After months of preparing for a professional career, the America East's best pro prospect, Jameel Warney, finally signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Dallas Mavericks last week.
It was seemingly a matter of time before someone picked up the three-time America East Player of the Year, and after an impressive Summer League, it was the Mavs who finally did it. Warney was undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, but was given a shot with Dallas over the summer.
He played in all six of the Mavs' games, averaging 6.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in just 16.5 minutes per game. He led the team in field goal percentage, shooting .593 from the floor and .875 from the foul line, and his 4.5 offensive rebounds per game led the entire Las Vegas Summer League.
While Warney's numbers aren't quite what he put up in his Stony Brook uniform, the offense wasn't exactly run through him either.
"it is also worth noting that Dallas never ran offense through him, yet he still shot 60 percent from the field, and in the only two games that he saw over 20 minutes in, Warney averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds (16 of the 20 rebounds were of the offensive variety)."
While he isn't on the roster yet, he will be heading to Maverick's training camp in September, where he will be given the chance to become the first Seawolf to make an NBA roster. Despite his incredible talent and opportunities, Warney is still as humble as eve,r according to Newsday.
"If I make the cut," he said, "I’m on the team and we’ll go from there, it means a lot because of all the hard work I put in."
With the backing of his former Seawolf teammates and the masses of fans he’s accumulated over the years, Warney will definitely have the support system to help him pursue his NBA dreams.