazers

Utah tie: Played at Weber State

The rookie Berry will be trying to make an impression with Portland where another former Wildcat, Damian Lilliard, is a star point guard. Berry spent two seasons at Weber State, earning All-Big Sky Conference first-team honors both years.

The 2013-14 Big Sky MVP averaged 19.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a senior. He scored 24 points in the Wildcats' NCAA tournament loss to Arizona and led the West team with 15 points and four assists in the Reese's College All-Star Game in April.

2 of 10. Carlon Brown

Summer League team: Denver Nuggets

Utah tie: Played at Utah

Brown has been several places since playing for the Utes from 2007-10. He transferred to Colorado for his final college season, then signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors in September 2012. After being waived by the Warriors, Brown played for a pair of teams, Santa Cruz and Idaho, in the NBA Development League in 2012-13.

He went international last season, signing with Italian team Hapoel Tel Aviv in August 2013, according to Sportnado. His 19.6 points-per-game average led the Israeli League as he shot 51.6 percent from the field.

3 of 10. Will Clyburn

Summer League team: L.A. Clippers

Utah tie: Played at Utah

Clyburn, a junior college transfer, spent one season with the Utes in 2010-11. He transferred to Iowa State for his final college year in 2012-13, where he earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors and was named to the all-Big 12 second team while averaging 14.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

After going undrafted in the NBA last year, Clyburn played for German club Ratiopharm ULM in 2013-14.

4 of 10. Nick Covington

Summer League team: Utah Jazz

Utah tie: Played at Weber State

Covington spent one season with Weber State in 2005-06, when he averaged 6.4 points, 2.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. The past three years, he has bounced around the NBA D-League, playing most recently for the Erie Bayhawks.

Covington, who signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Jazz heading into training camp last season, had his best year in the D-League in 2012-13. That year, he played 47 games for Erie and averaged 9.4 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

5 of 10. Brandon Davies

Summer League team: Philadelphia 76ers

Utah tie: Played at BYU, Provo High

Davies played in 51 games for the Philadelphia 76ers last year as a rookie after going undrafted. This followed a four-year career at BYU where the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as a Cougar and was twice named first team all-West Coast Conference.

He joined the L.A. Clippers for Summer League play last season and later signed with the team, but he was waived by the Clippers in October 2013. Davies then signed with the 76ers and averaged 2.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 steals per game in 2013-14. He missed part of the season with a fractured right finger.

1. Alpiner
Alpine, UT,
July 11, 2014

Having lived most of my life outside of Utah I am constantly amused by the apparent need here for validation and relevancy from the rest of the world. Is this media driven or a real need from the residents of Utah? Is it because they are worried that the rest of the world sees Utahns as weird or too LDS? Several of these "Utah Representatives" merely passed through the state and I'm sure they have no concept of representing "us" in the NBA.

This state has a lot to offer. I'd suggest we just be proud or who we are and what we have here.

2. SLCguy
Murray, UT,
July 12, 2014

I, for one, always enjoy 'tracking' the movements of kids that once played here (and by "here" I mean ANYWHERE within the sound of a Utah Sports radio station or Newspaper coverage area.

It doesn't "validate" me in any way; nor do I need it to ....... Nut it's always interesting in much the same way as the "where are they now" segments do