The Summer Pacers begin working together on Wednesday at the Fieldhouse with several familiar faces to keep tabs on when they begin play in the Orlando Summer League starting this weekend.
All eyes will be on rookie first-round pick, Myles Turner as the big man dons the blue and gold for the first time at age 19. Fellow rook, Joe Young will get plenty of work in the backcourt for the Summer Pacers, no doubt testing those point guard skills to go along with the shooting touch.
Current Pacers, Solomon Hill and Shayne Whittington will also put in the extra work this summer. Whittington may be fighting to hold onto a roster spot with the Pacers, but obviously remains in the mix if they are taking him with the summer squad.
Hill's inclusion is a bit of a surprise, not normally the move for a third-year player, not to mention one who started so many games. But Hill is no dummy, and his starting role was brought on by injury circumstances and he struggled often in the expanded role. His game has areas in need of work, most notably on the offensive end. But Hill remains an intriguing player when considered in a reserve role where he can provide some versatility to playing rotations whether the team plays small or big.
While it may be a surprise, Solo is playing in the summer league, it is no surprise that he's willing to put in additional work.
Other familiar faces on the roster include players with local college ties. Purdue's Jon Octeus will try to show he can do more than dunk in ridiculous fashion at Assembly Hall. the defensive-minded point guard has NBA athleticism and can defend, but has plenty to prove on the offensive end.
Speaking of Assembly Hall highlights, former IU Hoosier, Christian Watford will always be a legend in Bloomington for his shot to knock off Kentucky at the Hall during his junior season. Watford played for the Summer Pacers two years ago before playing in Israel. He continues trying to pursue his pro dreams after struggling in the D-League last year.
The rest of the roster includes: Xavier cult hero/Uber driver C Matt Stainbrook, former Summer Pacers C Arinze Onuaku and F James Nunnally, F Romero Osby, G Trent Lockett, G DeVonte Lacy, G Mantas Kalientas and G Jarell Eddie.
All 14 campers are expected to go with the team to play in Orlando.