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NBA Summer League tips off Friday for Jordan Taylor, former Badgers

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Four Badgers will compete in the 2012 NBA Summer League, with the hopes of earning an invitation to an NBA training camp this coming fall. Brian Butch, Marcus Landry, Kammron Taylor and recent graduate Jordan Taylor will look to showcase their talents in front of numerous NBA scouts and GMs during the five-game, two-week slate, which is set to begin Friday, July 13th at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NBA TV will televise all 60 games, including 39 live from both the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion in Las Vegas. Games will also be available online at NBA.com.

Brian Butch (2004-08) - Milwaukee Bucks
If there is one thing for certain regarding Butch and his NBA career, it is that he is persistent. After ending his last two NBA Summer League experiences earlier than expected due to injury, Butch returns looking to make up for time lost. Following graduation, the Appleton, Wis., native began his professional career in China before leaving for the Greek League later that season.

Butch eventually landed with the NBDL's Bakersfield Jam, serving as the team's starting center and earning a spot on the D-League Western Conference All-Star team. The 7-footer also spent time with the Denver Nuggets before returning to the Jam in 2010.

Schedule (All time CT):
Monday, July 16: Milwaukee vs. New Orleans (9:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 18: Milwaukee vs. Washington (3 p.m.)
Thursday, July 19: Milwaukee vs. NBA D-League (9 p.m.)
Saturday, July 21: Milwaukee vs. Boston (9:30 p.m.)
Sunday, July 22: Milwaukee vs. Chicago (3 p.m.)

Marcus Landry (2006-09) - Phoenix Suns
Landry began his NBA career as an undrafted free agent, earning an invite to the New York Knicks training camp and a spot on their 15-man roster at the beginning of the 2009-10 season. After being traded to Boston later in the season, the Celtics assigned Landry to the Maine Red Claws of the NBDL for the remainder of the season. Landry later spent time with the D-League's Reno Bighorns, teaming up with current New York Knick, Jeremy Lin. The Milwaukee, Wis., native spent last season playing in France for the BCM Gravelines.

Schedule (All time CT):
Sunday, July 15: Phoenix vs. New York (3 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 17: Phoenix vs. Cleveland (7:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 18: Phoenix vs. New Orleans (7:30 p.m.)
Friday, July 20: Phoenix vs. NBA D-League (9 p.m.)
Saturday, July 21:
Phoenix vs. Memphis (9 p.m.)

Jordan Taylor (2009-2012) - Atlanta Hawks
After concluding a polished career with the Badgers that included earning All-America mention in consecutive years, Taylor begins his pro career with the Atlanta Hawks summer league organization. An undrafted free agent, Taylor earned numerous summer league offers, choosing to sign with the Hawks. Taylor will try to impress GMs at this week's summer league in the hopes of beginning his professional career at the highest level of basketball.

Schedule (All time CT):
Friday, July 13: Atlanta vs. Washington (3 p.m.)
Sunday, July 15: Atlanta vs. San Antonio (7 p.m.)
Monday, May 16: Atlanta vs. Boston (3 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 18: Atlanta vs. Dallas (7 p.m.)
Thursday, July 19: Atlanta vs. Portland (5 p.m.)

Kammron Taylor (2004-07) - Minnesota Timberwolves
Taylor returns to the U.S. after spending this past season in Ukraine where he averaged 14.6 points and 3.6 assists. The former second-team All-Big Ten honoree enjoyed stints in France, Hungary, Turkey and Spain following his UW career and now the Minneapolis native will look to build his NBA stock while playing for his hometown team.

Schedule (All times CT):
Monday, July 16:
Minnesota vs. LA Clippers (9 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 17: Minnesota vs. Charlotte (9:30 p.m.)
Thursday, July 19: Minnesota vs. Cleveland (7 p.m.)
Saturday, July 21: Minnesota vs. NBA D-League (7 p.m.)
Sunday, July 22: Minnesota vs. Memphis (7 p.m.)

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