Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Wolves summer league roster set

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves draft news, Wolves players, Wolves training camp, Rookies, Wolves news Updated: July 6, 2010 - 12:09 PM

The Wolves have released their Las Vegas Summer League roster, which is the same as it was last week.

Except now we have uniform numbers.

Wesley Johnson will wear No. 4, which begs a question:

Does that mean the Oleksiy Pecherov Era is over?

Say it ain't so!

The team begins Target Center workouts on Thursday. They play their first of five games in Las Vegas a week from today against San Antonio.

Here's the roster:

TIMBERWOLVES SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER
No.   Player                              Pos.      Ht.      Wt.        Birthdate               From NBA Exp.
5       Mo Charlo                         F          6-7     210       07/22/83               Nevada R
19     Wayne Ellington              G         6-4     200       11/29/87               North Carolina 1
10     Jonny Flynn                      G         6-0     185        02/06/89              Syracuse 1
32     Lazar Hayward                 F         6-6     225       11/26/86               Marquette R
24     Damian Johnson            F         6-7     205        03/09/87              Minnesota R
4        Wesley Johnson             F         6-7     205        07/11/87              Syracuse R
13      Patrick O'Bryant              C         7-0     260        06/20/86              Bradley 4
12      Jeremy Pargo                 G         6-2     220        03/07/86              Gonzaga R
8        Cedric Simmons            F         6-9     235        01/03/86               North Carolina State 3
6        Jamar Smith                   G         6-3     190         04/07/87              Southern Indiana R
34      Greg Stiemsma             C         6-11   260         09/26/85              Wisconsin R
33      Deon Thompson           F          6-9     245         09/16/88              North Carolina R
20      Lawrence Westbrook   G          6-0     195         01/17/88              Minnesota R

 

And if you're interested, here are player bios...


Mo Charlo
Not drafted by an NBA franchise... Averaged 7.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.0 apg during the 2009-10
season with the Reno Bighorns… Started all 50 games in which he played… Shot 48.8% from
the field and 74.3% from the free-throw line… Played with Ramon Sessions for the Nevada Wolf
Pack during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
 

Wayne Ellington
Selected by Minnesota with the 28th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft after his junior season
at the University of North Carolina... Played in 76 games in 2009-10, missing three (Mar. 3-8)
with a sprained left ankle and one (Apr. 7) due to an upper respiratory infection; he also drew a
pair of DNP-CDs… Averaged 6.6 ppg and 2.1 rpg while logging 18.2 mpg; he shot 42.4% from
the field and 87.1% (61-for-70) from the FT line… Ranked 23rd in the NBA -- including 2nd
among rookies behind Stephen Curry -- by hitting 39.5% from three-point range… Reached
double figures 17 times and was the Wolves' top scorer twice... Appeared in five games for the
Timberwolves' entry at the 2009 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 14.4 points per
game while shooting 52.0 percent (13-for-25) from behind the arc... Named Most Outstanding
Player of the 2009 Final Four after leading UNC to a national title in his third and final year at
North Carolina... Earned All-ACC Tournament honors in each of his three collegiate seasons...
Scored in double figures in 95 of 115 career games, including 30 or more points twice...
Finished his career ranked second in UNC history with 229 three-pointers.
 

Jonny Flynn
Selected by Minnesota with the 6th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft... Finished his first NBA
season ranked 5th among the league's rookies in scoring (13.5 ppg), 4th in FT accuracy
(82.6%), 5th in assists (4.4 apg) and 7th in steals (1.01 spg)… Started all 81 of his
appearances, missing the Apr. 14 finale vs. Detroit due to a strained left hip flexor… Averaged
2.4 rpg while logging 28.9 mpg; he shot 41.7% from the floor, including 35.8% (77-for-215)
from three-point range… Was Minnesota's leading scorer on 18 occasions and led in assists
43 times; he recorded 58 double-figure scoring efforts, including a dozen games with 20+…
Appeared in five games for the Timberwolves' entry at the 2009 NBA Summer League in Las
Vegas, averaging team-highs of 15.0 points and 7.4 assists per game while shooting 48.0%
(24-for-50) from the field, 58.3% (7-for-12) from three and 90.0% (20-for-22) from the FT line...
Finished his college career at Syracuse ranked 38th in scoring (1,211 points) and seventh in
assists (439) in Syracuse history... Started all 73 games of his two-year tenure, scoring in
double figures in 64 of those contests... Named All-Big East Second Team following his
sophomore season at Syracuse and also earned AP All-American Honorable Mention honors that
year.
 


Lazar Hayward
Selected in the first round (30th overall pick) by Minnesota in the 2010 NBA Draft... Averaged
18.1 ppg and 7.5 rpg during his senior season at Marquette… Played in 34 games in 2009-10
for the Golden Eagles, recording double-figures in 32 of those contests… Shot 46.9% from the
floor, 82.0% from the line and 35.8% from behind the arc… Earned Second Team All-Big East
and Honorable Mention All-America honors for his efforts… Contributed 16.3 ppg and 8.6 rpg
his junior year (2008-09) while playing 35 games… Played a school-record 138 games in his
four years at Marquette… Finished as Marquette's second all-time leading scorer with 1,859
points and fifth all-time in rebounding with 910 career rebounds.
 

