Summer League Roundup: Olah provides spark in summer league playoffs
Every year, the NBA Summer League is a showcase event for players on the fringes of basketball looking for a shot at NBA glory. Stay with The Daily for updates on the summer league play of past Northwestern players trying to make a name for themselves at the next level.
After scoring a combined 6 points in his first three summer league games, Northwestern product Alex Olah made a name for himself on Wednesday. The center shot a near perfect 7-of-8 from the field and tallied 14 points in 16 minutes for the New Orleans Pelicans. Olah had shot only 30 percent from the field to date in summer league, but the Romanian big got the start and stepped up his efficiency in the Pelicans’ playoff loss to the Miami Heat.
For the first time in summer-league action Olah looked comfortable with the ball in his hands. He was able to make his way into the paint and finish at the rim. However, the former Wildcat struggled on the boards. Olah had difficulty securing rebounds in college, and he finished the game with only one rebound. The big man will need to be more effective on the glass going forward if he wants to keep his professional dream alive.
Ex-NU guard Reggie Hearn also took the court Wednesday, losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA D-League Select team’s playoff game. Hearn showed off his ability to shoot the three again against the 76ers, knocking down 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. But the guard had trouble finding his rhythm, scoring 8 points on 3-of-8 shooting after scoring 15 points in his last game.
Olah and Hearn will face each other in a consolation game Friday when the Pelicans match up with the NBA D-League Select team.