The NBA Draft came and went last week. As most NBA Draft predictions said, Tre Demps and Alex Olah did not hear their names called. However, this did not come as a surprise to Northwestern fans. They patiently waited for the NBA Summer League rosters to be revealed.
That's when they're dreams became reality.
Alex Olah's news came first. Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reported the news Friday morning.
Alex Olah, Northwestern's all-time leading shot blocker, playing summer league with Pelicans, will then join Romanian National Team after.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 24, 2016
Alex Olah had an incredible career at Northwestern. As Jake Fischer said, he is the all-time leading shot blocker for the Wildcats. He was on track to have a big senior season, before facing a stress fracture in his left foot at the end of December. Although his senior season was not all he hoped it could be, he showed that he has a strong post presence on the offensive and defensive ends of the ball. He's seven feet tall, which is a great height for a center in the NBA.
After Olah plays in the Summer League for the Pelicans, he will head to Romania to play for the Romanian National Team.
Dell Demps, the father of former teammate Tre Demps, is the general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans.
On Monday, June 27th, Tre Demps' news was announced to Twitter.
Congratulations Tre Demps for signing with the @chicagobulls Summer League team!— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) June 27, 2016
Priority Sports is Tre Demps' management firm. Tre Demps worked out for the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the NBA Draft.
Demps is a streaky shooter and is known for his ability to make plays on the floor in a short amount of time. His ability to create offense in a short amount of time will be an asset to him as he looks for a spot on an NBA roster. Demps was the leading scorer at all three games of the Portsmouth Invitational this past spring. Demps will play alongside former Big Ten rivals Rasheed Sulaimon and Dez Wells from Maryland. Demps may also play alongside former Michigan State guard, Denzel Valentine. Valentine was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft with pick number fourteen.
After the summer league, both Alex Olah and Tre Demps will have the opportunity to get picked up by an NBA roster. But will they?
That's a good question.
With their size and athletic ability, both Tre Demps and Alex Olah will have the opportunity to get picked up. If they show they are consistent with what they bring to the floor, coaches will see their value. As Tre Demps stated in an article he wrote for CBS, he believes he has NBA talent. He hopes coaches on NBA teams will see his talent as a player.
Both Alex Olah and Tre Demps had incredible careers at Northwestern. Now their dreams of playing professional basketball are starting to come true.