3. Name to watch: Billy Preston
Besides Sexton, former Kansas Jayhawk may be the most intriguing prospect to watch on the Summer League squad.
Preston, 20, was poised for big things coming out Kansas until he got into a car accident last September. Preston was fine, but the incident triggered an NCAA investigation into how Preston acquired the vehicle he was driving.
Despite playing some exhibition games, the 6-foot-10 Preston eventually left the program out of frustration. He signed to play overseas and three uneventful games in the Adriatic League.
Preston was invited to the NBA combine, but went undrafted.
So, here he is. Fighting and clawing to make it to The Association.
Preston was highly sought after coming out of Oak Hill Academy. Rivals.com listed him as a five-star recruit. Syracuse, Indiana and USC all wanted him. He played in the big showcase games, such as the McDonald’s All-American game.
His former coach, Bill Self, thinks Preston would’ve been picked in the first round had NBA teams seen him play an entire season.
"“Billy’s a first-round talent and we’ve had more than one team tell us that,” Self said."
Preston will be with the organization for the entire year, most likely spending a lot of time with the Canton Charge.
That’s not a bad thing, because the guy just needs to play. If he does enough there, there will be plenty of opportunities for the big man to head north on I-77 to The Q.