Former Buckeyes Duane Washington, Kaleb Wesson to compete in NBA Summer League

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch
Duane Washington, Jr. (left) and Kaleb Wesson (right) share a laugh during interviews as the Ohio State men's basketball team held media day in the Value City Arena practice gym in Columbus on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. [Barbara J. Perenic/Dispatch]

A pair of former Ohio State leading scorers headline a list of former Buckeyes who will participate in the NBA Summer League.

Initially, Duane Washington Jr. was set to compete against Kaleb Wesson on August 12,  as both attempt to play their way into full-time NBA roster spots. That matchup won't take place now, though, as Wesson will play for the Los Angeles Clippers and not Portland as previously announced.

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Washington, who followed Wesson as the leading scorer for the Buckeyes last season, likewise left the program after his third season and went undrafted. He has signed a two-way deal with Indianapolis, however, meaning he will get some time with the Pacers this season.

Here’s the full list of former Buckeyes participating in the Summer League.

DJ Carton, Charlotte

After one season with the Buckeyes, Carton transferred to Marquette and played one more year of college ball before turning pro and going undrafted. He signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Hornets, giving him an opportunity to attend training camp with a chance at earning a two-way deal or play for the team’s G League affiliate in Greensboro.

The Hornets will open Summer League play against Wesson’s Trail Blazers on Sunday at 6 p.m. Charlotte then plays Sacramento on Monday at 6 p.m. before playing San Antonio on August 12 at 3 p.m. and closing out league play with Toronto on August 14 at 7 p.m. All games are in Las Vegas.

DJ Funderburk, Utah

Although he never played an official minute for Ohio State, Funderburk redshirted for the Buckeyes during the 2016-17 season before being dismissed from the program, spending a year at a junior college and playing three years for North Carolina State.

The Jazz feature two Summer League teams, and Funderburk will play for the Blue team. The team played its first game Tuesday night, losing 104-65 to Utah in Salt Lake City. In 20 minutes of playing time, Funderburk had seven points, three rebounds and two blocks. Utah Blue will play San Antonio on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and close its schedule out against Utah White on Friday at 9 p.m.

Micah Potter, Miami

Like Carton, Potter started his career at Ohio State, transferred elsewhere and went undrafted before signing an Exhibit 10 contract. Potter spent his first two seasons at Ohio State before finishing his career at Wisconsin and forgoing the extra year of eligibility afforded to all players during the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season.

The Heat opens Summer League play against Denver on Sunday at 10 p.m. Miami then faces Memphis on August 11 at 5 p.m., Utah on August 13 at 5 p.m. and Atlanta on August 14 at 4 p.m. All games are in Las Vegas.

Duane Washington Jr., Indiana

The Pacers begin Summer League action against the Washington Wizards on Sunday at 8 p.m. Indiana will then play Atlanta on Tuesday at 6 p.m., go against Portland two days later and then face Oklahoma City on August 14 at 6 p.m. All games will be in Las Vegas, and the latter one will be televised by ESPN2.

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Kaleb Wesson, Los Angeles Clippers

The Westerville South product was initially slated to participate in The Basketball Tournament this summer before withdrawing once he agreed to play for Portland in the Summer League. He was announced as a member of the Trail Blazers' roster, but now will be playing for the Clippers.

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Los Angeles will begin Summer League play on August 9 with a 9 p.m. game against Milwaukee. One day later, the Clippers will play Portland at 11 p.m., followed by an August 13 game against the Los Angeles Lakers at 10 p.m. and finally an August 15 game against Utah that will be televised by ESPN2 at 5 p.m. 

All Clippers games will be in Las Vegas.

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