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Five former Vanderbilt players expected to compete in the 2018 NBA Summer League

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The NBA Summer League starts today. Here’s your primer.

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As part of its effort to go to more of a year-round schedule, the NBA has stepped up its offseason competition. The NBA Summer League now has competing rosters from all 30 NBA franchises.

Two smaller leagues open today and run through Thursday: the Utah Jazz Summer League, which includes the Jazz, Grizzlies, Hawks, and Spurs; and the California Classic, consisting of the Kings, Lakers, Warriors, and Heat. Then, all 30 teams will go to Las Vegas from July 6-17 for the main Summer League competition.

Most of the NBA’s superstars don’t compete in the Summer League. Instead, it’s mostly rookies, bench players, G-League guys, and a few unsigned guys who are brought in on Summer League contracts, where they’ll compete for roster spots.

Falling into that last category are two former Vanderbilt Commodores. Jeff Roberson signed a Summer League deal with the Golden State Warriors a couple of weeks ago, and he’ll once again team with Damian Jones starting tonight at 8:00 PM CT, when the Warriors’ summer team will play the Miami Heat at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Also in the Summer League: John Jenkins, who played the 2017-18 season for San Pablo Burgos in Spain. Jenkins looks to get back to the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he’s expected to join Wade Baldwin IV on the summer league roster. The Blazers will participate in the main Summer League competition in Las Vegas starting on July 6.

And finally, there’s Luke Kornet, who will be playing for the Knicks in the Summer League after signing a one-year deal yesterday.

As for the other two seniors on last year’s team, Riley LaChance signed a deal with GTK Gliwice in Poland. Matthew Fisher-Davis remains unsigned as far as we know.