Former LMU Star Anthony Ireland is Battling to Make the NBA
After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, Anthony Ireland is now competing for a roster spot on the Los Angeles Lakers summer league team, with hopes of accomplishing his lifelong dream – making it into the NBA.
“I just want to show that I’m capable of guarding full court and that I can make other players around me better.” Ireland told HoopsScoop after finishing a team practice on Monday morning.
“When I come in the game I’m trying to make an impact immediately. I just want to change the tempo and get guys open shots and just play my role. I feel like I’ve done a really good job of showing that so far.”
The senior point guard from Loyola Marymount University is coming off another impressive season, holding averages of 18.6 points, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game which were all team highs. He also earned First-Team WCC All-Conference honors this year as well as the WCC Player of the Week Award twice.
Even though the Lakers currently have three point guards on the roster including rookie Jordan Clarkson who plays both guard positions, bringing in a guy like Ireland to fill out the depth chart would be beneficial for the team, given Steve Nash’s injury issues over the last few years.
Although undersized at 5-10, Ireland has proven to be a lights out scorer during his four year tenure with LMU, leading the team in points per game for the last 3 seasons while shooting a respectable 34.5 percent from behind the arc.
“I’m an aggressive point guard that can come in and provide a spark off of the bench… I just want to play my role and continue to increase my level of play every time I step on the court.”
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