Gilchrist playing in NBA Summer League with Kings
Passed over in last month's NBA Draft, former USF forward Augustus Gilchrist gets a shot at landing an NBA roster spot this coming week as he plays for the Sacramento Kings' entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
A four-day minicamp starts Monday, and the Kings will play five games in seven days starting Friday against the Bobcats. Gilchrist has plenty of competition just for summer-league minutes, let alone a roster spot -- Kansas' Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 pick in the draft, will be playing for Sacramento, along with several other undrafed types, including Cincinnnati's Yancy Gates, Ball State's Jarrod Jones and 6-9 Darnell Jackson, who played 59 games for Sacramento in 2010-11 then spent last season overseas.
How many roster spots are available depends on how free agency goes for the Kings -- last year's starter, Jason Thompson, is a restricted free agent, and the Kings are entertaining Orlando's Ryan Anderson as a potential addition. Syracuse's Donte Greene, who has averaged just 6.1 points in his four NBA seasons, could also be back.
We'll have updates once the games get started in Las Vegas. The NBA's eight-team Summer League in Orlando starts Monday, with a USF presence expected there in Jarrid Famous (Pacers) and Solomon Jones (76ers) listed on Orlando rosters. Former Bulls standout Dominique Jones is expected to play for the Mavericks on their team in Las Vegas as well.