Matt Morgan

Cox Mill graduate Matt Morgan surveys the court of the Toronto Raptors during an NBA Summer League Game in Las Vegas.

CONCORD – Cabarrus County’s three latest aspiring NBA players recently completed auditions in summer league, and each one took successful steps toward seeing his dreams of competing at the highest level come true.

Former cfa Academy standout Codi Miller-McIntyre was in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League with the Los Angeles Lakers, while Cox Mill graduate Matt Morgan played for the Toronto Raptors and one-time Northwest Cabarrus player Rayjon Tucker was on the Milwaukee Bucks’ roster.

Productive veteran

Miller-McIntyre, the oldest of the Cabarrus trio at 25, played like a veteran out West. A 6-foot-2 guard, Miller-McIntyre had four productive games for the Lakers. The Wake Forest University graduate averaged 9.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals.

Codi Miller-McIntyre

Former cfa Academy basketball player Codi Miller-McIntyre makes a move for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.

Miller-McIntyre ranked fourth among all players in assists, but in a June 7 game against the Golden State Warriors, he arguably had the best performance of the day in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Miller-McIntyre came up just three points shy of recording what, at the time, would have been just the second triple-double in NBA Summer League history. He totaled seven points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to the Warriors, which created a bit of a buzz out in the desert.

Miller-McIntyre is a free agent who has played the last three seasons overseas. A year ago, though, he played summer league ball with the Raptors before spending training camp with the Dallas Mavericks and having a short stint in the NBA G League.

Morgan’s moment

Morgan graduated from Cox Mill in 2015 before going on to an illustrious career at Cornell University. He twice declared as an early entrant into the NBA draft, but ultimately stayed at the Ivy League school all four years to earn his degree.

Morgan signed with the Raptors as an undrafted free agent and saw action in four games last week. He averaged 4.3 points, two rebounds and an assist per game. He made 18 percent of his shots (3-for-17).

Morgan did, however, have a moment in the sun, and it came on Monday, when he saw his first action on the court after sitting out Toronto’s opening game.

The sharp-shooting 6-2 guard came off the bench and scored 11 points in 18 minutes in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Morgan went 2-for-4 from the 3-point line and made all five of his free throws. He also pulled down four rebounds and had two assists and a steal that day.

A great dunker – and more

Tucker showed the breadth of his game over the past week. The 6-5 guard, who played his freshman year of high school at Northwest Cabarrus, displayed accuracy on his 3-point shot and continued to remind people he was one of the best dunkers in the Las Vegas summer league.

Rayjon Tucker

Rayjon Tucker, a former Northwest Cabarrus basketball player, was one of the top performers for the Milwaukee Bucks' NBA Summer League team.

Tucker averaged 10.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, an assist and a steal in his five games with the Bucks. As a starter, he scored in double figures in all but one game. Tucker also made 41 percent of his 3-pointers (7-for-17), which was in line with the way he shot the long ball in college at Florida Gulf Coast and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

And then there was the thing Tucker really is known for in Cabarrus County – the dunks.

In his first game, Tucker drew a few “oohs” from the crowd when he drove in for a two-handed power dunk in traffic. But he later upped the ante.

During an 89-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks last Saturday, Tucker dribbled down the court on a fastbreak and dished to a teammate. Moments later, the teammate returned the favor with a high lob pass that soared far above the rim.

It wasn’t a problem for Tucker, who just kept going up, with his elbow easily above the rim, and slammed the ball home.

More “oohs” ensued.

The dunk later came in at No. 4 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Night.

The 21-year-old Tucker was the youngest player on the Bucks’ summer league roster. According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Tucker signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Bucks, which means he’ll have a spot in their training camp after summer league but still has to work to make the roster.

Central Cabarrus graduate Ish Smith, who recently signed with the Washington Wizards, remains the only player with Cabarrus County ties to play a full season in the NBA.

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