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BOZICH | Blackshear, Aaron Harrison, Johnson, Payne deliver in NBA Summer League

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Wayne Blackshear made his NBA Summer League debut for Charlotte Sunday. Wayne Blackshear made his NBA Summer League debut for Charlotte Sunday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Nothing in sports says Fourth of July like … NBA Summer League basketball.

At least in this area.

Readers enjoyed my Summer League rundown Saturday night, so I’m back with a follow-up on Sunday. I couldn't make myself deliver a preview of a hot dog eating contest.

Guess what? A second location cranks up Monday in Utah to join the one underway in Orlando, Fla. Former University of Louisville guard Terry Rozier (Boston) will play in Salt Lake City as will former Kentucky Wildcats James Young (Boston) and Trey Lyles (Utah). The party will spread to Las Vegas on Saturday when Russ Smith (Portland), Jamal Murray (Denver), Yogi Ferrell (Brooklyn) and others join the fun.

Here is how locals performed Sunday (sparklers and Roman candles optional):

LOUISVILLE

Wayne Blackshear, Charlotte – Keep an eye on the former U of L McDonald’s all-American. After not playing Saturday, Blackshear earned more than 15 minutes Sunday and took advantage of his time to score six points and grab eight boards. He also made one of his two shots from distance.

Blackshear played in Italy last season for Giorgio Tesi. He averaged 11.2 points per game, but made only 24 percent of his three-point field goal attempts. He was the team’s fourth leading scorer, behind Alex Kirk, Preston Knowles and Olek Czyz. He's still a longshot to get to the NBA next season, but Blackshear should make it to training camp.

Damion Lee, Miami – Lee will likely need to play a year or two in Europe to make it in the NBA as a reserve, but he started at guard as the Heat blitzed the Knicks by 27. Credit Lee with seven points in more than 22 minutes.

He missed all four shots from distance and turned the ball over three times with a pair of assists.

KENTUCKY

Aaron Harrison, Charlotte – Harrison had a better all-around game Sunday than he delivered Saturday, scoring 15 points with five rebounds, six assists and a block while leading the Hornets to a 10-point win. But his three-point shooting still needs work. He missed six of seven shots from distance.

Still, NBA.com writer Fran Blinebury named Harrison one of three stars of the day, along with a former UK teammate who headlines the next paragraph.

Dakari Johnson, Oklahoma City – Credit the big man with a solid double-double – 15 points and a dozen boards, including five on the offensive glass. He played with wall-to-wall aggressiveness, drawing six fouls. He's behind Steven Adams and Enes Kanter of the Thunder roster, but somebody will give Johnson a look.

MURRAY STATE

Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City – Attack, attack, attack. Payne scored a game-high 25 points, including 14 from the line where he made every attempt. He still needs to improve his shot. Payne missed 11 of 16 shots.

He was not named one of the day’s three stars. Don’t ask me.

EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL

Kameron Woods, Oklahoma City – The former Butler star earned five minutes after not playing Saturday. He missed his only shot and grabbed a rebound.

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