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Former Stephen F. Austin star Thomas Walkup signs training camp deal with Chicago Bulls

The former Lumberjack is getting ready to play on a slightly bigger stage

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Former Stephen F. Austin forward Thomas Walkup has signed a training camp deal with the Chicago Bulls, he announced this week on his personal Instagram.

Walkup and his awesome beard were last seen carrying the Lumberjacks to a first-round upset over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. But while that may have been the first time some fans have heard of him, the two-time Southland Player of the Year was a consistent star in Nacogdoches. He averaged 18.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior and shot 82 percent from the line.

He went undrafted, but will now compete for one of two remaining roster spots on the 2016-17 Bulls. At just 6’4, it’s unlikely Walkup would see much time, if any, at small forward in the NBA, but he could be a serviceable backup at shooting guard, playing behind Dwyane Wade. He may have to beat out former Georgetown guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera for a spot on the team.