While the UConn Huskies men’s basketball program had just one former player take part in the NBA’s Orlando Summer League, four past members of the team played in the Las Vegas Summer League from July 7 to July 17.
The “veteran” of the group, DeAndre Daniels, played for the runner-up Portland Trail Blazers. Two seniors from this past year’s team, Amida Brimah and Rodney Purvis, were on the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, respectively. One time Husky Sam Cassell Jr. played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Daniels, who had his rights renounced by the Toronto Raptors in June, spent last season with Dinamica Mantova of the Italian Serie A2 Basket League. He was picked up by the Trail Blazers for the Vegas Summer League and saw action in six games, totaling 39 minutes and scoring just three points while pulling down eight rebounds.
Brimah played in four games for the Bulls and scored a total of eight points with four rebounds and five blocked shots.
Purvis only saw time in two games for the Jazz and scored just one point with one assist in 14 minutes.
Cassell Jr., who transferred to Iona from UConn as a graduate transfer, had probably the best stats of the Vegas Summer League of the former Huskies. He averaged 6.6 points in five games for the Cavaliers.
Time will tell if any of these Huskies will join their brethren in the NBA or even the G League. If not, expect Brimah, Purvis and Cassell Jr. to head to Europe along with Daniels to continue their professional careers.