After signing with the Brooklyn Nets summer league team Ryan Boatright agreed to a deal with the Nets for two years worth $1.4 million, $75K of which is guaranteed.
An Illinois native, Boatright, 22, went undrafted in this years’ draft.
On Twitter Boatright thanked the Nets for giving him an opportunity on the summer league team and for a NBA contract.
Boatright played at UConn for four years and started for the 2014 national championship team. Last collegiate season he averaged 17.4 points per game, just under four assists per game and over four rebounds per game. At university he shot from long range consistently and connected on over 40% of shots from behind the arc.
Measuring at 5’10” Boatright may be exposed defensively, but adapted to his smaller size in college finishing craftily, sometimes at awkward angles and utilised his speed. On the professional level Boatright won’t have the opportunities to beat defenders solely off his speed and will need to incorporate more dribble moves. Finishing at the rim will grow more challenging as he faces bigger, more athletic and more skilled shot blockers.
Putting Boatright in pick-and-roll situations would be most beneficial for him as he could use the screen to beat defenders who fight through them, while he can hit shots when defenders go under the screens. With limited shooting on the team Boatright could present value as a spot-up shooter when other players such as Joe Johnson, Deron Williams or Markel Brown initiate the offense and handle the ball.
The Nets and Boatright will play in the Orlando summer league from July 4-10.