Though he didn’t hear his name called in the two-round 2019 NBA Draft, Franklin High School alum and Lipscomb University star Garrison Mathews still saw some draft night magic float his way.
He signed a two-way deal with the Washington Wizards early Friday to begin his pro career, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
He had a pre-draft workout with the team earlier this month.
Mathews soared with Lipscomb with his elite shooting and helped lead the school to its first NCAA March Madness appearance in 2018.
He also was key fuel in the team’s 2019 NAIA run, which ended in a finals appearance.
The former Rebels standout will now have a chance to make an NBA roster in Washington on one of the team’s two G-League two-way roster spots.
His deal stipulates that he’ll spend most of the year with the Capital City Go-Gos and can spend no more than 45 days on a main league roster, per the NBA.
The Go-Gos also play in Washington D.C. and share an arena with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
The newly-minted pro’s next major stop will be in July, when he’ll joins Washington for the NBA’s 2019 Summer League contests in Las Vegas.
Photo from Lipscomb Athletics.