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Hassell & Bazemore Square Off In NBA Summer League Opener

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: July 09, 2013
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NORFOLK, VA—Former ODU basketball standouts Kent Bazemore (’12) of the Golden State Warriors and Frank Hassell (’11) with the Washington Wizards will do battle in the 2013 NBA Summer League July 13 in Las Vegas, NV. At the Cox Pavilion.

Preliminary games are scheduled from July 13-16. Teams will then be seeded in a tournament which will run through the Championship Game on July 22nd.  CSN will televise games.

The 6-9 Hassell from Chesapeake, Va., played in Israel this past season.  In 2012, he played two summer league games for San Antonio and was on the team until the day before the season opened.  In 2013, he played five summer league games for Atlanta, averaging 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds.   Hassell averaged 11 points and  7.0 rebounds per game for Canton in 39 games of the NBA  D-League.

At ODU, Hassell helped lead the Monarchs to back-to-back CAA titles, as well as the Monarchs win over 6th seed Notre Dame, 51-50 in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in New Orleans. He was the MVP of the 2009 College Insider.com Post season Tournament as well as a first team All-CAA and Tournament MVP in 2011. Hassell scored 1,250 career points which ranks him 29th all-time at ODU and 909 career rebounds which ranks him 10th all-time.  He was named Collegeinsider.com Mid Major All-American and honorable mention 2011 NABC and SI.com All-American.  Graduated with a degree in sociology.

Bazemore, a two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year, played in 61 games for the Warriors, averaging 2.0 points per game.  On March 15, Kent scored 14 points on five-of six shooting from the floor in 12 minutes against the Chicago Bulls. He scored 11 points with two rebounds, and two assists in 16 minutes against Oklahoma City on Feb. 16.  Kent scored his first NBA basket on Dec. 14 at Orlando. He grabbed a season high four rebounds on Jan. 16 against Miami and Jan. 18 against San Antonio. Bazemore dished out a season best five assists on Jan. 16 against Miami.

In the post season, Bazemore played in nine games scoring two points on May 6 in the Conference Semifinals at San Antonio. He also played four minutes on May 14 with two rebounds and a steal at San Antonio.

At ODU, the First Team All-CAA selection completed his career with 1,416 points ranking him 20th all-time. Bazemore is the school's second all-time steals leader with 250 and played more games, 140, than any Monarch.  His senior class won 101 games, more than any other in school history, as Bazemore was a part of two CAA Championships, two NCAA tournaments, and the 2009 Collegeinsider.com National Post Season Championship. He was Collegeinsider.com National Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Kent who graduated with two degrees (Human Services & Criminal Justice) is one of only four Monarchs to have over 200 career steals. Kent Bazemore is the ninth Monarch to play in the NBA.

Comcast SportsNet’s NBA Summer League TV Schedule:
Day/Date | Opponent | Live | Encore
Saturday, July 13 | Golden State Warriors | 4 p.m. | 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 | New York Knicks | 4 p.m. | 7 p.m. 

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