Duke's Amile Jefferson joins Minnesota Timberwolves for NBA Summer League
Tyus Jones was the NBA Summer League's MVP last July for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and they are hoping to find success from another former Blue Devil this year.
Amile Jefferson will continue his quest to make an NBA roster with the Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League, Duke revealed via Twitter Saturday. The announcement comes hours after Matt Jones tweeted he will play in the league for the Houston Rockets.
The two Blue Devil captains will not play against each other before the postseason, and the Timberwolves' first game is July 8 against the Toronto Raptors.
Jefferson holds Duke's school record for games played with 150 during his five years in Durham and was a critical piece in the frontcourt for most of his career. The 6-foot-9 forward played more than 20 minutes per game every season after his freshman year and started more than 100 contests. He averaged 6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a junior and shut down Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky in the 2015 national championship game to spark the Blue Devils' second-half comeback.
The Philadelphia native averaged a double-double in just nine games of the 2015-16 season before a broken foot cut his season short, and he earned a medical redshirt to play a fifth year.
Jefferson started last season with some of the most effective performances of his career before he was slowed by a bone bruise in his right foot in January, but the three-time captain still finished his final year averaging 10.9 points and 8.4 boards per game.