A Cowboy basketball reunion was held in Las Vegas as three former players and two coaches participated in the NBA Summer League. Former UW head coach Larry Shyatt coached for the Dallas Mavericks. Former associate head coach Scott Duncan was a member of the Phoenix Suns Staff. Duncan was joined on the Suns by forward Derek Cooke Jr., as forward Larry Nance Jr. played in his second summer league with the Los Angeles Lakers and guard Josh Adams made his professional debut with the Denver Nuggets.
Adams and the Nuggets met up with the Suns in the quarterfinals of the tournament for the only matchup that pitted former UW teammates together. The group reunited one evening for dinner to talk about their time in the Brown and Gold.
“I was so proud of our guys and I thought that everyone played very well,” Shyatt said. “The highlight was when Larry (Nance Jr.) contacted all of us and we went out for dinner with the stories going on and on. It was very special for all of us.”
Nance Jr. had an outstanding week for the Lakers before finishing the Summer League with an injury. He averaged nine points and nearly eight rebounds per contest. He ranked 10th amongst all players in the league in rebounds. He also ranked fourth in steals per game at 2.8 and eighth in blocks per game at 1.8. In his final contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Adams played in four contests during the Summer League averaging 4.4 points per game and 2.2 rebounds to go along with 1.2 assists. He recorded seven points and four rebounds in his Summer League debut against the Memphis Grizzles.
Cooke Jr. played in three games for the Suns. He averaged two points and two rebounds per game helping Phoenix to the semifinals of the tournament. In the quarterfinals against the Nuggets, he recorded six points, while he also grabbed three rebounds in 12 minutes of action.