The Sacramento Pro Development League tonight , Thursday and beyond in 7:15 p.m. games at Capital Christian will feature two players with upside as great as their skill set in Zach Andrews and James Nunnally.
Zach Andrews, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Cordova High School and Yuba College, will make his local summer debut. He had a four-year professional stint overseas and was an NBA D-League All-Star last season. He was invited to the Lakers training camp roster in December.
Andrews averaged 11.1 points and 9 rebounds for former Kings coach Eric Musselman in the D-League.
Equally as impressive, Andrews has been an advocate for Sacramento-area homeless. He has spoken passionately about his own childhood of "couch surfing" in seeking shelter from friends, relatives and sometimes Cordova teachers.
Nunnally, a 6-6 guard from Stockton, averaged 16.3 points last season for UC Santa Barbara, coached by former UC Davis coach Bob Williams.
SPDL coordinator and area strength and conditioning coach Guss Armstead raved about the ability and work ethic of Nunnally and Andrews.
"Zach just got back from the elite D-League camp where NBA scouts watch the top 40 guys," Armstead said. "He's an energy, effort guys, relentless, a big time athlete."
Armstead on Nunnally, "He's been training with us for two months. Several teams are interested in him coming in for a workout. He's a really skilled two-guard with a high basketball IQ and a great feel for the game. He's a full box score kind of guy - scoring, rebounding, assists, steals."
- Joe Davidson
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