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Juwan Morgan gets a shot with Utah

The forward’s professional career will begin at the NBA Summer League next month, where he’ll try to earn a roster spot

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Indiana
Juwan Morgan (13) speaks to fans on Senior Day after a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Assembly Hall.
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In recent years Hoosier fans have seen stars go undrafted. In 2016 Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams didn’t get a call during the NBA Draft, but it didn’t take them long afterward to figure out where they’d begin their pro careers.

On Thursday night Juwan Morgan didn’t hear his name called, but like Ferrell and Williams before him he’s found a landing spot. Early Friday morning it was reported that Morgan has agreed to a deal with the Utah Jazz as an undrafted free agent. The terms of the deal have yet to be announced.

As a senior, the forward averaged 15.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while also serving as a captain for the Hoosiers. Against Jacksonville he recorded the first triple-double for IU since Steve Downing did it in 1971. Another memorable game from his senior season came in the Crossroads Classic. Against the Butler Bulldogs he put up 35 points as the Hoosiers won on a buzzer beater.

What Morgan has going for him as he begins his professional career is his versatility as well as a high motor. He’s a guy that can guard multiple positions and rebound well. He needs to work on his jump shot, which we’ve seen flashes of in recent years but he never put together a full season of being a truly reliable threat from deep.

Now as a member of the Jazz, Morgan will likely head to the Summer League where he’ll try to earn himself a roster spot whether it’s in the NBA, the G-League or a mixture of both as a two-way player.