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Alex Olah to play in Summer League with New Orleans, then play for Romanian National Team, per report

It'll be a busy summer

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After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, former Northwestern big man Alex Olah has joined the New Orleans Pelicans' Summer League team, per Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.

The 7-footer struggled with a foot injury in his senior year, but overall had a very solid career in Evanston. He is the program's all-time leader in blocks, he has a decent touch from the outside, and he developed into a vocal and emotional leader during his time as a Wildcat. Athleticism and aggressiveness are his biggest issues, and he will have to improve his physicality to hang in the NBA. But he is, at least, getting his chance to make an impression.

Olah worked out with the Bulls this summer, but it was the Pelicans who ultimately decided to add him to their Summer League roster. New Orleans will play in the Las Vegas Summer League, which runs from July 8-18. The Pelicans' general manager, Dell Demps, is the father of Olah's former teammate, Tre Demps.

Following the Summer League's conclusion, Olah will turn his focus to the Romanian national team, for which he has played for several years at the youth and senior levels. Romania did not qualify for the Olympic Games.