2015 LC grad will play in four Summer League games in Las Vegas
LYNDEN — Daulton Hommes became the second Lynden native in recent memory to sign with an NBA team when the 2015 Lynden Christian High School grad inked a deal to be on the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Summer League roster.
The signing came immediately after Hommes, who had been high on the Bucks radar, went unselected in the NBA Draft on Wednesday, June 19.
"It really is just a dream come true," Hommes said. "A lot of hard work put in, and a lot of hard work to still be put in to keep this dream alive. So I'm really excited. I think it's just the best move for me."
He joins Ron Bennink, a 1951 Lynden High School grad, as the only other Lynden native to sign with an NBA team. Bennink was drafted 24th overall in the 1955 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons (now Detroit Pistons).
Hommes is the first Whatcom County player to sign with an NBA team since Blaine’s Luke Ridnour was chosen 14th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2003 NBA draft.
Hommes has yet to solidify his place on the Bucks’ roster. The 2019 NCAA Division II Player of the Year will have to prove himself in a Summer League four-game slate in Las Vegas July 5-15.
The Bucks still have NBA roster spots to be filled, so they'll evaluate his performance during the four games and go from there.
He has three options of staying with the Bucks: One, sign a full roster deal; Two, sign an NBA G League deal where he would basically be in a minor league system for the Bucks; and three, sign a two-way deal where he would split time with the Bucks NBA roster and G League team.
This crossroads only means there's still a lot of grinding yet to be done.
"This isn't the end for me," Hommes said. "The Summer League is going to be a good start for my professional career. I hope to impress a lot of people so I'll have a lot of opportunities here with the Bucks."
His rise to this point took an unlikely route. The now 6-foot-8, 215-pound guard helped Lynden Christian win the state title his freshman year, and then to a fifth-place finish as a starter his sophomore year.
He wouldn’t play a full season for the next three years. Back-to-back left ACL tears sidelined the prospective Lyncs star for his junior and senior years.
"I had a couple years of a detour," Hommes said. "But that's just all it was; a detour."
With zero college offers, he walked on at Western Washington University where he would start all 60 games of two seasons, scoring double figures in 49 of those.
Redshirting his freshman year after three years off from competitive basketball, Hommes put up 12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to earn an all-conference honorable mention. Next season was his breakout year.
The redshirt sophomore blew up for 18.1 points per game, second-highest in the Great Northwest Conference, and led the league with an 88-percent free throw rate. He was a unanimous first-team all-GNAC pick and earned second-team all-West Region.
After the Vikings, heavy favorites to win the GNAC tournament, stumbled in postseason play, Hommes transferred to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego in May 2018.
In just one year at Point Loma, Hommes led the Sea Lions to their first regular-season and postseason PacWest title. The team tied a school-record 31 wins as Hommes carried them to the NCAA Division II title game, scoring 26 points in a loss to Northwest Missouri State last March.
But the groundwork had been laid. Hommes averaged 22 points per game and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from 3-point land, 53 percent from the field and 85 percent from the line. He averaged 31 minutes per game and scored in double digits all 36 games of the season.
Those accolades earned Hommes selection as Division II National Player of the Year. He was No. 22 in Division II scoring and was named Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional.
Also helping him garner national attention, Hommes joined Celtics guard Gordon Hayward as a workout partner last September in La Jolla, California, to help the NBA star rehab from a leg injury.
Despite his own injury setbacks, Hommes’ roaring success seems only natural in that his parents and siblings have also seen triumphs on the court.
His parents, Craig and Annetta Hommes, each played sports for Dordt University in Iowa. Craig competed in basketball and Annetta in volleyball. His older sister, Jasmine, was the Big Sky volleyball MVP in 2016 at Montana State University. At Lynden Christian little sister Torina was a first-team all-state volleyball selection in 2017 and a first-team all-tournament selection in 2018 while helping the Lyncs win their third state title in five years.
Now Daulton will get his shot at becoming the second-ever NBA player from Lynden.
"My story is different than a lot of people out there," Hommes said. "I think it's a testament to God's plan, God's timing and just believing in the process. I'm happy to be where I'm at now."
He declared for the NBA Draft on April 5, telling ESPN he planned on signing an agent. Hommes had one year of college eligibility remaining and ha d the option of returning to play at the college level. He was the 96th-ranked player on ESPN’s top-100 draft list entering the draft.
He signed with the Bucks shortly after the NBA Draft ended on June 19. The Bucks were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2018-19 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Hommes joins one of four players added to the Bucks’ NBA Summer League roster for July 5-15. Hommes opens play against the Philadelphia 76ers at 12:30 p.m. Pacific at the Thomas Mack Center that will be televised on ESPN 2.
This is the NBA Summer League schedule for Hommes and the Bucks:
- Friday, July 5: vs. Philadelphia 76ers at 12:30 p.m. Pacific at the Thomas Mack Center. ESPN2.
- Saturday, July 6: vs. Atlanta Hawks at 2 p.m. Pacific at the Cox Pavilion. NBA TV.
- Monday, July 8: vs. Toronto Raptors at 4 p.m. Pacific at Cox Pavilion. ESPNU.
- Wednesday, July 10: vs. China at 8 p.m. Pacific at Cox Pavilion. NBA TV.