Graduating seniors Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston had worked out with a laundry list of NBA teams, just hoping they would each hear their names called on June 25th's NBA Draft. Only Hilliard was drafted on that night, meaning Pinkston would need a Summer League invite to keep his dream alive.
The next day, JayVaughn tweeted the following, hinting that the Brooklyn Nets had extended an invite to the former Wildcat.
Brooklyn Nets #MyMotherAlwaysToldMeNothingInLifeIsGivenToYou— Jay Pink#22 (@Novas_Finest22) June 26, 2015
Both draft hopefuls had worked out with the Nets earlier this month. Combine that with the fact that JVP was born in Brooklyn, it would be a perfect fit.
Jay Wright does not stand for such misconception, clearing up the confusion last night.
Proud of @Novas_Finest22 - Invited to Participate in the NBA Summer League with the @BrooklynNets #HardWork— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) June 29, 2015
The Nets are coming off a 38-44 season, and sadly enough it earned them an 8th seed in the playoffs thanks to a tiebreaker with the Indiana Pacers and a very bad Eastern Conference. They got bounced in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks in a series that went six games.
The Nets may very well need to keep Pinkston on their roster.
Bondy: Brook Lopez has opted out of his contract http://t.co/19MdunrtDt pic.twitter.com/rEhgcDjvr9— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) June 26, 2015
Their are reports saying Lopez will re-sign, however as of now he is a free agent and they need to fill that center spot. The only other center on the roster is Jerome Jordan who saw very limited playing time this season. The Nets used their first round pick on Syracuse forward Chris McCullough, who was injured for a lot of his freshman season and is still recovering from a torn ACL.
Other notables on the Nets Summer League roster include Cliff Alexander of the Kansas Jayhawks, who was a top recruit out of high school, and Ryan Boatwright of the Connecticut Huskies.