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Vlad, Kenny Hustle leave positive impressions after Summer League stints

Now, will they earn a contract in the NBA?

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

It was a disappointing draft night for a pair of Horned Frogs, when both Kenrich Williams and Vladimir Brodziansky went unselected after two rounds. Williams, who was projected to be picked in the middle of the second round, was surprising, while many expected Vlad to go the European route to begin his professional career.

But, both earned Summer League contracts; Hustle with the Denver Nuggets and Vlad with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Williams was signed to a Summer League contract before the first game, playing in all five games and leading his team in rebounding and scoring in one a piece. He saved the best for last, dropping 17 points on 8-14 shooting, while gathering in seven boards and swiping a pair of steals. Prior to the finale, he had scored just 10 total points in five games, but had been an impressive rebounder and gotten himself noticed for his passing, high basketball IQ, and movement off the ball.

Oh. And his hair. Also got noticed for his hair.

Vlad was a late addition to the Cavs roster, and as such, didn’t play in the first game of the Vegas tournament. He too, saved his best effort for his last game dropping 10 points, bringing in six rebounds, and blocking a shot against the Lakers. He also had an eight point showing against the Pacers, on 4-7 shooting. He showed off his range from deep, looked tough in the paint, and finished a couple and-ones over the course of the week. He also had a pretty impressive block:

Though neither has been signed to a two-way contract (yet), both are intriguing candidates for that, or a straight G League flyer. Kenrich, especially, drew a ton of praise from both fans and basketball pundits for his heady play and motor, and with one two-way remaining, could get the call by Denver to join their squad. If he isn’t picked up by the Nuggets, it’s hard to imagine someone won’t take a flyer on him prior to camps opening. Brodziansky, on the other hand, will have no shortage of European opportunities, and may relish the chance to be closer to home at the beginning of his professional career. Regardless, both should be playing pro ball - somewhere - by the time the Horned Frogs’ season opens in early November.