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Hayward, James Collect Strong Summer League Performances

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Former Marquette men's basketball players Lazar Hayward and Dominic James completed successful performances at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev., this past week.

Hayward averaged 14.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in four appearances and saw 29.0 minutes per game on the court for Minnesota. He reached double figures in points in each of the squad's four games, including a team-best 19-point effort in the finale against Atlanta on July 18.

"Overall I thought I did what I was supposed to do and it was good to get a sense of what the NBA game will be like in the regular season," Haward said.

James appeared in four outings for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 3.6 points and 4.0 assists in 19.6 minutes per contest. James came off the bench in the first two games before earning a spot in the starting lineup in the team's games against Miami and Cleveland.

"I am blessed by the opportunity of playing with a quality organization like the Milwaukee Bucks," James said. "It has been an honor and I thank them for their continued support and allowing me to showcase my talents.

"I think I proved I can compete at a high level and hopefully that will be enough for another opportunity to come my way and another window to be opened," James added. "I know I have to keep working and praying for a chance."

Jerel McNeal was on the Chicago Bulls' roster in Las Vegas, but did not see any game action.

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