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NBA summer league players looking for pro opportunity


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Posted on July 8, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 8 at 7:07 PM

DALLAS, TX - The Mavericks summer league team will spend the next ten days in Las Vegas.

"I understand its Vegas," says Mavericks assistant coach Darrell Armstrong. "They say what's done in Vegas stays in Vegas but hey, your business is right now in Vegas, your livelihood is in Vegas when it comes to basketball. These next ten days are going to be very important."
Former North Texas Forward Eric Tramiel, who was the most valuable player from the Sun Belt Conference last season, is hoping his experience will lead to a future in professional basketball. He's unsure of what might be best for him.
"I'm not sure yet," Tramiel says. "I just want to go out and play my best and hopefully that will land me somewhere good. There is always a chance for people to see you especially out there in Vegas, a lot of scouts will be there. I'm just going to continue to be humble."
Former SMU Forward Mohammad Faye is in camp as well. It was an invitation he couldn't turn down.
"I think that's great," says Faye. "It's a chance for me to show what I can do at the next level. I'm anxious to be there. I just want to go out there and play hard and show what I can do."
The summer league is all about exposure and getting a shot, somewhere at a professional career. All the games are televised, so it's a chance to impress the scouts, not just in the United States, but around the world.
"I told guys that hey, you'd love to be on this team but you're also playing for the whole league," says Armstrong. "You're representing Dallas, when we go out here, but you've got to understand that you got to play for the whole league because there are going to be so many people around here watching you.
The NBA summer league has become sort of sneak-peek of the league's newest stars, but for the most part, it's filled with players with big dreams.