LAFAYETTE – Former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball player Jay Wright earned an invitation on Tuesday to next week’s MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas when he was chosen to play for the Orlando Magic.
Wright, who played for the Ragin’ Cajuns from 2014-17, was the third player picked by Northern Arizona in the first round of the 2017 NBA G League Draft before having his rights shipped to Lakeland (NBA G League affiliate for Orlando).
“I’m blessed to get this opportunity from Orlando,” said Wright, “and I will make the best out of it.”
In his first season with Lakeland, Wright averaged 3.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists while helping the Magic to a share of the Southeast Division title and No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The 2017 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team, Wright led Louisiana in scoring team in scoring (16.2), assists (3.9) and steals (2.0) while ranking among the league leaders in all three categories. He posted career-best in all offensive categories while starting in all 33 games during the season
Wright recorded 12 games with 20 or more points scored, including the Ragin’ Cajuns final four games of the season where he averaged 23.5 points. He finished his career with 1,148 points to become the 44th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career.
MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, which features all 30 NBA teams for the first time, will tip off with a record 10 games on Friday, July 6 and continue through Tuesday, July 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The first day of action will include five games on NBA TV and a tripleheader on ESPN.
The tournament-style format will culminate with the Championship Game on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. Last year’s event, won by the Los Angeles Lakers behind 2017 Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball and 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection Kyle Kuzma, set records for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social and digital platforms.
For the second consecutive year, ESPN will present every game from Las Vegas via the ESPN App, along with a record 46 games on its linear television channels (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU). NBA TV, co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports, will air 36 games, beginning with the Summer League opener on July 6.
Each team will play a minimum of five games at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, starting with three preliminary contests from July 6-10. The teams will then be seeded in the tournament, which starts on July 11 and concludes with the Championship Game on July 17.
Tickets for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com.
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Below is the Magic’s complete schedule for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018:
* All times listed are Central
Friday, July 6
4 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Orlando (NBA TV)
Sunday, July 8
8:30 p.m. – Memphis vs. Orlando (ESPN2)
Monday, July 9
8:30 p.m. – Orlando vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)