Stepp, Violette End Wolves Summer League Play

July 12, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Former Gonzaga University standouts Blake Stepp and Cory Violette finished the Minnesota Summer League with mixed results with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves went 1-4 in the one-week league, losing Saturday's finale to Toronto 95-86. Stepp, the Timberwolves lone draft pick in the recent NBA Draft with the second-round selection, started his second game of the week, played 9 minutes, went 1-for-2 from the field, 0-for-1 from 3-point range, scored 3 points and didn't record an assist. Violette played 11 minutes off the bench, going 4-for-4 from the field for 8 points and grabbed 1 rebound.

For the week Stepp averaged 5.0 ppg, was 7-for-23 from the field for 30.4 percent, 5-for-15 from 3-point range for 33.3 percent, 1-for-2 from the line, grabbed 5 rebounds for 1.3 rpg, had 13 assists for 3.3/game, had 6 steals and 11 turnovers. He averaged 17.3 minutes/game for his four games. He missed the opener with an ankle injury.

Violette, who will also play for the Atlanta Hawks Summer League Team in the Rocky Mountain Revue beginning Friday in Salt Lake City, Utah, averaged 5.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, went 13-for-25 from the field for 52.0 percent and averaged 11.0 minutes/game as he bids to make an NBA roster as a free agent. He played in all five games off the bench.

Stepp was 7th in steals/game with 1.5 and 10th in assists/game with 3.3. Violette finished tied for 8th in field goal percentage at 52.0 percent.

 

 

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