2014 NBA Draft: Casey Prather to go to summer league with Atlanta Hawks

Mike Ehrmann

Florida's dunker extraordinaire is heading to the team that plays in the Highlight Factory.

Former Florida forward Casey Prather will play with the Atlanta Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League, The Gainesville Sun's Kevin Brockway reported late Friday.

Prather was the least likely of Florida's three prospective NBA Draft picks — Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, and Patric Young — to be selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, thanks to a limited offensive game that lacks the sort of shooting touch to stick in the NBA as a shooting guard, and a lack of height that makes sticking as anything but a tweener wing unlikely. But it's good to see him get picked up, especially by a team that mostly lacks players with Prather's sublime athleticism — and one that employs another Gator, Al Horford.

If Prather sticks with the Hawks, they would be one of two teams in the NBA with multiple Florida products on their roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season, joining the Golden State Warriors, who currently have David Lee and Marreese Speights under contract. (The Memphis Grizzlies currently have Mike Miller and Nick Calathes on their roster, but Miller will be a free agent in a week.)

With Prather's agreement with the Hawks in place, all three of Florida's NBA hopefuls from the Gators' storied 2014 senior class have NBA shots lined up; Young and Wilbekin agreed to summer league deals on Friday. Will Yeguete, the fourth senior in the class, has returned to France, and is likely to pursue a professional career in Europe.

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