Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Foster goes off for 17 in Mavs' win

Shan Foster made the most of his first start in the Las Vegas Summer League, scoring 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting as Dallas defeated Minnesota 88-74 Monday night.

Vanderbilt's all-time leading scorer has displayed a well-rounded game early on. Foster only attempted three 3-point field goals, making one, against the Timberwolves and added three rebounds. It also looks like he guarded former Gator Corey Brewer, who scored 11 points but needed 18 shots to do it.

Through three games, Foster is averaging 8.7 points on 53 percent shooting, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. While he hasn't solidified a roster spot quite yet, I'd imagine that the Mavs are pleased with his performance.

David Thorpe of Scouts Inc. has been grading the rookie class and ranks Foster 35th in his top 50. Thorpe said that Foster couldn't have landed in a better situation. "SEC Player of the Year lucked out in Round 2 -- he's on a team that needs young energy guys who can shoot."

Foster returns to action Wednesday night at 5 p.m. CT, while Matt Freije (Milwaukee) plays tonight at 5 p.m. CT and Derrick Byars (New Orleans) will follow at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Photo [NBA.com]

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