|This shot didn't fall, but Marcus did get the foul call|
Because of the tireless work of your humble editors here at G:TB, you're no doubt aware that Marcus Thornton enters his second season as a professional player with some work to do. W&M's all-time leading scorer struggled with consistency and his shot in his first season as a pro in both Australia and the D-League. He's playing once again with the Celtics' summer league team, starting and scoring 10 points in 21 minutes against Utah on Tuesday.
Thornton looked reasonably comfortable on offense, but got a shot blocked by Marcus Paige on an attempted step-back jumper, and missed his only three-point attempt. He worked harder on defense than I'd seen him do in the past, closing out on ballhandlers and fighting through screens. He's still got work to do there, though, and in distributing the ball from the point. I'm no expert, but my guess is that he's got a long and fruitful career as a foreign pro ahead of him, though the NBA may be a bridge too far.
Do-everything small forward Terry Tarpey's likely to follow Thornton and Sheldon into the foreign professional ranks, but he's taking a summer detour first. Tarpey, born in Pouissy, France while his father played there in the 80s, is eligible to represent Les Blues in international competition. He tried out and made the French Team A (which, ironically, is actually the nation's B team) and flew to Beijing with the squad to participate in the annual Stankovic Cup. France won its first two games, defeating a partial Argentina squad, 64-57, and topping China's full Olympic side, 63-48. Since box scores are next to impossible to find and I've only got a few minutes here, I can't tell you how Tarpey did. But he looks happy in this picture (he's number 13, far right).
Tarpey's French citizenship will be a boon in his professional career, as he will qualify as a European for the purposes of roster composition. He'll have to learn French, he says, but that's a small price to pay.
More to come, as we learn to navigate foreign websites and read Romanian.