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Thompson invited to two NBA teams

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:49 AM
Shevon Thompson.

Former Vere Technical High School standout Shevon Thompson has been invited to represent the Orlando Magic in one of this summer’s NBA Summer Leagues taking place in Orlando, Florida, from July 1-7.

The seven feet tall Thompson previously went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft though he was one of the nation’s best rebounders when he represented George Mason University. He was, however, drafted by the Erie Bayhawks for the 2016-17 season. The Bayhawks are the Orlando Magic’s Minor League affiliate team in the NBA Developmental league, often called the D-League.

Thompson took the league by storm, putting up several 20 plus points games and double digit rebounds. He was selected as a top-40 player and invited after the season to an NBA combine for the top D league players. The Magic, having had a good look at him all season, loved his progress, work ethic and character, signing him up early for the summer league.

His hard work and faith continued to pay off, as the Los Angeles Clippers came calling and a three-day mini camp invite turned into three weeks, where he is still currently in training with the Clippers in Los Angeles. The Clippers have been impressed enough to invite him to play for them as well in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, July 7-17, where most of the West Coast NBA teams will be represented.

Product of Vere

Both summer leagues will be televised and schedules are available at NBA.com. The Lakers, who had the number two pick, drafted the much-hyped Lonzo Ball, and the Las Vegas summer league should be interesting to watch.

Thompson is a product of Vere Technical High School, playing in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association league. He was also a member of the then Jamaica Basketball Association Elite Academy’s one-year programme and is mentored by former president Ajani Williams.

The NBA summer league is the NBA’s premier summer competition which showcases the new draft picks, young NBA players and free agents, with generally all 30 teams participating going head to head as a snapshot of what to expect during the next season.

The NBA D League, the minor league of the NBA, has now been renamed the G-League with Gatorade coming on as a title sponsor, infusing the league with more cash.