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Isaiah Wilkins to join the Houston Rockets summer league team

Plus, London Perrantes back in NBA summer action and Jack Salt’s a member of the Tall Blacks!

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Although Isaiah Wilkins didn’t hear his name called at the 2018 NBA Draft, the former Wahoo big man will have a chance to suit up for some action in the summer league. Per Yahoo! Sports’ Jordan Schultz, Wilkins will be joining the Houston Rockets in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas.

The schedule includes three preliminary games, with all teams guaranteed at least five games. Preliminary games run July 6-9 and — for the second straight season — all of the games will be streamed on ESPN3 or broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, or NBATV.

Houston’s summer league roster will include Zhou Qi, Isaiah Hartenstein and Chinanu Onuaku, all of whom played with the Rockets last season, along with G-League players R.J. Hunter and Markel Brown. Draftees De’Anthony Melton (USC) and Vincent Edwards (Purdue) will play, as will un-drafted free agent Gary Clark (Cincinnati) who signed a two-way contract for the upcoming season. The last few spots will be filled by Rob Gray (Houston), and fellow ACC foes Trevon Duval (Duke) and Deng Adel (Louisville).

Wilkins was the 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring Virginia’s No. 1 defense and leading the Hoos to a 17-1 record in the ACC and the regular season and ACC tournament title. He averaged six points and 6.2 rebounds per game, led the team in blocks (49), and was second on the team in steals (40).

Perrantes to San Antonio

Wilkins won’t be the only Hoo seeing action this summer with former teammate London Perrantes joining the San Antonio Spurs for both the Utah Jazz Summer League and the Vegas Summer League.

Perrantes had a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, seeing action in 14 games. He averaged .5 points, .4 assists, and .3 rebounds per game in his time in the NBA, but was outstanding in the G-League with the Canton Charge.

In 35 games — all of which he started — Perrantes averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He shot 38% from the field, but just 30% from three. Perrantes had ten double-doubles on the season and scored at least 20 points six times, including his season-high 29 points against the Rio Grande Vipers.

The Summer League isn’t the only basketball he’s undertaking this summer as Perrantes is hosting his first Youth Skills Basketball Camp on July 21st in Studio City, California.

Jack Salt is a Tall Black

Virginia’s returning Kiwi big man hasn’t yet made it back to Charlottesville as Jack Salt was one of 14 players selected to play with the Tall Blacks, New Zealand’s national team. Salt is one of two U.S. college players on the team, along with Dartmouth’s Isaac Letoa.

From the official release:

22-year-old Jack Salt makes his much-anticipated return to the team, five years since his debut as a lighter and much less experienced teenager. The University of Virginia captain brings a genuine physical presence to the paint, having bulked up his 6’10” frame under the watchful eye of coach Tony Bennett.

Salt will join the squad for their upcoming FIBA World Cup Qualifying games against Hong Kong (June 28) and China (July 1). The second round of qualifiers take place in September.

Last season, Salt averaged 3.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best (when minutes played are taken into account) 64.2% from the field.