Los Angeles Lakers Sign Greg Somogyi and Reeves Nelson

By Kaylyn Neely

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers issued a press release announcing that they have signed two new additions to the team. The Lakers will be adding rookies Greg Somogyi and Reeves Nelson to their training camp roster.

Terms of the agreements were not released, per Lakers team policy.

Somogyi is a 7-3 center out of UC Santa Barbara. He caught the Lakers’ eye while playing for the 2012 Lakers Summer League team in Las Vegas, where he averaged 1.2 points, 1.6 rebounds in 7.2 minutes.

During his four year college basketball career at UC Santa Barbara, Somogyi posted career averages of 3.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 12.2 minutes.

Nelson, like so many players before him, played college ball at UCLA. The 6-8 forward was also a member of the Lakers 2012 Summer League team. Nelson averaged 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16.3 minutes of play during summer league.

In college, following his sophomore year, Nelson was named to the All- PAC 10 first team. While at UCLA, he played in 68 games, averaging 12.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27.0 minutes.

Although Nelson is extremely talented, the Lakers are taking a risk by signing the forward. According to SportsNet, Nelson was undrafted after being dismissed from UCLA’s basketball program in December of last year due to multiple suspensions. In addition, a Sports Illustrated feature would report him to be a bully. Nelson is currently suing the publication over the article.

Lakers training camp begins on October 2 and preseason on October 7.

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