July 6, 2015
Former Boise State men's basketball guard Derrick Marks expects to play with the Philadelphia 76ers at the Las Vegas Summer League July 10-20. Marks signed with the team after going undrafted in the June 25 NBA Draft.
Marks is currently in Philadelphia for minicamp, preparing for the summer league. He arrived June 30, ahead of the first practice sessions. Minicamp consists of two practices a day and two strength and conditioning workouts per day.
Marks was initially slated to play with the 76ers at the Utah Jazz Summer League in Salt Lake City, which began Monday. He was removed from the roster Sunday, and Monday was officially added to the team's roster for the second minicamp session. Marks has not been added to the online version of Philadelphia's official Las Vegas Summer League roster, but he said he will be playing in the event.
The former Bronco has also agreed in principle to a contract with Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona of the Italian Serie A2 Silver. The deal reportedly gives Marks the ability to opt out should he earn a spot on an NBA roster.
Below is Philadelphia's schedule at the Las Vegas Summer League. Tickets are on sale now through UNLVTickets.com, starting at $15 per day for up to eight games. Every game can be watched live or on demand online at NBA.com with a subscription.
Saturday, July 11 vs Los Angeles 5:30 pm PT, Thomas & Mack Center
Sunday, July 12 vs Boston 7:30 pm PT, Thomas & Mack Center
Tuesday, July 14 vs New York 2:30 pm PT, Thomas & Mack Center
The Las Vegas Summer League also features a tournament during the final six days of competition. The seeds and bracket will be announced following the July 14 games.
Marks is the first former Bronco to appear on the NBA Summer League circuit since 2013 when Coby Karl played in his sixth and final summer league. Karl suited up for the Blue and Orange from 2003 to 2007. Reggie Larry wrapped up his Bronco career in 2008, and earned a spot on Golden State's summer league roster months later.
Derrick Marks Comments
On how his game is translating to the professional level...
"The Sixers like my ability to shoot the ball and make plays. I'm just trying to do that at the NBA pace. With the shorter shot clock, more possessions and a quicker speed to the game, it's a different pace, but I'm starting to get used to it."
On what position he has been playing in practice...
"I've been playing a lot off the ball in practice, but they're also putting me on the ball a little bit. I think they see me as a combo guard who can just make things happen."
On the biggest adjustment to the NBA...
"It's like playing against a bunch of James Webbs and Chandler Hutchisons. Playing with those guys for a whole year every day in practice helped me be ready for some of those adjustments I have to make to the NBA game."
On his outlook for the upcoming season...
"I'm not looking too far ahead. I'm just focused on doing what I need to do to earn a roster spot. Right now, that's playing hard in minicamp and summer league. I know that if I keep doing what I'm doing, then I'll put myself in a position to be where I want to be."
On the experience so far...
"This experience has been everything I hoped it would be and more. It's definitely a grind though. I knew I would be working out for a lot of teams and getting to play a lot, but you don't think about some of the details. You don't always think about how the different teams can be in opposite time zones and when your flight lands at 1 or 2 a.m. with a 6 a.m. wakeup call the kind of toll that can take on your body. I've enjoyed every minute of it though."
Nick Duncan, Australia Split First Two Games at World University Games
GWANGJU, South Korea- Boise State rising junior Nick Duncan averaged 24.5 minutes per game off the bench to help Australia split its first two contests at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
The team- known as the Uniroos or the Emerging Boomers- rolled to a 93-47 victory against Chinese Taipei Saturday, in the opener. The second game saw Australia suffer a 71-45 loss Sunday, at the hands of France.
Duncan scored six points on 2-for-3 shooting from three-point range against Chinese Taipei. He also pulled down seven rebounds and tallied a steal. He failed to score against France, but grabbed three rebounds. Australia shot 29 percent as a team in the loss.
The Uniroos return to the floor Monday at 9 p.m. MT (Tuesday at noon in Gwangju), against Japan. Australia will face Finland and Lithuania Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, to wrap up pool play. The top two teams in each of the four pools qualify for the quarterfinals.
France leads the pool at 2-0, while Australia is one of four teams with a 1-1 record. Chinese Taipei is at the bottom of the fixture at 0-2.