In comparison to Julian Khazzouh’s Training Camp contract with the Golden State Warriors last season, Luke Nevill’s tenure with the Indiana Pacers has gone pretty unnoticed by the mainstream Australian media.
In light of this, here’s a bit of an update on where the 7ft2 Center is standing at the moment….
After playing NBA Summer League for both the Orlando Magic & Minnesota Timberwolves, Luke Nevill went to Los Angeles to work out. It was there that he received confirmation from his former head coach at the University of Utah & Pacers assistant coach Jim Boylen to get his bags packed & head over to Indiana.
After spending the weeks leading up to training camp playing pickup games with the team, Nevill was ready for Training Camp to begin on the 2nd October.
“Its been great to go up and down with some big bodies… It’s great to go up against Roy (Hibbert) & bang bodies with someone the same height as me,” said Nevill to Pacers.com reporters.
“Roy’s the go to post player, make it tough for him to score the ball… Will only make him better & make me better”
He went onto say that at training camp, he was just planning to “Go in aggressive… to show off to the staff & team that (he) is an asset.”
The Aussie would have known that he’s facing an upward battle to make the final roster of 15. With 18 men taken into camp, Nevill, along with Ben Hansbrough (brother of Tyler) were the final two players to get training camp invites.
The Pacers first pre-season game was a 84-70 loss on the road to the Timberwolves on the 10th October in Fargo, ND. Nevill however, found some court-time towards the end of the game finishing with 2 points, 2 rebounds & a +/- of +3 in 5:30 mins.
Looking for a bit more court-time in their next game, a repeat matchup v the Timberwolves back home in Indiana, Nevill didn’t see any court-time in the Pacers 96-91 victory.
Yesterday, ESPN True Hoop’s Pacers Blog Eight Points Nine Seconds is reporting that Luke Nevill’s probably on the verge of being cut:
“At the other end of the spectrum, Nevill is probably the next cut. That leaves Hansbrough, (Blake) Ahearn, and (Sundiata) Gaines fighting for that 15th spot — assuming the Pacers even fill it.”
Let’s hope Luke has another chance to show off his stuff against Atlanta on Tuesday…
Click below to see Luke’s Media Day interview with Pacers.com.