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DENVER – Brandon Gilbeck is
headed to the Mile High City, as the Denver Nuggets announced its 2019
Summer League roster Friday (June 28) where the Western Illinois men’s
basketball alum stood tall as the lone 7-footer.
MGM Resorts NBA Summer League is an off-season competition organized by
the National Basketball Association (NBA), and it includes all 30
league teams. Gilbeck will join the Nuggets in a four-day mini-camp
(July 1-4), before first-round games start Friday, July 5, at the Thomas
& Mack Center in Las Vegas.
“This is a big-time opportunity for Brandon,” said head coach Billy Wright.
“Earning a spot on an NBA Summer League roster is the next best thing
to being drafted. He will have an opportunity to play with and against
many of the players who were selected in the NBA draft.”
“I’m happy for him and know he will do a great job representing our University and basketball program.”
his final Leatherneck campaign, Gilbeck became the third player in
Summit League history to be named Defensive Player of the Year in
back-to-back seasons. The Spring Green, Wis., native was also the
2018-19 NCAA Division I leader with 3.42 blocked shots per game and
currently sits atop Western’s career and single-season records with 285
and 106 blocks, respectively.
Gilbeck averaged a season’s best 8.5 rebounds per game in his final collegiate slate with 9.5 points.
Nuggets’ 15-man summer roster also includes recent draftees Michael
Porter Jr. (Missouri), Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky), Thomas Welsh
(UCLA) and Vlatko Cancar (San Pablo Burgos).
Nuggets 2019 Summer League Schedule (first round; all times Central) July 5 | vs. Phoenix | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNJuly 7 | vs. Orlando | 5 p.m. | NBA TVJuly 9 | vs. Boston | 7 p.m. | ESPN2July 10 | vs. Golden State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU