For this final time this school year, it’s time to check in on the status of notable University of Cincinnati basketball alums who are currently pursuing professional careers.
Gary Clark (2014-18), Jacob Evans III (2015-18) and Troy Caupain (2013-17) have each made the final cut to be included on the playoff rosters of their respective NBA teams.
Gary “The Problem” Clark – Houston Rockets
Clark is on the Rockets’ playoff roster after being recalled from the G-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers April 13.
In 51 regular-season games, Clark averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.6 minutes. He appeared in seven G-League games, averaging 12 points and seven rebounds in 30.3 minutes.
Clark is expected to stay with the Rockets next season, as he signed a two-way, $3.7 million contract for three years in October 2018. Not bad for an undrafted 24-year-old power forward.
The two-way contract is designed to help younger players progress, as it allows them to split time between NBA teams and their G-League affiliates.
Jacob Evans – Golden State Warriors
Evans was recalled from the G-Leagues’s Santa Cruz Warriors April 3 and has spent the past few weeks on Golden State’s bench.
Playing a career-high 37 minutes in Golden State’s 112-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies April 9, he posted 11 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Evans had his hand in history during the win, as he knocked down the Warrior’s 1,078th three-pointer of the regular season — a franchise record.
Evans logged his first playoff minutes in Golden State's game three win over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, finishing with five points in seven minutes.
After being selected in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, Evans signed a rookie-scale contract and is expected to earn nearly $2 million next season.
The Warriors have a “team option” to resign Evans’ contract for 2020-21 and 2021-22, so his future is yet to be determined.
Troy Caupain – Orlando Magic
Caupain appeared in four games for the Magic this season, averaging 2.5 points per game and one assist. Bouncing back and forth between Orlando and the Lakeland Magic (G-League), he made a name for himself on the lower level this season.
In 49 starts for Lakeland, Caupain averaged 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
He last saw the court for the Magic in a 119-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers March 25. He finished with two points in three minutes of action.
Caupain will likely split time between both leagues next season, as he is still on a two-way contract with the Magic.
Lakers miss the playoffs
The only other UC men’s basketball alum currently signed to an NBA roster is Lance Stephenson (2009-10) of the Los Angeles Lakers, who missed the playoffs after finishing 10th in the Western Conference at 37-45.
Stephenson averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds off the bench in 68 games this season.