It took a few days but it looks like Derrick Marks is going to get a chance to continue pursuing his NBA dream.
According to Boise State Men’s Basketball Twitter feed, Marks will be receiving that chance with the Philadelphia 76ers:
Derrick Marks will play with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Summer League. pic.twitter.com/m0Jv4lpb88
— Boise State Men's BB (@BroncoSportsMBB) June 29, 2015
Philadelphia finished the 2014 season with a record of 18-64 and drafted Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor with the third pick in this year’s draft.
The 76ers now have a plethora of big men and very limited experience in their back court. They traded away point guard Michael Carter-Williams in the middle of last season and often had no true point guard over the season’s last few months. [JasonAD]
Marks attended pre-draft workouts for ten teams but the 76ers were not one of them. The Mountain West Conference 2014 Player of the Year, Marks averaged 19.4 points per game on 49% shooting as a senior. He also added 3.0 assists per game.
Though this roster hasn’t been updated as of this writing, Marks it seems will be playing in the Utah Jazz Summer League, taking place July 6th thru 9th in Salt Lake City. Former Nevada Wolf Pack star Deonte Burton, in his second year in the league, is among the other guards competing with Marks for an invite to training camp.
With Marks ability and the 76ers lack of depth at guard, this summer league invite will be the perfect opportunity for him to showcase his talents. It will also provide Marks a chance to play in full court games, hopefully showing teams that his knee is healthy.
What do you think, Bronco Nation? Does Derrick Marks do enough in summer league to earn an invite to the 76ers training camp? Or is he destined for the ‘D’ League or overseas basketball?