Vincent Edwards and Gary Clark are both officially Houston Rockets.
The pair with extensive Southwest Ohio connections signed contracts this week prior to the start of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where both will be suiting up.
Edwards, a Middletown native who played at Purdue, was a second-round pick in last month’s NBA draft while Clark joined the Rockets as a free agent.
Both are 6-foot-8, 225-pound four-year college standouts who showed a lot of versatility during their amateur days.
Edwards was a second-team All-Big Ten pick who averaged 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Boilermakers.
Clark averaged 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks while starting a school-record 137 games for the Bearcats. He was the AAC Player of the Year last season and tabbed the conference’s best defensive player twice.
R.J. Hunter, a Georgia State standout, is also on the Rockets’ summer league roster. He is the son of Dayton native and Miami University star Ron Hunter.
Among other players with local connections playing in the Vegas Summer League are Scoochie Smith (Dayton, Cavaliers), Kostas Antetokounmpo (Dayton, Mavericks), Charles Cook (Dayton, Timberwolves) and Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State, Timberwolves).