Stepp Makes Timberwolves Debut

July 8, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Former Gonzaga University guard Blake Stepp made his Minnesota Summer League debut with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, playing 25 minutes in the Wolves' 81-76 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Stepp, who has been hampered with a bruised ankle bone the past month, came off the bench to score 5 points. He went 2-for-11 from the field, including 1-for-8 from 3-point range. He had 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 3 turnovers.

Former Bulldog Cory Violette, trying to make the team as a free agent, played 5 minutes for the Timberwolves, going 2-for-2 from the field for 4 points and had 3 rebounds.

Stepp was a second-round draft pick of Minnesota in the recent NBA draft, the only draft choice the club had in the 2004 NBA Draft.

Minnesota will meet Detroit on Thursday at 5 p.m. PST in a game to be televised on NBA TV.



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