Saunders Joins Utah Jazz for 2015 NBA Summer League

Saunders Joins Utah Jazz for 2015 NBA Summer League

Saunders will take the court as a member of the Utah Jazz during the Utah Summer League (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Recent Harvard graduate Wesley Saunders '15 has signed an agreement with the NBA's Utah Jazz to play for the team in the upcoming NBA Summer Leagues.

Saunders graduated as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history, having been named the 2014 Ivy League Player of the Year and earning three first team All-Ivy nods. In addition to receiving multiple All-America and All-District accolades, Saunders' was voted three times as Harvard's Raymond P. Lavietes '36 Most Valuable Player, and set an Ancient Eight record with 11 Ivy Player of the Weeks awards.

Saunders ranks fourth in program history in career scoring (1,511), fourth in steals (175), and ninth in assists (382), and is one of just three student-athletes in Ivy League history to amass 1,500 points, 350 assists and 150 steals. This past season he ranked among the Ivy League leaders in nearly every statistical category, including points (3rd, 16.6), rebounds (8th, 6.1), assists (1st, 4.3), steals (1st, 1.8), 3-point percentage (4th, 42.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (6th, 1.6) and minutes played (2nd, 34.4). Following the season he competed for Cherry Bakaert at the 2015 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, where he averaged 6.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.0 apg en route to the title.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Saunders helped Harvard to four consecutive Ivy League championships and four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, including back-to-back trips to the third round in 2013 and 2014. During his tenure the Crimson also won the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis in 2011, and the Great Alaska Shootout in 2013. Harvard reached as high as No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 during the 2011-12 season, and began the 2014-15 campaign ranked No. 25 by the AP.

Saunders will begin his professional career at the Utah Summer League, a six-game, four-team event to be held July 6-9 at EnergySolutions Arena, featuring the Jazz, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs. Each participating team will play three games over the four-day span.

The Jazz will also compete at the Las Vegas Summer League alongside 23 other franchises. The Vegas Summer League is an 11-day, 67-game event with contests played at both the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.

For more information on the 2015 NBA Summer Leagues, click here.