Seven former Wildcats make up NBA G League Bubble rosters

Seven former Wildcats make up NBA G League Bubble rosters

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Seven former Kentucky players will have a unique opportunity to win a G League championship down in Orlando in the coming weeks.

Like the NBA last summer, the G League is bringing 18 total teams – 17 official NBA G League teams and the new G League Ignite team – to Orlando to form a sealed bubble and play a complete regular season. The league will feature 15 regular season games from Feb. 10 through March 6, with an eight-team, single-elimination playoff set to begin March 8 and conclude with a championship game on March 11.

Among the participants? Seven players from recent Kentucky rosters spread across four teams.

Greensboro Swarm

  • Nick Richards (2017-20)
  • Kahlil Whitney (2019-20)

Iowa Wolves

  • Ashton Hagans (2018-20)

Long Island Nets

  • Nate Sestina (2019-20)

Canton Charge

  • Charles Matthews (2015-16)

Westchester Knicks

  • Skal Labissiere (2015-16)
  • James Young (2013-14)

The league will also feature the brand new NBA G League Ignite team, which signed four 5-star recruits and one 4-star prospect in the class of 2020 to contracts, all of which receiving prior offers and/or interest from John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball program.

Due to the unique circumstances, the G League Ignite team will be able to compete for a league championship, a change from the original plans the league had for the young roster — using the year to train and play exhibition games to develop leading up to the 2021 NBA Draft.

The key standouts with prior Kentucky ties:

NBA G League Ignite Roster

  • Jalen Green
  • Jonathan Kuminga
  • Daishen Nix
  • Isaiah Todd
  • Kai Sotto

Other names of note in the G League Bubble:

  • Jay Scrubb (former Louisville commit, Agua Caliente Clippers)
  • Emmitt Williams (LSU, Agua Caliente Clippers)
  • Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State, Austin Spurs)
  • Antonio Blakeney (LSU, Canton Charge)
  • Michael Frazier II (Florida, Delaware Blue Coats)
  • Frank Mason (Kansas, Delaware Blue Coats)
  • Brian Bowen II (Louisville*, Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
  • Cassius Stanley (Duke, Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
  • Vernon Carey (Duke, Greensboro Swarm)
  • Admiral Schofield (Tennessee, Greensboro Swarm)
  • Jaylen Johnson (Louisville, Iowa Wolves)
  • Jordan Bone (Tennessee, Lakeland Magic)
  • Chris Chiozza (Florida, Long Island Nets)
  • Moses Brown (UCLA, OKC Blue)
  • Nik Stauskas (Michigan, Raptors 905)
  • Ray Spalding (Louisville, RGV Vipers)
  • Mason Jones (Arkansas, RGV Vipers)
  • Yogi Ferrell (Indiana, SLC Stars)
  • Nico Mannion (Arizona, Santa Cruz Warriors)
  • Kaleb Wesson (Ohio State, Santa Cruz Warriors)
  • Jared Harper (Auburn, Westchester Knicks)
  • Bryce Brown (Auburn, Westchester Knicks)
  • Simi Shittu (Vanderbilt, Westchester Knicks)
  • Myles Powell (Seton Hall, Westchester Knicks)
  • Theo Pinson (North Carolina, Westchester Knicks)
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (NC State, Westchester Knicks)

Games will be broadcast on NBA TV, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN+ and Twitch.

To view the full schedule and broadcasting details, click here.

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2021-10-26