UC security guard Jarron Cumberland, 34, tries the second half of the men’s basketball game against Temple University at the Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Trevon Scott and Jarron Cumberland, two former University of Cincinnati basketball program players, made their professional debut Wednesday night in the NBA’s prestigious G-League, which specializes in preparing players for the big stage.
Scott is part of the Salt Lake City Stars, the subsidiary of Utah Jazz. Cumberland is represented at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the partner of the Houston Rockets and the team with the most championship titles of all G-League teams (3).
Both clubs started their season in defeat on Wednesday, but the two former Bearcats saw very different times on the pitch. Scott was on the top five of the Stars to open in 2021, playing in the power forward position.
Scott got off to a promising start to his professional career, playing for a total of 30 minutes, scoring 15 points on 6-9 shooting, six rebounds, two assists and three steals in that time.
It’s also worth noting that three of Scott’s six shots made were three pointers going from beyond the bow on night 3-5.
Scott was known for his hectic play style as Bearcat, and that mentality hasn’t gone away as his three steals show. Scott is now wearing the number 7 instead of the 13 he had on his back as a Bearcat.
Cumberland, on the other hand, saw a lot less play time and only got three minutes of play time towards the end of the game. He went 0-2 on shot attempts, both from the three-point line, and contributed a single ricochet to the statistics sheet. Cumberland also has a new number, 10, compared to the icon 23 he wore in Cincinnati.
Both Cumberland and Scott were called up to the All-American Athletic Conference (AAC) First Team at the end of their senior season. Scott was particularly littered with honors in his last season, winning the AAC Defensive Player of the Year, the AAC Most Improved Player and the AAC Sportsmanship Award.
Cumberland ended his UC career as the program’s seventh leading player in points (1,782) and assists (415), while along with Oscar Robertson, Steve Logan and Deonta Vaughn he was only the fourth player in the program’s history to score 1,700 points and 400 assists surpassed.
The couple were also not drafted in the 2020 draft after failing to have a chance to present themselves in the AAC tournament and NCAA tournament, which were withdrawn from them due to the pandemic.
Scotts’ Stars will play against the Oklahoma City Blue again on February 11th at 9:30 am – the full schedule of the Stars can be viewed here – while Cumberlands Vipers will also play against the Agua Caliente Clippers tomorrow at 6:00 pm – Vipers full schedule can be seen here).
Both games can be streamed on ESPN +.