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Posted on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 11:43 a.m.

Ex-Michigan basketball players Darius Morris, Manny Harris, Courtney Sims to play in NBA Summer League

By Nick Baumgardner


Former Michigan basketball player Courtney Sims will join ex-Wolverines Darius Morris and Manny Harris in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

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The Michigan basketball program will have some representation in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League this month.

According to a report from the Big Ten Network, former Michigan players Darius Morris, Manny Harris and Courtney Sims will all participate in the Las Vegas event, which runs from July 13-22.

Morris is the only former Wolverine at the event with a formal NBA contract, as he recently signed a one-year extension to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The former UM point guard played sparingly for the Lakers as a rookie last season.

Harris, meanwhile, is currently in the process of looking for a new home after being released from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week. He's scheduled to play with the Houston Rockets in the Las Vegas league.

The 6-foot-11 Sims will be a member of the Memphis Grizzlies' squad this summer. The former Michigan center (2003-07) has played in five career NBA games since leaving Ann Arbor.

Sims was named the 2008-09 NBA Development League Player of the Year as a member of the Iowa Energy. He also spent portions of last season with the energy, and was named the NBADL All-Star Game's most valuable player.

The NBA Summer League is an event that gives teams a chance to further develop young talent or recent draft choices. It also allows young free agents a chance to showcase their skills in hopes of landing a roster spot for the next season.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Mon, Jul 9, 2012 : 1:02 p.m.

all toiled through lean years in A2. i hope that all three get the opportunity for careers in professional basketball.