Wizards’ NBA Summer League team will be without 2012 draft picks


(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Wizards’ summer league roster has some noticeable absences in Bradley Beal and Tomas Satoransky, but the team is filled with enough familiar and notable names to provide some intrigue when it takes the court on July 13 against the Golden State Warriors.

Although the team’s two selections from the 2012 NBA draft won’t participate, the Wizards will be led by the four picks from surrounding drafts.

Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr., the third overall pick and 35th overall pick, respectively, of the past draft will make their NBA debuts. Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton, the Wizards’ struggling first-round picks from 2011, will be back for the second straight year after disappointing sophomore campaigns.

The rest of the team will be filled out by Josh Boone, a Mount Airy native and former Connecticut standout; veteran point guard Sundiata Gaines; Wizards forward Trevor Booker’s little brother, Devin (Clemson); forward Frank Hassell (Old Dominion); guard Kevin Dillard (Dayton); guard Marquez Haynes (Texas-Arlington/Art Dragons, Germany); forward Dennis Horner (North Carolina State/Springfield Armor); guard Ryan Thompson (Rider/Aalstar of Belgium); and guard Zack Wright (Central Missouri/Spartak of St. Petersburg, Russia).

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld hinted last week that Beal and Satoransky wouldn’t be available for summer league. Beal has been sidelined since April with a stress injury in his right leg and hasn’t been cleared in time to participate in full basketball activities. Satoransky’s contract situation with his team in Spain remains unsettled.

The team will begin a four-day mini-camp on Monday at Verizon Center before leaving for Las Vegas, where it is scheduled to play three games before entering a single-elimination tournament that ends July 22. Sam Cassell and Don Newman will coach the Wizards’ summer league team.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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