Three former Michigan Wolverines players sign overseas deals
July 26, 2022
On Monday, former Michigan basketball players Devante Jones, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, and Iggy Brazdeikis signed overseas professional contracts.
Jones, who played for the Michigan basketball team, signed with the Metropolitans 92 in Paris. During the past season, Jones played at point guard for the Michigan basketball team. He averaged around 10 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Despite his inconsistent performance for the Michigan basketball team, Jones still played a vital role in the team's victory in Columbus to advance to the tournament. He had 21 points and nine assists in the game.
Several former Michigan basketball players are currently playing in different countries. Abdur-Rahkman plays in Italy for the Victoria Libertasaro Pesaro, while Brazdeikis is in Lithuania.
Abdur-Rahkman is often overlooked when talking about the history of the Michigan basketball program. Although he wasn't a go-to player, he had some memorable moments during his time with the team.
For four seasons, Abdur-Rahkman could average around 9.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. He was vital to the team's success during the 2017-2018 season when it reached the NCAA Championship game.
Brazdeikis, who played for the Michigan basketball team during the 2019 season, signed with a powerhouse team in Lithuania called the Zalgiris Kaunas. After one season in Ann Arbor, the New York Knicks selected him in the second round of the NBA draft. During his time in the league, he played for multiple teams, such as the Orlando Magic and the 76ers.
During his time in the NBA, Brazdeikis played in 64 games and averaged two rebounds and five points. In his one season with the Michigan basketball team, he played in 15 games and scored 15 points per game.
Brazdeikis averaged 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during his time with the Michigan basketball team. He also scored 46.2 percent of his field goal attempts and 39.2 percent of his free throw attempts.
How other former Wolverines perform in Summer League
The NBA Summer League concluded in 2022 with some former Michigan basketball players participating.
Despite the lack of talent on the rosters of most NBA Summer League teams, the former Michigan basketball players still managed to show their potential. They proved that they could compete against the best players in the world.
During the league's opening game, Caleb Houstan, who played for the Orlando Magic, had a great game against the Houston Rockets. He made five of his nine three-point attempts and finished with 20 points.
After his impressive performance in the first game, Magic fans started to glimpse his full potential. During the rest of the Summer League, he was relatively quiet.
Although he only appeared in two games during the league, Moussa Diabate, who played for the LA Clippers, showed the potential that made him a popular figure in Michigan. He showed great motor skills and made good decisions on the offensive and defensive ends.
In the post, Diabate was able to show off his baby hook move. His highlight of the Summer League was a two-handed flush that he made after getting around a defender.
Before he was officially shut down during the summer, fans of the Detroit Pistons started to get excited about Isaiah Livers. He showed off his skills as a shooting guard by making multiple three-point shots. He also showed off his versatility by finding his way in the mid-range.
Due to his impressive performance in Summer League, Livers has been allowed to earn more playing time for the Pistons next season. He also had one of the best blocks during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.