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10 Former JUCO Players who had Strong Showings at the NBA Summer League

By Staff, 08/20/21, 6:15PM EDT


The 2021 NBA Summer League is now complete after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19. There were plenty of former JUCO transfers who played in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV this year, and we have listed 10 of the top performers below. Some of these players are currently on NBA contracts, while others have used the Summer League as an opportunity to hopefully secure a roster spot, a two-way contract, Exhibit 10, etc. 

Chris Duarte (Pictured/Photo Credit: Getty Images), who was the 13th pick in the 2021 NBA draft, had an excellent showing and averaged 18.5 ppg, 4 rpg, and 3.5 apg. The 2019 NJCAA National Player of the Year, and #1 ranked player in the 2019 JucoRecruiting Top 100 Rankings, was one of the top overall performers in the Summer League. The former NW Florida State/Univ. of Oregon guard showed why he has the potential to be an immediate impact player for the Pacers during the 21-22 NBA season. 

Below you will see 10 former JUCO players who performed well at the 2021 NBA Summer League in Vegas.

Player JUCO Four Year NBA SL Team SL Stats
Chris Duarte NW Florida St. Oregon Indiana Pacers 18 PPG, 4 RPG, 3.5 APG
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell Eastern Oklahoma Illinois State Atlanta Hawks 13 PPG, 6 RPG, 2 APG
Trevelin Queen New Mexico Military New Mexico St LA Lakers 13 PPG, 3 RPG, 2 SPG
Jay Scrubb John A. Logan Drafted from JC LA Clippers 12 PPG, 6 RPG, 2 APG
Alize Johnson Frank Phillips Missouri State Brooklyn Nets 11 PPG, 11 RPG
Gary Payton II Salt Lake CC Oregon State Golden State 11 PPG, 7 RPG, 4 APG
Daquan Jeffries Western Texas Tulsa Sac. Kings 11 PPG, 4 RPG
Shaq Buchanan NE Mississippi JC Murray State Memphis 10 PPG
Hassani Gravett Pensacola State South Carolina Orlando 8 PPG, 3 APG
Jemerrio Jones Hill College New Mexico St Milwaukee 4 PPG, 8 RPG, 4 APG

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