Expect Terrence Shannon Jr.'s full repertoire in the NBA Summer League

The Illinois basketball team has several former players in the NBA Summer League this offseason.

It's exciting to see Marcus Domask find his feet with the Chicago Bulls. Illini fans loved him during his lone season in Champaign, and his work ethic should translate into touches in the Association.

Domask's running mate in Illinois, Terrence Shannon Jr., will also play in the NBA Summer League.

Shannon was a more obvious Summer League participant, as he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round with pick No. 27 in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Minnesota will also have some familiar faces on its Summer League roster. Shannon was drafted by the Timberwolves, which was the second pick of the draft for the franchise. The first pick was No. 8 overall, and Minnesota selected Rob Dillingham. He will join Shannon on the roster.

Illinois fans also know former Wisconsin star Tyler Wahl. He too will fight for a spot on the Timberwolves' roster in the offseason.

It was great to see Illinois land a first-round NBA draft pick. Meyers Leonard was the last Illini selected in the first round, and that was in 2012. Shannon earned that first-round spot, and I think Minnesota fans will soon get to see a full dose of what this kid has to offer.

There are three ways Shannon can attack an opponent, and all three ways are extremely effective. The first is in transition. The NBA is a transition-style game, and Shannon can get into the open court and go on offense with the best of the best. I would argue that Shannon is at his best when he plays transition basketball.

Shannon's second way of attacking an opponent is by dribbling. On defense, you can't let him fall asleep. Shannon can get past you with a quick first step. Once he gets that lead, you can't recover because he's a strong layup player.

Finally, the improved three-point shooting is the third way Shannon will attack an opponent. Typically, slashers and players who can get to the basket are not the best three-point shooters. However, that is not the case here. Shannon improved his three-point percentage from 32.1% to 36.2% in his final two seasons at Illinois. He also set a career-high 6.7 three-point attempts in the 2023-24 season.

I expect Shannon to show his full potential in the NBA Summer League. He can attack from many different positions and Minnesota fans should get ready for this ride.

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