With NBA training camp roughly a month away, the Dallas Mavericks signed three players to complete the 20-man training camp roster.
On Saturday, the Mavericks signed rookie free agents Feron Hunt, Carlik Jones and EJ Onu to training camp deals suggesting the organization liked what it saw from them in the NBA Summer League and wants to see more.
Hunt is a local kid. He attended DeSoto High school, located in a Dallas Fort Worth Suburb. In his senior season at DeSoto, he averaged 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in his senior season.
From there, Hunt attended Southern Methodist University, where he played four seasons for Tim Jankovich. He played in 78 career games and started 41 of them. His career averages at SMU are 9.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. He also shot an efficient 55.7 percent from the field.
Jones, the second rookie free agent Dallas signed, finished his college career playing for the University of Louisville during the 2020-21 season. He was named All-ACC First Team and the 2021 AP ACC Rookie of the Year. In his lone season at Louisville, Jones became the first player to score in double figures in his first 17 games in program history.
Before his one season at Louisville, Jones played three seasons at Radford University. And in the 2019-20 season, he was named Big South Player of the Year after averaging 20 points, five rebounds and five assists that season.
Onu played his four college seasons at Shawnee State in Ohio. He tallied 125 career games, starting 64 of them. In his senior season at Shawnee, Onu averaged 12.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game. He was a vital cog on a team that went on to win the NAIA National Championship.
Due to his performance, he was named a First Team NAIA All-American, Mid-South Conference Player of the Year and a First Team All-Mid-South Conference selection. However, his most impressive award came from being named Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the third season in a row. And as he enters the professional ranks, Onu is Shawnee’s all-time leader in blocks with 529.
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