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Eyeing An NBA Call-Up: Top-Performing NBA G League Prospects at Showcase 2018

By Drew Zlogar | January 17, 2018

Every NBA season, there are players that rise to the top from all different levels. The NBA G League is home to players who are trying to groom their talents to hopefully get an NBA opportunity down the road. Some players play the NBA G League season signed to a parent team, while others are playing each game essentially as free agents. Each week we will take a look at some of these notable unsigned prospects, that are making headlines around the league.

Over the past week, each NBA G League team traveled to Mississauga, Ont., to compete at NBA G League Showcase 2018 in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams. Here are some of the top performing prospects from the event.

Joel Bolomboy – Wisconsin Herd

The 6-foot-9 versatile forward had an absolutely dominant 2018 NBA G League Showcase this past week with the Wisconsin Herd.  In the first of two games on the week, the former Weber State standout notched his best game of the week against the Texas Legends. He scored 24 points (9-for-14 from the field), and grabbed 18 rebounds (10 offensive). In the finale for his Wisconsin Herd, Bolomboy racked up 27 points (10-for-12 from the field), and tacked on eight rebounds as well in a come-from-behind victory against the Austin Spurs. His weekend performance at the event, where he comped averages of 25.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, earned him First Team All-Showcase honors.

Trahson Burrell – Memphis Hustle

Burrell has found a valuable niche with the the Memphis Grizzlies affiliate team over the past month or so, and continued his solid play this past week at NBA G League Showcase. At 6-foot-7, Burrell is a lengthy guard that can defend multiple positions and find ways to be effective on the offensive end as well. His talents were on full display last week. In the first game, Burrell produced 12 points (5-for-11), six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block against the Lakeland Magic. Burrell’s signature performance of Showcase came in the final matchup of the week for Memphis, a 124-119 win against Maine Red Claws. He filled the stat sheet with a triple-double (15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists), becoming¬† the fourth player of this year’s event to record a triple-double.

Walter Lemon Jr. – Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Lemon has been one of the studs throughout the 2018 NBA G League season, and impressed once again last week at the Showcase. In Fort Wayne’s two games, he averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 assists and 3.o assists per game. In the first game, a last-second loss to Oklahoma City, Lemon tacked on 14 points (5-for-15), but also chipped in seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals. In the second game, he tossed in 18 points (9-for-18), dished out seven assists and notched two steals. Lemon is a workhorse, that provides in many different ways for his team. He can defend, score and get his teammates involved, and it all was on full display over the weekend.

Mike Young– Northern Arizona Suns

Young had a coming-out party of some sorts over the weekend at the Showcase. The 6-foot-9 forward came into the highly anticipated event with 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, but stepped it up a level, averaging 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. In the first game, a 102-96 win over Erie, Young put up 12 points, 11 rebounds and blocked five shots. He finished his weekend with a 20 point, 11 rebound, two assist performance in a 119-94 victory over Canton. His solid contributions in both of the games earned Young Second Team All-Showcase honors.

Anthony Bennett – Maine Red Claws

The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft recently joined the Maine Red Claws, and Bennett had himself a very productive weekend at NBA G League Showcase. In the first game for Maine, a 118-113 loss to Reno, Bennett tossed in 22 points (7-for-12) and grabbed 11 rebounds. In the second and final game for his squad, against the Memphis Hustle, Bennett produced 20 points (8-for-12), 10 rebounds and three steals. It was a good sign to see such a productive weekend from Bennett, who is trying to re-prove himself as a player who warrants a return trip to the NBA down the road.

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