Last summer, former St. Bonaventure men’s basketball teammates became adversaries.
A year ago yesterday, Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams squared off in an NBA Summer League game inside Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena. And though Adams won the statistical battle, collecting five points in 15 minutes to Mobley’s none, it was the latter’s squad that prevailed, with Utah downing Atlanta, 92-87.
This year, there will be no all-Bonnies battle. There will once again, however, be a shared NBA court between Bona brothers.
Adams, entering his second season with the Hawks, and former standout big man Youssou Ndoye will take part in the 2019 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which opened play Friday and runs through July 15. All 30 NBA teams along with the Chinese and Croatian national teams will be represented, with a single-elimination playoff beginning July 13.
THIS MARKS Adams’ second summer with Atlanta.
Last July, the 2018 Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year averaged 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the Salt Lake City Summer League.
After signing a two-way contract with the Hawks, Adams spent the early part of the NBA regular season shuttling between Atlanta and the team’s G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. In 20 games with the Bayhawks, he averaged 15.3 points, leading to a permanent spot with Atlanta after inking a multi-year contract in February.
Adams appeared in 34 NBA games in his rookie campaign, averaging 3.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per contest as the backup to All-Rookie Team point guard Trae Young. He still seems very much in the Hawks’ future plans, serving as the subject of a tweet from the team’s official Twitter account Tuesday with a caption that read, “(Jaylen Adams) has been workin’ workin’,” and an accompanying video of the 6-foot-3 guard going through a range of drills in the Hawks’ practice facility.
NDOYE, playing for the Mavericks, earned another NBA summer opportunity after a couple of strong seasons overseas.
The 7-foot center began his professional career with the Spurs, playing with San Antonio’s Las Vegas Summer League team and even appearing in a couple of preseason games in 2015, before playing the 2015-16 campaign with the then-D-League Austin Spurs, where he averaged eight points and seven rebounds per game.
In 2016-17, his first year overseas, Ndoye averaged 14.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 28 minutes per game while helping Bourg to the France-Pro A league championship. The following year, he notched 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 61.5 percent from the field in 33 games with the same organization.
Last winter, he had a career year professionally, averaging 13.5 points and 8.5 boards, numbers that ranked second and first on his Bourg team, respectively, while shooting 61.7 percent (164-for-266) from the floor and logging 29 minutes per contest.
Every Vegas Summer League game will be aired via the ESPN app while 43 contests will be shown on its linear networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU). Additionally, NBA-TV will air another 40 contests. The complete game schedule, along with recaps, box scores and statistics are available at NBA.com/summer-league.
Adams and Ndoye played one season together with the Bonnies, in 2014-15, helping that team to a record of 18-15 and the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, where Bona, with Adams injured, nearly knocked off second-seeded Dayton. Then a freshman, Adams averaged 10 points and a team-best 4.5 assists before missing the final 10 games of the year with a broken finger. A senior, Ndoye made the All-Conference Third Team alongside teammate Marcus Posley.
Ndoye’s summer season began Friday, though in anticlimactic fashion — his Mavericks picked up a 96-92 victory over the Nets, but the Senegal native, one of 14 players on Dallas’ roster, saw no action.
Ndoye has two Atlantic 10 teammates: Kostas Antetokounmpo, who played one redshirt season at Dayton before being taken by the Mavericks in the second round of the 2018 draft, and former Flyers standout Dyshawn Pierre. Adams is also one of three former A-10 players on his roster, alongside Charlie Brown, a redshirt sophomore at Saint Joe’s last winter, and Jordan Sibert (Dayton).
Following are the summer schedules for the Bona duo:
— Today, vs. Bucks (5 p.m., NBA-TV)
— Sunday, vs. Timberwolves, (5:30 p.m., ESPN2)
— Tuesday, vs. Pacers (5:30 p.m., NBA-TV)
— Thursday, vs. Wizards (6:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Dallas Mavericks (remaining):
— Today, vs. Rockets (9 p.m., NBA-TV)
— Monday, vs. Kings, (3:30 p.m., NBA-TV)
— Wednesday, vs. Team Croatia (3:30 p.m., ESPNU)