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Arizona basketball: Grant Jerrett to play for Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA Summer League

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The former Wildcat is getting another look

Arizona v Belmont Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

After playing in China last year, former Arizona Wildcats center Grant Jerrett has a spot in the NBA Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jerrett was drafted 40th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, but has only played in eight games at the NBA level (5 w/ Oklahoma City, 3 w/ Utah). He played a grand total of 51 minutes in those eight games.

In college, Jerrett played just one year, averaging 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 17.8 minutes in the 2012-13 season. His numbers certainly didn’t indicate that he would be a one-and-done guy, but sure enough, he left Tucson after just one year.

Solomon Hill was the other Arizona player that was drafted that year, going 23rd to the Indiana Pacers.

According to Basketball Reference, Jerrett made a little over $1.7 million in two years with the Utah Jazz before being waived in October of 2015. Last year, he was signed with the Portland Trail Blazers from August 17th to October 22nd before being waved once again.

He then played ten games in the D-League last year for the Canton Charge (the Cavs’ affiliate). There he averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 37.0 minutes. After being picked up by the club on November 20th of last year, he was bought out on December 16th to go overseas.

From there, Jerrett went to China and played on the same team as Stephon Marbury, Beijing Shougang. That team also featured the 6-foot-11 Kentucky Wildcat Randolph Morris, but Jerrett led them in rebounding, pulling down an average of 10.2 boards in 18 games played per RealGM. Jerrett also averaged 17.8 points, one block, and 0.8 assists per game. He only shot 32% from three in China (down from 40% in college and w/ Canton).

It will be interesting to see if Jerrett can find his three-point stroke and stick in the U.S., or if he’s bound to go back overseas after this.

Here is the Cavs’ Summer League schedule. All of their games will be played in Las Vegas:

  • Fri. July 7th, 3:30 PM PT vs. Bucks — Thomas and Mack Center — ESPN2
  • Sat. July 8th, 7 PM PT vs. Rockets — Cox Pavilion — ESPNU
  • Mon. July 10th, 5:30 PM PT vs. Warriors — Thomas and Mack Center — NBATV