It may not have been the best day for his team, as the Knicks' Summer League roster ended up on the wrong side of a 32 point loss, but for former Fresno State guard Marvelle Harris, his debut at the Orlando Summer League was met with a chorus of positive reviews.
The all-time leading scorer in Fresno State history, Harris posted 10 points on 4-7 shooting in 22 minutes of action on Saturday afternoon in Orlando, finishing as the second highest scorer on the court for a New York team that tallied just 49 points on the day. The reigning Mountain West Player of the Year handedly outperformed more heralded guards on the New York roster in Ron Baker (Wichita State) and J.P. Tokoto (North Carolina) in Game 4 of the five-game schedule. Former Colorado State star J.J. Avila also logged almost 11 minutes for the Knicks.
Harris, along with Avila, were two of the six former Mountain West standouts in action on the first day of the Orlando Summer League that included Goodluck Okonoboh (UNLV - Charlotte Hornets), Alex Davis (Fresno State - Orlando Magic-White), Stephen Zimmerman (UNLV - Orlando Magic-Blue) and Chris Obekpa (UNLV - Miami Heat). All of the former Mountain West stars logged at least double-digit minutes, except for Chris Obekpa, who failed to enter the game for Miami.
One of the main players to watch on the day was also Orlando's Stephen Zimmerman, who suited up in front of the host team contingency for the first time. After an electric first quarter, which saw the seven-footer post 7 points and work as a featured part of the offense, the 19 year old looked like he allowed his inexperience to get the best of him, as he struggled to deal with the increasingly physical play down the stretch. However, Magic personnel seemed more than pleased with the flashes of potential that they saw from the young man.
"For his first pro basketball game, I thought Stephen was tremendous," Chad Forcier, Magic assistant and head Summer League coach was quoted as saying. "I thought he showed some great skill and some great competitiveness on both ends of the court. I'm excited to see him keep getting experience this week."
Fellow former Rebel Goodluck Okonoboh and Fresno State's Alex Davis, also made their Summer League debuts on the day, with both of the duo making meager impacts. Okonoboh and Davis both logged over 15 minutes of action in Game 2 against one another but neither was able to find the basket more than once. Davis however, did provide a highlight reel put-back dunk that may keep him in the mix for another day.
The Orlando Summer League continues tomorrow with a three-game slate starting at 1 PM (EST) that will feature another look at Okonoboh and Harris and potentially, a first look at Obekpa. Okonoboh will hit the hardwood first in Game 1 of the day against Indiana before Harris and Obekpa square off head-to-head in the Game 2 of the slate.
The full Sunday schedule is listed below.
Game 1: Indiana v. Charlotte (1 PM EST)
Game 2: Miami v. New York (3 PM EST)
Game 3: L.A. Clippers v. Oklahoma City (5 PM EST)