What: The Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer League Pro-Am featuring players from Pitt, West Virginia, Duquesne, Robert Morris, Youngstown State and other local schools.
Where: Greentree Sportsplex.
When: Monday, Wednesday, June 25 and 27; July 2, 10 and 11; playoffs July 16, 17 and 18.
Game times: 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
A glimpse of the future: All eyes will be on Steven Adams, Pitt's7-foot recruit from New Zealand. Adams is Pitt's highest-ranked recruit in years and has been impressive in individual workouts. He's rated as one of the top players in the incoming freshman class by the scouting services. Adams played a high school game at Ambridge High School in the winter, but this is the first chance for fans to see him in action with some of his new teammates. Adams will play on a team with fellow freshman James Robinson, transfer Trey Zeigler and junior Lamar Patterson. They play at 7 p.m. Monday.
A homecoming: Zeigler is another player to watch this summer for Pitt fans. He is a shooting guard who can also play small forward and some point guard. He averaged 16 points per game during his two seasons at Central Michigan. The son of former Pitt assistant Ernie Zeigler, Trey played AAU basketball in the area until he moved away in the seventh grade. Look for Zeigler and Patterson to take on leadership roles this summer with point guard Tray Woodall out of the mix while he recuperates from abdominal surgery. One other Pitt player won't play in the summer league because of an injury -- junior forward J.J. Moore.
A point of concern: A spring of turmoil at Duquesne left the team with one gaping hole for next year: all of its viable ballhandlers. Point guard T.J. McConnell transferred to Arizona and fellow guard Mike Talley will head to Eastern Michigan. Eric Evans completed his eligibility. That means all eyes this summer will be on two recruits -- point guards Derrick Colter (5-10, 180 pounds) of Largo, Md. and Marvin Binney (6-2, 185) a junior college transfer.
High on Morgan: Robert Morris senior point guard Velton Jones, the Colonials' unquestioned floor leader, will play on a team with teammates Lijah Thompson and Vaughn Morgan. Thompson may miss the beginning of the summer league after offseason foot surgery, but expects to play before the end of the summer. The coaching staff is high on Morgan, a Perry Traditional Academy player who joined Robert Morris earlier this month after transferring from a junior college in Texas.
Hey, isn't that ... : There will be a new team this year composed of former college players competing against the current amateurs. Some of those who have committed to play are former Pitt players Chevy Troutman and Levance Fields.
Game information: For a complete schedule and roster, visit pittsburghbasketballclub.com. Games are free and open to the public, but seating inside the Sportsplex is limited. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
First Published June 16, 2012 12:00 AM