Former Boston University star Javante McCoy shines in Summer League


“I don’t doubt my skills at all. I know I belong here.”

Javante McCoy drives past Brady Manek and JT Thor. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Entering Summer League action, former Boston University standout Javante McCoy was a relatively unremarkable prospect outside of Patriot League circles.

He’s made a name for himself nationally in recent weeks, averaging 10 points on 51 percent shooting in just 18.7 minutes in six games for the summer Lakers. Fans everywhere are beginning to admire a player that Case Gymnasium regulars have admired for years.

He finished one night at the Summer League with 15 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes. Another one, he scored 14 points, seven assists and four rebounds. He did a little bit of everything and consistently flaunted silky and comfortable moves.

Scoring big is nothing new for the 24-year-old McCoy, a 6-foot-5 shooter who attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He was the catalyst as the Terriers qualified for the 2020 NCAA Tournament. He averaged 17.4 points per game last season and earned first-team All-Patriot League honors.

Even so, he realized that it was unlikely that he would hear his name called during the night. According to Real GM, five BU players have spent time in the NBA: Raja Bell, Ken Boyd, Jim Garvin, John Holland and Gary Blummer. Bell had a long career, while everyone else played four years or less.

McCoy, who grew up in Milwaukee and started his high school career in Texas, didn’t let his undrafted status stop him from pursuing his dream. If anything, it spurred him on even more.

He recently signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Lakers, according to The Boston Globeis Greg Levinsky, which guarantees him an invitation to the training camp. Only time will tell how his NBA career will play out, but he’s grateful for the opportunity to prove himself.

In the meantime, he’s thrilled to be doing what he loves on the big Summer League stage.

“It’s a blessing, a dream come true,” McCoy said The Boston Globe Gary Washburn. “I don’t doubt my skills at all. I know I belong here. I know I can get where I want to go. It’s just a matter of going out there and making the most of your opportunities.”

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