July 6, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors announced their 2012 Summer League roster on Friday with Missouri State's Kyle Weems landing a spot on the club's 21-man summer squad.
The remainder of the team, which includes 16 other rookie players and four players with one year of NBA experience, will begin workouts next week. The roster includes Warriors' draft picks Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green as well as Wichita State product Joe Ragland and Old Dominion standolut Kent Bazemore, both of whom played at JQH Arena this season.
The Golden State team will play five games from July 13-21 in Las Vegas with scheduled contests against the Lakers, Nuggets, Heat, Bulls and Hornets. All games will be televised on NBA TV.
A three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference player, Weems led the Bears in scoring and rebounding this season with 15.6 points and 7.2 boards per contest. He also had team-highs in field goals (182), free throws (75), three-pointers (61) and blocked shots (20), while sharing the team lead in minutes played (1,005) in 2011-12.
Weems began his career by earning MVC All-Freshman honors in 2008-09 and followed that with All-MVC second-team distinction as a sophomore. In 2011, he was named MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year after leading MSU to its first-ever Valley regular-season title and a 26-9 overall record. He also claimed Associated Press All-America honorable mention status in 2010-11, along with NABC All-District and USBWA All-Region honors.
He was named MVC Preseason Player of the Year in 2011-12, earned All-MVC first-team honors for the second time, claimed NABC All-District first-team distinction and finished ninth in the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Award on-line voting. This spring, Weems participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament where he averaged 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and a tournament-high 3.3 steals.
Also this winter, Weems claimed his sixth career MVC Player of the Week honor (Jan. 1) after helping the Bears to a 2-0 start in league play and in particular for his 31-point effort in the Bears' win at No. 19 Creighton on Dec. 28. For his efforts, he was named as the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, StatSheet.com National Player of the Week, CollegeSports360.com National Prime Time Performer of the Week, and the Lou Henson Award Mid-Major National Player of the Week. Only three players in MVC history (Hersey Hawkins, Bob Harstad and Kyle Korver) have won more MVC Player of the Week Awards than Weems.
He also finished as the only player in Valley history to score 1,800 or more points, collect 800 or more rebounds and knock down 200 three-pointers. He finished 19th on the MVC career scoring list (1,868), 36th in rebounding (844) and 17th in 3-pointers (240).
On Missouri State's career charts, Weems finished No. 2 in scoring, No. 4 in rebounding and No. 4 in three-pointers. He also became the Bears' career leader in games played (134), double-figure scoring games (110) and fouls (382), while ranking second in minutes (3,981), fourth in field goals (681), fourth in field goal attempts (1,550), fourth in three-point attempts (641), fifth in blocked shots (114) and fifth in steals (146).
Weems was part of two postseason runs at Missouri State, including the 2010 CollegeInsider.com championship team and the 2011 team that advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
This year, a record 24 teams are competing in a 60-game NBA Summer League schedule from July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. NBA TV will televise all 60 games, including 39 live. Additionally, fans can follow all NBA Summer League action on-line via Summer League Broadband, which will stream and archive every game of the 2012 NBA Summer League.