Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports the Nets have signed 6'10" Evansville big man Egidijus Mockevicius to play in the Las Vegas Summer League. He's the third undrafted rookie, after Yogi Ferrell, the Indiana point guard, and Beau Beech, the North Florida swingman. The team has also signed Josh Magette, the D-League leader in assists and steals.
Sources: Brooklyn has agreed to a partially guaranteed one-year deal with undrafted Evansville center Egidijus Mockevicius.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 26, 2016
The native of Lithuania played center for Evansville, averaging 15.7 points and 14.0 rebounds, the most in Division I, shooting 63.7 percent this past season. He's a pure center, not taking a single three pointer his entire four year career. He's been a member of Lithuania's national youth teams.
Here's what Draft Express wrote about him...
Measured at 6'9" without shoes, with a 237 pound frame, at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Mockevicius has just-decent size for a center and possess great length with a 7'0" wingspan. He's not an elite athlete either, as he lacks a high level of agility and lateral quickness, but he works hard to get up and down the floor quickly. He is active and aggressive on the court, rarely taking plays off and always playing with high energy.
At 14.4 defensive rebounds per-40, Mockevicius ranks among the most dominant defensive rebounders in college basketball history, easily finishing #1 in the nation in that category. He's committed to tracking down every loose ball.
Mockevicius spoke to DX in early June about his NBA dream.
Besides Mockevicius, Ferrell and Beech, the Nets are expected to send Isaiah Whitehead, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough and,Sean Kilpatrick to Las Vegas. Games begin July 9. Caris LeVert will not play, recovering from foot surgery.
Later Sunday, Alex Kennedy reported J.J. O'Brien, a 6'7" small forward who's played for the University of Utah, the Jazz and their D-League team, will play for the Nets in Las Vegas.
J.J. O’Brien will play for the Jazz in the Utah Summer League and for the Nets in the Las Vegas Summer League.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 26, 2016