Damian Johnson
Not drafted by an NBA franchise… Shot 49.4% from the field through his career at the
University of Minnesota… Finished his Gopher career ranked second on the Minnesota's alltime
steals list with 195 and third on the all-time block lists with 191… His 64 steals as a
senior this past season ties him for fifth place on the Gophers' single-season list... Finished
his career with averages of 7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 21.6 minutes
per game.
 

Wesley Johnson
Selected in the first round (4th overall pick) by Minnesota in the 2010 NBA Draft... Averaged
16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg, and 1.7 spg, while shooting 50.2% from the field and 41.5% from
three-point range in 2009-10, his lone season of action for Syracuse… Played 35 games,
averaging 35.0 minutes per contest… Scored in double-figures in 32 of those games… Earned
Big East Player of the Year Honors in 2010, becoming the first transfer student from a four-year
school to win the award… Sat out the entire 2008-09 season due to NCAA rules after
transferring from Iowa State… Recorded 12.4 ppg and 4.0 rpg in 2007-08 for Iowa
State…Averaged 12.3 ppg and 7.9 rpg in his freshman year for the Cyclones.
 

Patrick O'Bryant
Selected by Golden State in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft (9th overall)… The Warriors
declined to pick up his third year option prior to the 2007-08 season, which made him an
unrestricted free agent at the end of the season… On March 10, 2008, he was reassigned to
the Bakersfield Jam but was later recalled and rejoined the Warriors for the remainder of the
season… Signed a two-year, $3.12 million contract with the Boston Celtics in July 2008… Was
traded to the Toronto Raptors on February 19, 2009… Entered the 2006 NBA Draft as an early
entry candidate after playing two collegiate seasons at Bradley... Appeared in 52 games (47
starts) in two seasons, averaging 11.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.83 blocks in 24.3 minutes
per contest, while shooting 55.4% (241-435 FG) from the field... Despite playing just two
seasons, left school ranked third on the Braves' all-time blocked shots list (147 -- 10th all-time
in Missouri Valley Conference) and second in career field goal percentage.
 

Jeremy Pargo
Went undrafted at the 2009 NBA Draft… Played for the Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elvon of the Israeli
Basketball Super League during the 2009-10 season… Averaged 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds,
4.5 assists and 2.7 turnovers per game in his first pro year in Israel… Participated in the 2009
Las Vegas NBA Summer League as a member of the Detroit Pistons after playing in the Orlando
Pro Summer League for the Orlando Magic.
 

Cedric Simmons
Drafted by the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets as the 15th overall pick in the 2006 NBA
Draft… Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 29, 2007 and then to the Chicago
Bulls on February 21, 2008… Traded to the Sacramento Kings on February 18, 2009 and joined
the Greek League club of Peristeri Athens in August 2009… Was signed by the Idaho Stampede
of the D-League in December 2009, and finally with the Dongguan Leopards of the Chinese
Basketball Association in January 2010… Has appeared in 75 career NBA games over three
seasons, posting career averages of 2.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 9.4 minutes per game...
Played two seasons of collegiate ball at North Carolina State, averaging 11.8 points, 6.3
rebounds and 1.7 assists as a sophomore during the 2005-06 season.
 

Jamar Smith
Not drafted by an NBA franchise... Named the Basketball Times NCAA Division II Player of the
Year following his senior season at Southern Indiana... Led his team and the Great Lakes Valley
Conference with 21.6 points per game... Finished his career with a USI record 20.2 points per
contest... Averaged 21.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.6 apg and 1.2 spg, while shooting 46.5% from the
field and 42.7% from the three-point range in 2009-10, his second season for Southern Indiana
and fourth season playing college hoops… Set the USI single game (10) and season record
(108) for three-point field goals made... Named All-American by Basketball Times, Division II
Bulletin, NABC, and Daktronics... Was named first team All-Region and the Midwest Region
Player of the Year, as well as the GLVC Player of the Year.
 

Greg Stiemsma
Played with the NBDL's Sioux Falls Skyforce for the 2009-10 season before earning a call-up to
the Timberwolves on April 13, 2010… Averaged 8.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and a league-leading
3.6 blocks in 45 games (44 starts) for the Skyforce… Shot 54.1% from the field… Averaged
15.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks in three playoff games for Sioux Falls… Played his
collegiate ball at the University of Wisconsin, averaging 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 95
games. He finished fifth on Wisconsin's all-time blocked shots list with 96.
 

Deon Thompson
Not drafted by an NBA franchise at the 2010 NBA Draft... Played four years at the University of
North Carolina… Set the NCAA all-time career games played record with 152… Averaged 13.7
ppg and 6.7 rpg during the 2009-10 season... Led his team in scoring and ranked second in
rebounding as a senior... Earned NIT All-Tournament honors after averaging 14.2 points and 9.6
rebounds in five games... Played for Team USA in the summer of 2007 in the Under 19 World
Championships in Serbia, where he was the team’s leading rebounder (6.1 rpg) and thirdleading
scorer (10.0 ppg).
 

Lawrence Westbrook
Not drafted by an NBA franchise... Played four season at the University of Minnesota, finishing
his career with the third-best free-throw percentage in school history (80.7%)... His 1,199
career points was good for 20th on the Gophers' all-time list... Finished his career as
Minnesota's all-time leading scorer in Big Ten Tournament games after tallying 97 points in 10
appearances... Averaged 12.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.2 apg while shooting 47.1% from the field
and 41.1% from three-point range as a senior.

 

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