For the last time this school year, it’s time to catch up on the status of notable University of Cincinnati basketball alums currently embarking on careers.
Gary Clark (2014-18), Jacob Evans III (2015-18) and Troy Caupain (2013-17) each made the final cut to be included in their respective NBA team’s playoff squads.
Gary “The Problem” Clark – Houston Rockets
Former University of Cincinnati forward Gary Clark, 11, is due for a free throw in the first half of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament against Nevada on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Clark is on the Rockets playoff roster after being recalled on April 13 by G-League partner Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
In 51 regular season games, Clark averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.6 minutes. He appeared in seven G-League games averaging 12 points and seven rebounds in 30.3 minutes.
Clark is expected to stay with the Rockets for the next season as he signed a two-way contract for $ 3.7 million for three years in October 2018. Not bad for a 24 year old striker.
The two-way contract is designed to help younger players progress as they can split the time between NBA teams and their G-League partners.
Jacob Evans – Golden State Warriors
Jacob Evans (1) on the arch during the men’s basketball game at BB&T Arena on December 12, 2017.
Evans was recalled by the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors on April 3rd and has spent the past few weeks on the Golden State bench.
He played a career height of 37 minutes in Golden State’s 112-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on April 9, scoring 11 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Evans had his hand in history during the win when he hit the 1,078. The Regular Season Warrior’s three-pointers knocked down – a franchise record.
Evans recorded his first playoff minutes in Golden State’s third game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, ending with five points in seven minutes.
After being selected in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft, Evans signed a rookie-scale contract and is expected to make nearly $ 2 million over the next season.
The Warriors have a “team option” to terminate Evans’ 2020-21 and 2021-22 contracts, so his future is not yet determined.
Troy Caupain – Orlando Magic
Troy Caupain receives a standing ovation as he steps off home for the last time after beating Houston on Thursday March 2, 2017 at the Fifth Third Arena.
Caupain has appeared in four games for Magic this season, averaging 2.5 points per game and one assist. He shuttled back and forth between Orlando and the Lakeland Magic (G-League) and made a name for himself on the lower tier this season.
In 49 starts for Lakeland, Caupain averaged 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
He last saw the court of magic in a 119-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on March 25th. He finished the game with two points in three minutes.
Caupain will likely split the time between the two leagues for the next season as he still has a two-way contract with the Magic.
Lakers miss the playoffs
The Los Angeles Clippers’ Lance Stephenson is encouraged by teammates Blake Griffin (left) and Jamal Crawford after a productive first half against the Indiana Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.
Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson (2009-10), who missed the playoffs after finishing 10th at the Western Conference 37-45, is the only other UC men’s basketball alum currently in is under contract to an NBA squad.
Stephenson averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds from the bench in 68 games that season.