Surprisingly, only one 'Cane player (underclassman Shane Larkin) was drafted from the most successful team in program history. Then again, even NC State's talented F CJ Leslie, went undrafted (Leslie will reportedly get a look with the Knicks). These things happen in Association.
Kadji will get his first opportunity on the Cleveland Cavaliers summer league team.
Durand Scott will reportedly get a shot with the Spurs.
More to come as we learn of additional signings.
Our take: Kadji has a skill set that is perfect for the NBA. His ability to knock down shots as a stretch 4 should help him secure a roster spot. He is underrated as a shot blocker and finisher, but needs to improve his rebounding, passing, and post game to excel at the next level. At 25 years old, he brings more maturity to the table then the average NBA rookie. One thing we know here at The State of the U, the loquacious and intelligent an Kadji will keep the press room interesting should he stick around. The Summer League will be his first chance to turn some heads. Of all the Canes seniors that went undrafted Kadji is the most surprising.
Scott has the size and defensive prowess to make it in San Antonio. His outside shot will need to improve and he will have to show he can run the point, but the Spurs are arguably the best place for an unheralded player to get a look (see Gary Neal and Danny Green). Coach Pops will love how hard DScott takes the ball to the hoop and how he competes on every possession at both ends.
Speaking of Green, Trey McKinney Jones has a lot of Danny Green in him. I expect TMJ will probably find himself on a NBADL or European roster but you never know. There is always a spot in the NBA for sharpshooters.
Julian Gamble gave lottery pick Alex Len of Maryland fits, ditto Brooklyn Nets first rounder Mason Plumlee. Anyone who gives JG a shot will be pleasantly surprised with him athleticism, shot blocking prowess, and hard working approach. Gamble, however, is limited offensively. Like TMJ, he may have to take a long route to an NBA roster.
Reggie Johnson could have been a first round pick had he left after his sophomore season. He has been plagued with injuries ever since. The 6'10 290 pound Johnson can beat the odds if he regains his soft hands and touch around that basket that early in his UM career, perfectly complimented his girth. Hopefully a team takes a chance on Big Reg and he gets a long look.
While making it in the NBA as an undrafted FA is a long shot, it's not impossible. Kadji and Co will have their chances to open some eyes this summer. Good luck to each of them.
What Kadji brings to the table: