Monday night was the start of the NBA Summer League in Salt Lake City, which meant three players with Maryland ties got their first chance to make a case for a roster spot.
Thankfully, Jaylen Adams and Junior Robinson are playing with the Atlanta Hawks, who finished the 2017-18 season last in the Eastern Conference and tied for the fourth-worst record in the league at 24-58. They could use some help, even after drafting Maryland sharpshooter Kevin Huerter 19th overall.
Adams, the former Mount Saint Joseph and St. Bonaventure standout who recently signed a two-way contract with Atlanta, scored 11 points in his debut, hitting a couple of spot-up 3-pointers and showing some early chemistry with No. 3 overall pick Trae Young. He also had three steals, two rebounds and an assist.
Robinson received the most attention for his pregame routine, as the 5-foot-5 guard — the shortest in Division I when he was at Mount St. Mary’s — showed off an incredible vertical leap, which has been measured at close to 40 inches. He played just three minutes, missing his only 3-point attempt and dishing out an assist.
Robinson’s already competed in the 2018 State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship at the Final Four in San Antonio. Perhaps he’s ready to spice up the NBA’s dunk contest.
Meanwhile, Jairus Lyles, one of the stars of UMBC’s historic Cinderella team that upset No. 1 overall seed Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament, also got his first minutes of professional basketball, playing for the Utah Jazz. Lyles played 17 minutes off the bench, scoring six points on 2-for-8 shooting (1-for-3 from 3-point range) with four rebounds and two assists.
Of course, they spelled his name wrong, but that can be forgiven (although the now-famous @UMBCAthletics account didn’t let it slide).
In the end, the state of Maryland didn’t just show up on the court. It also crept its way into the live stats tracker.