Violette Makes NBA Summer Debut

July 7, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Former Gonzaga University forward Cory Violette made his NBA debut with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Minnesota Summer League on Tuesday, while fellow Bulldog teammate and Minnesota draft pick Blake Stepp watched from the bench.

Violette, trying to make the squad as a free agent, played 11 minutes, scored 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds as the Timberwolves opened the summer league with a 79-67 setback to Philadelphia. Violette went 1-for-6 from the field and 1-for-4 from the free throw line.

Stepp, meanwhile, watched in street clothes as an ankle bone bruise suffered more than a month ago continues to hamper his participation. Stepp was a second-round choice of the Timberwolves in the recent NBA Draft, the only Minnesota draft chouce and the 58th player selected. He was unable to participate in the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp and has been unable to do much with the Timberwolves since the draft because of the nagging ankle injury.

Stepp and Violette are the only two Bulldogs currently on NBA Summer League rosters. Violette will also play with the Atlanta Hawks in the Rocky Mountain Revue that runs July 16-24. The Minnesota Summer League began Tuesday and ends Saturday.

Minnesota has four games remaining, three of them available on NBA TV. The Timberwolves play Charlotte on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PST, Detroit on Thursday at 5 p.m. PST and Milwaukee on Friday at 1 p.m. PST in games to be shown on NBA TV. The Timberwolves end their Summer League schedule Saturday at noon PST against Toronto in a non-televised game.



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