Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Four Hoyas Face Uncertain Professional Futures
It wasn't a casual Saturday as far as four former Hoyas were concerned, as Henry Sims, Hollis Thompson, Chris Wright and DaJuan Summers were each waived as the NBA rosters were finalized ahead of this week's regular season opener.
The Thunder waiving Thompson came as a bit of a surprise as he inked a 3-year deal ahead of training camp with the team. However, it soon became clear that he wasn't going to be able to crack the team's rotation, and throughout the preseason he appeared in three games and averaged 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 9.7 minutes.
The prevailing thought when Sims signed with the Knicks was that he wouldn't make the team, though injuries to virtually all of the Knicks' big men gave him a glimmer of hope. With Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby all doubtful for opening night, it seemed as if Sims had a chance to stick with the team at least for the season's first few weeks. However, the brilliant Knick brass decided to cut ties with Sims, who started one of the preseason games and flashed signs that he could be a serviceable backup in the League, and roll with Rasheed Wallace instead. I'm sure that will work out well. Sims will likely next play for the Knick's D-League team, the Erie City Bayhawks, who own his rights.
The Hornets gave Chris Wright a chance to play with the team in training camp but it wasn't realistic that he would make the opening night roster even with the Hornets' relative lack of depth at the point guard position. Wright appeared in two preseason games but didn't score in either of them, though undoubtedly he gained invaluable experience going through an NBA training camp that will help him going forward.
DaJuan Summers was waived by the Bobcats, and at this point the former second round pick might be done as far as the NBA is concerned. After stints with the Pistons and Hornets, Summers was unable to make the final roster of the NBA's worst team coming out of training camp.
The three John Thompson III era players currently playing in the NBA are Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Greg Monroe (Pistons) and Jeff Green (Celtics). Hoyas currently playing overseas include Austin Freeman (Israel), Jason Clark (Belgium), Julian Vaughn (Belgium), Jonathan Wallace (Germany) and Patrick Ewing, Jr. (Germany).