Get To Know The NBA G League Alums Participating In AmeriCup Team Training

By Doug Ammon | August 18, 2017

The University of Houston will play host for 17 hopefuls looking to make the United States’ roster that will play in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 later this summer. Of the 17 players who were invited to participate in the training camp 15 have had NBA G League experience.

Take a look at the former NBA G Leaguers who may have the chance to represent the United States this summer.

Reggie Williams, G Oklahoma City Blue

Williams has spent time on numerous G League rosters since going undrafted in 2008. The versatile guard is coming off an impressive 2016-17 campaign with the Oklahoma City Blue where he averaged 18.3 points per game. He also started all 36 of the contests he featured in for the Blue, a testament to his durability on the floor.

Kendall Marshall, G Reno Bighorns

A standout point guard at UNC, Kendall Marshall put his elite passing skills on display last season in Reno. The 26-year-old averaged 15.1 points and team-high 9.0 assists in the 21 games he played in a Bighorns uniform. Marshall flawlessly assumed the role of floor general and will be looked upon to play much of the same style of play at Americup Training.

Jameel Warney, F Texas Legends

The Legends imposing presence was a double-double waiting to happen in his first professional season. The 6’7″ power forward can clean up the glass with the best of them and often kept Legends’ possessions alive with his nose for the ball. Warney played in 44 of the team’s 50 games last season averaging 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

Marshall Plumlee, C Westchester Knicks

Marshall is the youngest of the three Plumlee brothers and just finished his first year of professional basketball. Since going undrafted out of Duke in 2016 Plumlee signed with the New York Knicks but spent some of the year on assignment in Westchester. He averaged 12.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game in his 15 features with the team.

Jonathan Holmes, F Canton Charge

Holmes is an bouncy forward who excelled around the rim in his 30 appearances with the Charge. He also displayed a nice outside touch, knocking down 37% of the treys he attempted on the year.

Darrun Hilliard, F Grand Rapids Drive

Since being drafted 38th overall in 2015 by the Detroit Pistons, Hilliard has played 77 NBA games over the span of his two year professional career. On seven occasions over the past two seasons he’s also played games on assignment with the Pistons NBA G League affiliate the Grand Rapids Drive. In those appearances he’s averaging an impressive 24.4 points per game, truly stuffing the stat sheet.

C.J. Williams, G Texas Legends

Williams has had two stints in the NBA G League, first during the 2013-14 season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders and then in 2016-17 with the Texas Legends. Last season Williams was a stalwart in the Legends rotation as the 27-year-old played all 50 games putting up 12.8 points per game. Whether it was in the starting lineup or coming off the bench, Williams did whatever was asked of him.

Reggie Hearn, G Reno Bighorns

Hearn as been a part of the Bighorn franchise for the better part of the last three seasons but put up the best numbers of his career in 2016-17. He averaged a career-high 13.5 points per game while also nabbing a career-high 5.2 rebounds per game. Hearn was lethal from behind the arc last season as well as he shot an impressive 44.2% from deep.

Larry Drew II, G Sioux Falls Skyforce

Drew II is the definition of a pass first point guard. The 27-year-old averaged 5.9 assists per game last season in Sioux Falls and in 2014-15 with the Skyforce averaged a ridiculous 9.6 dishes per game, the highest amount in the entirety of the NBA G League that season. Everyone is open when Drew II has the ball in his hands.

Ra’Shad James, G Westchester Knicks

If you like your basketball played above the rim Ra’Shad James is your guy. Despite being only 6’1″ James can throw it down with any and all on-comers. In his most recent NBA G League stop with the Westchester Knicks during the 2015-16 season James averaged 16.5 points per game. There is a highlight waiting to happen when he gets his hands on the ball around the rim.

Darius Morris, G Rio Grande Valley Vipers

A big reason why the Rio Grande Valley Vipers made it to the NBA G League title series last year was the play of Darius Morris. Morris featured in 47 games for the Vipers and while his 20 points per game were the third highest mark on the team his 6.4 assists per game led on players on the Vipers roster. Morris ran the show for one of the NBA G League’s most efficient offenses.

Xavier Munford, G Greensboro Swarm

Munford has spent the majority of his three-year professional career in the NBA G League. He spent his first two seasons with the Bakersfield Jam and was named as an All-Star in his is second year. This past season Munford started all 30 games that he played with the Greensboro Swarm. He displayed his ability to run an effective offense as he averaged 18.5 points per game and 5.3 assists.

Alec Brown, C Windy City Bulls

The 7’1″ Brown had his best professional season to date in his second year in the NBA G League, this time with the Windy City Bulls. He averaged a career-best 10.7 points per game while also grabbing 5.8 rebounds and tallying a team-high 1.9 blocks per game. Brown’s sure-footedness around the rim, in combination with his size, makes him a difficult player to game plan for, he also showed a little more fondness for an outside game which would make him even more dangerous going forward.

Will Davis II, F Reno Bighorns

In his inaugural season with the Reno Bighorns Davis looked like a promising forward who already possessed elite athleticism. He averaged 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game in just under 19 minutes of game action, which proved that he can make the most of his minutes on the floor.

Rod Benson, F/C Reno Bighorns

Benson is the elder statesmen of the 15 NBA G League alums that will be participating in the United States’ AmeriCup training camp. He has been in and out of the NBA G League since 2006 with his most recent stop coming in the 2009-10 season with the Reno Bighorns. Benson had his best season to date that year averaging a career-high 14.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

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