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.
Congrats to Kadeem Jack, signing with the Indiana Pacers. All of those nights grinding on your game has paid off. #hardworkpaysoff— Coach Mike Rice (@CoachMikeRice) October 8, 2015
Always liked Kadeem Jack. Glad he's getting a shot with the Pacers. Hard to make an NBA roster but he has the skill to open some eyes.— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) October 7, 2015
Kadeem Jack could end up with the @Pacers D-League team but he's got an opportunity in Pacers' camp— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 7, 2015