Shortly after the 2018 NBA Draft came to an end, word broke that the Atlanta Hawks were adding St. Mary’s big man Jock Landale to the team’s Summer League roster. From there, it was reported that St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams was set to sign a two-way contract with the Hawks that will lead him to Utah and/or Las Vegas as well.
Then, on Friday afternoon, Michael Cunningham of the AJC reported a clearer picture of the team’s Summer League roster than was available to this point, with John Collins, Tyler Dorsey, De’Andre Bembry, Antonius Cleveland and Jaylen Morris joining new draftees Trae Young and Omari Spellman.
Hawks on summer roster: new draft picks Trae Young, Omari Spellman (Kevin Huerter out w/ injury) plus '17 pick Alpha Kaba. Also John Collins, Tyler Dorsey, DeAndre' Bembry, Antonius Cleveland, Jaylen Morris.— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) June 22, 2018
It comes as no surprise that players like Collins, Bembry and Dorsey would be present, although a player of Collins’ present stature may only appear in a limited role over the course of the two leagues. In addition, it is a no-brainer that Young and Spellman would appear and, if not for injury, Kevin Huerter would be on track to play.
2017-2018 two-way player Andrew White will also reportedly join the festivities.
Add Andrew White III, Hawks 2-way player last season. Fourteen players expected to be on summer roster https://t.co/yn9yzEGDtC— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) June 22, 2018
In addition to the headline names, the Hawks will also reportedly bring a quarter of previously unreported players to Summer League.
Hawks summer league roster adds: Jaylen Adams (2-way contract), Zach Smith (Tex Tech), Brandon Sampson (LSU), Zach LeDay (Israeli league/Va Tech), Junior Robinson (Mt. St. Mary's)— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) June 22, 2018
Three of the four additions — Smith, Sampson and Robinson — worked out for the Hawks in advance of the draft and that is often a breeding ground for Summer League invites.
Robinson is a unique prospect in that he stands at only 5’5, but he was the Northeast Conference Player of the Year at Mount St. Mary’s while averaging 22.0 points, 4.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. In addition, he converted 39 percent of his three-point attempts (and 90 percent of his free throws) and displayed an intriguing package of skills.
Smith and Sampson are perhaps the most intriguing, with the Texas Tech forward (Smith) standing at 6’8 with athleticism and the LSU guard (Sampson) providing an interesting pedigree and a productive junior campaign in Baton Rouge.
Finally, LeDay did not appear in a workout for the Hawks but the 6’7 forward was highly efficient and productive during his senior college season. He averaged 17.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for an ACC program and, after two seasons in Blacksburg, LeDay could be an interesting prospect to monitor.
Stay tuned as more information, and potential additions, becomes available.