Lane Wins NBA Summer League Title With Sacramento
July 23, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine alum Brendan Lane won a championship in his first experience in professional basketball, as his Sacramento Kings captured the NBA Summer League title in Las Vegas on Monday night.
Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS), a 6-foot-9 forward, had a workout with the Kings prior to the NBA Draft, and impressed Sacramento's coaching staff enough to be given an opportunity to compete for his hometown team in the summer league.
"It was a lot of fun," Lane said. "To go through these two weeks to get the championship was definitely worth it."
Lane played in five of the Kings' seven games and averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.2 minutes off the bench, and shot 63.6% from the field.
"I knew going in that it was going to be tough getting playing time because there were a lot of guys who were already on the Kings' roster, more than most teams," he said. "But the mini-camp helped me get comfortable playing with them. I thought I might get some playing time, and I was happy with what I got."
His best performance came in the quarterfinals against Chicago, when he scored 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting, while also gathering five rebounds, one steal and one block in 17 minutes.
After that performance, Sacramento Coach Michael Malone told the media: "Brendan Lane played great tonight. So happy for him. Great kid, smart kid, hard worker, battles, has toughness."
In the quarterfinal and semifinal, the Kings were a combined +32 on the scoreboard when Lane was on the floor.
Unfortunately, he sprained an ankle during the fourth quarter of the Kings' semifinal win against Washington on Sunday night, and was unable to play in Monday's championship game, a 77-68 victory over Houston.
Lane hopes to determine the next stage in his young professional career soon.
"I'm going to talk to my agent this week and set up a game plan with him," he said. "Hopefully I can get an invite to training camp with the Kings or another team. We'll discuss options to play overseas too."
Lane played one season for the Waves and was named the West Coast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14. He averaged 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 54.7% from the field for Pepperdine, and helped the squad to its best season in a decade. He also made the All-WCC honorable mention team and was a WCC All-Academic first team selection.
"My time at Pepperdine meant a lot," he said. "Two years ago, if you told me I would be here right now, I wouldn't have believed you. Pepperdine gave me the confidence to develop as a player and as a person."
He had one of the best shot-blocking seasons in school history, leading the WCC and ranking 36th nationally with 2.4 blocks per game. Both his average and total of 73 blocks rank third on Pepperdine's single-season lists. He ended the season with an active streak of 19 consecutive games with a block, the second-longest run in school history.
Lane began his college career at UCLA and graduated after three years. He then spent the last two years at Pepperdine, redshirting the first before utilizing his final season of eligibility this past year. He completed his master's degree in applied finance this spring.