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Wall, Bledsoe will go head-to-head immediately

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MBSK 09_10 UK_Vandy Web 42.jpgNow that the NBA Draft is officially in the books, it's time for the former Kentucky basketball players and current NBA rookies to look ahead to their first action as professional athletes.

For two of them, however, the first action of their careers will present a familiar face in a very peculiar position.

The NBA announced its NBA Summer League schedule prior to the draft and former UK guards John Wall (No. 1 overall pick to the Washington Wizards) and Eric Bledsoe (No. 18 overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder; traded to the Los Angeles Clippers) will play each other immediately in the NBA Summer League.

The July 12 matchup in Las Vegas will pit last year's UK guard duo against each other in a much-anticipated exhibition game. It will be just the second game of Wall's professional career while marking the NBA debut of Bledsoe.

That's quite a showdown for two former teammates that called themselves "brothers" during the UK season.

Wall and Bledsoe signed with Kentucky within weeks of each last year. Upon the signing of Wall, many wondered how two of the nation's top point guards could co-exist in the same offense.

Instead of clashing, the two flourished together. In coming together as teammates and as friends, the two not only played together but started together. Wall, as many predicted, won All-America honors en route to being named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. Bledsoe took no backseat, averaging 11.3 points while hitting a team-best 38.3 percent of his 3-point shots in his freshman campaign.

But now, despite their stellar freshman seasons together, the dynamic duo will put on alternate uniforms and go head-to-head in the summer league. Some people in and around college basketball and even in the NBA have said that Bledsoe is every bit as good as Wall and would have made a much bigger splash nationally had he not been overshadowed by Wall's presence at Kentucky.

On July 12, when the two battle each other for early supremacy in the NBA, we might find out if that's true.

In addition the initial Wall-Bledsoe matchup, you can find out the full NBA Summer League schedule and where all of this year's UK draftees will start their professional careers at DeMarcus Cousins (fifth pick overall) and the Sacramento Kings will begin play July 12 against the Detroit Pistons while Patrick Patterson (14th overall) and the Houston Rockets debut July 9.

Daniel Orton's Orlando Magic will not participate in the summer league in Las Vegas but will be playing in Orlando, Fla., in a separate league.

The Orlando games are set to start as early as Monday. The Las Vegas games will kick off July 9.

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