Morrison, Batista Playing In Summer League

July 11, 2006

Former Gonzaga University standouts J.P. Batista and Adam Morrison have begun play in their respective NBA Summer Leagues, while a third is awaiting his shot at securing an NBA spot.

Batista, who signed a free agent deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, has played in three games in the Las Vegas Summer League. He scored 6 points in each of the three games with Sacramento, Phoenix and Portland. He grabbed a summer-high 6 rebounds in the first game against Sacramento. He's averaging 18.0 minutes/game, is shooting 42.9 percent from the field (6-for-16), 75.0 percent from the free throw line (6-for-8) and is averaging 4.0 rebounds/game. Minnesota is 1-2, the lone win over Phoenix.

Morrison, the No. 3 pick of the Charlotte Bobcats in the recent NBA Draft, made his debut Monday in the Orlando Summer League. He scored 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in an 83-65 win over Miami. He played 27 minutes, went 3-for-14 from the field, 0-for-2 from 3-point range and 6-for-6 from the line.

The Las Vegas and Orlando Summer Leagues conclude play Friday.

Cory Violette, who graduated in 2004 and participated in four straight NCAA Tournaments, will be with the Utah Jazz in the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City that runs from July 14-21. Violette has been playing in Italy.



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