HUNTERSVILLE – The Charlotte Hornets’ NBA Summer League team will have a decided Lake Norman flavoring.
The 14-player squad includes De’Mon Brooks, recent Davidson College graduate and a Hopewell High product, and Jamie Skeen, a former North Mecklenburg High star. Games begin July 11 in Las Vegas.
Brooks, a 6-foot-7 rookie, was the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year. As a Davidson senior, he averaged 19 points and 7.1 rebounds in only 26.8 minutes per game. Brooks, 22, shot 59 percent from the field. He worked out for the Hornets in mid-June before the NBA Draft.
Skeen, a 6-9 forward, is an NBA rookie but has played professionally in France, Israel and Italy. He’s 26 years old. Skeen averaged 11.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 24 games for Sutor Basket Montegranaro last season. He shot 60 percent from the field.
The Hornets’ summer league begins 5:30 p.m. July 11 against Golden State, 3 p.m. July 13 against Sacramento and 1 p.m. July 14 against New York. The summer league teams will then be seeded in a tournament, culminating with the championship game July 21. All summer league games will be broadcast on NBA TV, including the Hornets games live July 13 and 14.
Charlotte’s roster will include second-year pro Cody Zeller and recent first-round draft choices Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston. Charlotte associate head coach Patrick Ewing will coach the summer squad.