OU's Longar Longar to Play With T'Wolves

    
July 8th, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. - The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Monday that former University of Oklahoma basketball player Longar Longar has been named to the organization's 10-man 2008 NBA Summer League roster.

Longar, who was OU's second-leading scorer and rebounder last year with his 11.4 and 5.6 respective averages, is from Rochester, Minn. He lettered four years at OU, posted a .538 career field goal percentage and ranks eighth in school history with 103 blocked shots. Longar was named to the Big 12's Most Improved Team following his junior season.

"I received a call the night of the (NBA) draft from my agent," said Longar on Monday. "He told me the Timberwolves called him and offered me a spot on their summer league team. I'm excited. I leave on the 10th and our first game is on the 11th."

Longar, who's in Chicago, said he's working dailyon shooting and ball handling.

"Mostly, though, I'm in the weight room. I lift weights six days a week."

The Timberwolves' summer league roster will also feature Kevin Love (UCLA), the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, and 2007 NBA Draft picks Corey Brewer (Florida) and Chris Richard (Florida). Also representing Minnesota will be Blake Ahearn (Missouri State), Dan Coleman (Minnesota), Vincent Grier (Minnesota), Pooh Jeter (Portland), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State) and Bryce Taylor (Oregon).

The summer league will run from July 11-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Games will be played at the COX Pavilion and the Thomas and Mack Center on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus. Twenty-one NBA teams will be represented. The Timberwolves will play five games, the first of which will take place July 14 at 9 p.m. CDT against Dallas.

"The Timberwolves haven't told me what chance I have of making the team," said Longar. "That will probably depend on how well I play in the summer league. Hopefully it works out. If it doesn't, I've already got offers from teams in Ukraine, Italy and Russia. I could do that for a year and come back. Or it's possible that an NBA team could sign me and send me to Europe to play for a year.

"I'm just trying to stay focused and keep moving forward."