Siler will get his shot at pro career

Garret Siler never gave up hope after failing to get selected in last week's NBA Draft.

And the NBA didn't give up hope on the former Augusta State All-American center, either.

Siler will get an extended look when he plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League, on July 10-19, in Las Vegas.

The 7-foot, 278-pound Siler is one of two centers on the 12-man roster.

"My agent just said Minnesota is really looking at me and really wanted me on their summer league team," Siler said. "I'm just trying to use the opportunity to show myself off."

Siler will depart Augusta next week. He'll participate in two days of practice before playing in Minnesota's first game July 12. The Timberwolves, one of 20 NBA squads and a developmental team in the league, play only five contests. The season ends July 19.

Augusta State coach Dip Metress said Siler will have a chance to impress every head coach and every general manager in the NBA, as well as multiple European team scouts.

"This is a great thing," Metress said. "It increases his chances to make more money."

Lance Young, Siler's agent and senior director at Octagon Basketball, said Siler came close to getting drafted last week but lacked exposure.

He added it was a struggle just to arrange six NBA pre-draft workouts for Siler.

"One of the biggest challenges was trying to get his name out there," Young said. "I think he's good enough. He can be a backup center in the NBA for 10 to 15 years."

Siler will get another NBA look when he attends Atlanta's minicamp, scheduled to be held July 21-25. The Hawks, who do not have a summer league team, likely will have between 10 and 20 free agents in their minicamp, Young said.

Siler, 22, set the NCAA career record for field-goal percentage. This past season, he shot 79 percent from the floor, averaging 16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks a game.

Siler helped lead Augusta State to the Division II national championship game during his junior season.

This year, he helped the Jaguars to a 30-5 record and an appearance in the Division II Final Four.

Siler finished his collegiate career seventh in school history in scoring (1,599 points).

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.

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