Canton Charge Alumni Update - July 17, 2014
The championship round of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 is underway in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While our very own Cavaliers earned the three seed by winning all three of their preliminary games, some Charge alums are out in the desert trying to help their teams win to continue playing on and get even more looks from the NBA scouts and front office personnel in attendance.
One guy who has moved to the forefront of Summer League play, partially because heís impossible not to notice, is big man Kyrylo Fesenko. Affectionately known as Fez, the Ukrainian veteran has used the quality, not quantity, approach when it comes to minutes played in the desert.
While his overall averages of 9.5 points, 5.5 boards and 0.8 blocks in 16.0 minutes are solid, Fez has made an impact for the Timberwolves with efficiency in his presence in the middle. These characteristics have led him to start Minnesotaís last two games. In a loss just before the knockout roundís start, Fez played 15 minutes and hit all five attempts from the field to net 13 points and grab seven rebounds.
In the T-Wolves first elimination game, Fez was the man in the middle again from the start, hitting 7-of-9 attempts for 17 points with eight rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes. Guys like Fez donít need a ton of floor time to make an impression though. Scouts are looking for those guys to fill the latter parts of the roster who can contribute in small bursts while higher rotation guys rest. Surely a 7-1 center who plays minutes with high efficiency is something desired by NBA clubs.
As noted in our Q&A and by NBA stars like Damian Lillard, Will Cherry has stood out on a Cavaliers squad ripe with young talent and recent high draft picks. Splitting minutes with Delly as the Cavsí quarterback, Willís familiarity with the system and his sharp combination of a basketball mind and gridiron athleticism have all been contributing factors to The Association taking notice of the former Montana product.
Charge fans know well how Cherryís midseason acquisition led to being thrust into filling the shoes of Canton legend Jorge Gutierrez after his call-up. He has posted averages of 11.3 points, four rebounds and two assists in 21.3 minutes for the Wine & Gold thus far. The breakout moment was an all-over performance of 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting (3-5 from three-point range) with seven boards and four dimes in just 23 minutes in a victory over San Antonio.
These two have been tremendous in representing what the Charge worked at throughout the 2013-14 season under Coach Hetzel and his staff. All year long in the D-League, our boys took steps to develop their games in the event that an NBA opportunity would arise and a moment would need to be seized. Seems like our boys are doing just that.
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