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Former Wildcat made headlines at NBA Summer League

A former Chico State basketball player made headlines at this year's NBA Summer League.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 7:23 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- A former Chico State basketball player made a name for himself and his former school at this year's NBA Summer League. 

Announcers for ESPN gave Michael Bethea Jr. and Chico State a shoutout during one of their broadcasts. 

"When I heard that I felt good because a lot of people that play D-II basketball get overlooked or not looked at at all and there's a lot of talent there in the D-2 level," said Bethea.

Michael Bethea Jr. played for Chico State from 2016 to 2017. In that season, the team went 15-5 in conference play as well as made an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. 

"I brought a lot of energy to the team," said Bethea. "And just a different mindset that we can win. We can go there. We can do it all."

After Bethea's stint with Chico State, he went on to play in the NBA G-League with the Stockton Kings. As of now, he plays with the Grand Rapid Drive, the Detroit Pistons affiliate. 

This summer, Bethea was invited to play in the NBA Summer League with the Detroit Pistons. 

"It was a great experience," said Bethea. "It felt like I was in the NBA for the summer, that was pretty cool. Signing autographs, taking pictures and stuff like that."

"Never let somebody put you in a box," said Bethea. "Just work hard, work hard and you'll be able to get it and obtain the goal that you want." 

As of now, Bethea is still working hard to obtain his goal of playing in the NBA. 

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