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Rutgers Basketball Alum Kadeem Jack Signed by Indiana Pacers

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Kadeem Jack will get a chance to compete for the Indiana Pacers' roster, as the former Rutgers star was signed by the team on Wednesday. With his 6-foot-9 frame and NBA-ready athleticism, Jack will look to take advantage of the Pacers' three week preseason in hopes of making the final roster.

The former Rutgers captain tallied 1,044 career points during his four year at Rutgers from 2011-2015. After suffering an early season hand injury, Jack averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds during his senior year, earning his second consecutive All-Metropolitan area honors.

The Pacers are coming off a difficult offseason, where they lost veteran big men in Roy Hibbert, David West, and Luis Scola. As currently constructed, the Pacers are loaded with talent on the perimeter, but very thin up front. Pacers' President Larry Bird is even toying with the idea of moving star Paul George to play a stretch 4 (an idea he has openly expressed opposition to). With a thin front court and weak bench, Jack's versatility between playing center or power forward provides him with an opportunity to make this NBA roster, a feat only 10 Rutgers players before him have achieved.