The Rockets will have several recognizable names to college basketball fans on their Summer League roster this year.
The offseason Houston Rockets is about to get much more hectic. After a rather slow start, some things are starting to progress with more stuff about how the team will look next year, including the draft and news on Chris Paul.
A part of the hectic offseason is coming up soon in early July. The Summer League will begin and there will be several recognizable faces playing with the squad, not including the regulars.
Before we get into the new guys, we’ll look at a couple of the players that were on the team last year and will play this time, too. Zhou Qi is the main name to watch, along with Isaiah Hartenstein and Chinanu Onuaku. Their development will be fun to watch as they try to make the roster. R.J. Hunter and Markel Brown are two guards who were up and down in the G League last year but will be playing Summer League for Houston for the first time.
Now, onto some of the new faces:
The first new face is a very popular one. Rob Gray, formerly of the University of Houston, will join the team. The guard will look to make the team after an electric senior season and going undrafted, unfortunately. His ability to make big-time shots will be interesting to see at the professional level.
Another big name is the former five-star recruit, Trevon Duval out of Duke. While he didn’t have the ideal freshman year for the Blue Devils, he still showed flashes of greatness and areas where he can improve. His athleticism, if nothing else, will give him a shot in the pros.
Gary Clark signed a two-way contract with the team right after the draft. It hasn’t been confirmed that he will play for the Summer League squad, but he definitely should in order to prove his skills. He was a dominant forward from Cincinnati who probably should’ve been drafted in the second round, at least. He’ll get a chance to show the doubters that he means business.
Here is the tentative Summer League roster, as tweeted out by Jonathan Feigen:
Rockets summer league team, per source, will include Trevon Duval, Rob Gray, Markel Brown, Deng Adel and R.J. Hunter, plus their own guys, Zhou Qi, Chinanu Onuaku, Vncent Edwards and De'Anthony Melton. Hartenstein likely.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) June 22, 2018
Be sure to watch starting on July 6 as these guys go out there and try to prove themselves! It will be tons of fun!