Former Hokies have been busy at the Summer League in Las Vegas with Nickeil Alexander-Walker making his Summer League debut for the New Orleans Pelicans, and Ahmed Hill and Justin Robinson facing off for the first time.
Here's a recap of how the three Hokies did yesterday in Vegas.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker Shines in His Debut
After having to wait for a couple days for trades to become official, Nickeil Alexander-Walker made his debut last night for the New Orleans Pelicans and put on a show in Vegas.
Alexander-Walker was impressive in his Summer League debut with 23 points, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks while shooting 9-16 from the field including 2-3 from three-point range in 28 minutes. Alexander-Walker also had an involvement in his fair share of highlight reel plays including Jaxson Hayes' massive dunk.
To say Nickeil Alexander-Walker put on a show would be an understatement with plenty of exciting buckets and assists, looking at times like he was Justin Robinson. While Alexander-Walker's ability to score at multiple levels was well-known, his passing has clearly continued to improve likely benefitting in part from some of the struggles he had when taking over at first for Robinson as the primary offensive initiator.
Alexander-Walker will get a chance to build on his impressive debut tomorrow night when the Pelicans take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30pm on ESPN2.
Justin Robinson and Ahmed Hill Face Off
For the first time in this year's Summer League, a pair of Hokies faced off on the floor as Justin Robinson and the Washington Wizards took on Ahmed Hill and the Brooklyn Nets with Hill's Nets coming out on top.
Ahmed Hill has his best scoring output so far in Summer League action with 9 points along with 2 rebounds and a block while shooting 3-6 from the field including 2-3 from three-point range. Justin Robinson had a little bit quieter of a game with 6 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds with a 1-6 shooting struggle slowing him down.
Robinson has some roster security given the contract that he reportedly receive while having 4 assists without a single turnover in 22 minutes is a major positive for him. Hill's improved play should be helping his odds of at least making the Nets' training camp roster with a chance to earn a roster spot in training camp.
Justin Robinson and the Wizards return to action tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers at 11:30pm on ESPN3 while Ahmed Hill and the Nets will return to action tomorrow night against the Orlando Magic at 5:30pm on ESPNU.
Photo Credit: Bobby Murray
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