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.
Dear God, Thank You !!!! 🙏🏽❤️ They Ain’t Believe In Us But YOU DID !!! 🔥The Past 48 Hours Has Been Nothing Short Of Amazing. I See And Feel All The LOVE I’ve Been Getting. Thank You To Everyone Who Played A Part In My Journey Whether It Was SMALL Or BIG. TORONTO HERE WE COME 📍 pic.twitter.com/UhG1f6T1pD
— Markquis Nowell (@MrNewYorkCityy) June 23, 2023
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.
— Tyrone Muggsy Bogues (@MuggsyBogues) June 23, 2023
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.