Markquis Nowell agrees to two-way NBA contract with Toronto Raptors

Guard Markquis Nowell celebrates after making a drive down the score to score a layup during the game against Oklahoma on March 1, 2023. The Wildcats beat the Sooners 85-69. (Archive photo by Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State point guard Markquis Nowell agreed to a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors. Nowell became one of the first undrafted signees after Thursday night’s NBA Draft, becoming a Raptor just minutes after the last pick.

The contract signed Nowell to Toronto’s NBA team — the Raptors — and its G League team — the Raptors 905. This allows Nowell to be rostered for both teams at the same time. 

Former K-State forward Dean Wade agreed to a two-way contract with the Cavaliers in 2019 before converting to a full-time NBA player and signing a 3-year contract extension in 2022. 

During his final season at K-State, Nowell led the team in scoring with 17.6 points per game while averaging 8.3 assists, the second most in the NCAA this past season.

Nowell became a sensation across basketball during K-State’s 2023 March Madness run to the Elite Eight. The point guard set the all-time assist record in an NCAA Tournament game with 19 assists against Michigan State in the Sweet 16.

Nowell, a smaller guard at 5-foot-8, has caught the attention of the NBA’s shortest player of all time Muggsy Bouges, who is 5-foot-3. 

Although Nowell was expected to go undrafted because of his smaller stature, Mr.NewYorkCityy will have a chance in Toronto, a team which has experienced success with undrafted players such as Wichita State’s Fred VanVleet in recent years.

Nowell’s first action for Toronto will come in Summer League play starting at 6:30 on July 7 against the Chicago Bulls.