Gerald Beverly, who led Daemen College's men's basketball team to the USCAA national championship in 2015, will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers team in the 2017 National Basketball Association Summer League, July 7-17, in Las Vegas. Games will be played at Cox Pavilion and Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the Universityof Nevada-Las Vegas.
"I am beyond excited for the opportunity to play in the NBA Summer League," said Beverly, who spent the 2016-17 season playing for the Canton Charge, Cleveland's NBA Developmental League affiliate. "I came close to an invite out of school, but it didn't pan out. Last summer I was rehabbing from an injury so I couldn't go, but this year I'm truly grateful for the opportunity. I want to go out there and showcase what I can do, maybe turn some heads and show that I can play at that level."
Beverly, 6-foot-8, 235 pounds from Gates-Chili High in Rochester, appeared in 40 regular season games for Canton last season, averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game, while shooting 59.2 percent from the field.
A 2015 Daemen graduate, Beverly left as one of the school's all-time greats. He's one of only two players in Daemen history to score more than 1,000 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds. He ranks fifth all-time in total points (1,799), second in total rebounds (1,004) and first in total blocks (330). He was a two-time East Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year selection, while also earning first-team All-ECC honors in both his junior and senior seasons.