LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas, two of the stalwarts on Bucknell's recent championship men's basketball teams and the last two Patriot League Players of the Year, will be auditioning for pro careers in the NBA Summer League next month. Foulland will play with the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Thomas will be with the Utah Jazz.
Wishing all the best to Nana Foulland & Zach Thomas, who will both be playing in the @NBASummerLeague in July! Nana will be with the @Timberwolves and Zach with the @utahjazz. #rayBucknell— Bucknell Athletics (@Bucknell_Bison) June 26, 2018
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Foulland, a 6'10" center who was the 2017 Patriot League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, as well as the 2018 PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year, will play with the Timberwolves in Las Vegas from July 6-17. The team opens play on July 6 against the Denver Nuggets at Cox Pavilion. Teams in Las Vegas play three preliminary games before beginning a tournament that culminates with a championship game on July 17. All teams play at least five games.
Minnesota's preliminary games against Denver (July 6, 11 p.m. ET) and Toronto (July 8, 3 p.m. ET) will be televised on NBA TV, and the July 9 (11 p.m. ET) game against Brooklyn will air on ESPNU.
Foulland was a three-time All-Patriot League selection who graduated with 1,754 points, fourth-most in school history and most among all active college centers last season. He also graduated ranked third in Bucknell history in blocked shots (212), fifth in rebounds (907) and third in field-goal percentage (.579).
As a senior, Foulland averaged a career-high 15.2 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He ranked fifth in the Patriot League in scoring, third in rebounding, fourth in field-goal percentage, and second in blocked shots.
Thomas, the 6'7" forward who was the 2018 Patriot League Player of the Year, will be with the Jazz when they host three Summer League games on July 2, 3 and 5 at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah will play San Antonio on July 2 at 9 p.m. ET, Memphis on July at 9 p.m. ET, and Atlanta on July 5 at 9 p.m. ET. All three games will be televised on NBA TV.
Thomas, a biomedical engineering major at Bucknell, led the Patriot League in both scoring (20.5) and rebounding (9.1) in 2017-18 while leading the Bison to another Patriot League championship. He broke school single-season records for points (716), free throws made (241), free throws attempted (310), 20-point games (18) and 30-point games (4). Thomas scored 27 points against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament earlier this month. Thomas finished his career with 1,738 points, fifth-most in Bucknell history. His 796 rebounds rank 10th all-time.
Thomas participated in the Reese's College All-Star Game in San Antonio during Final Four Weekend, and he earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors while also earning a spot on the CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson All-America Team.
Led by a sensational senior class comprised of Foulland, Thomas and Stephen Brown, the Bison won the Patriot League regular-season title for an unprecedented fourth straight year, and for the seventh time in the last eight years. Bucknell topped Colgate 83-54 in the Patriot League Tournament championship game, which resulted in the eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. The Bison fell to third-seeded Michigan State 82-78 in the first round and finished the year 25-10.