While 60 names were called on Thursday night, Tarik Black knew his opportunity would come.
Despite not getting picked in the 2014 NBA Draft, Black knew he’d land on the team that gave him the best place for him to succeed.
Early Friday, Tarik Black tweeted out the following, letting his fans know that a deal was on the way.
For those worried or wondering, I can’t announce anything but just know that not getting your name called doesn’t mean you don’t get a deal
— Tarik Black (@TarikBlack25) June 27, 2014
On Saturday morning, Black’s agency (Sports International Group) announced Black would play with the Houston Rockets in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Vegas and Orlando.
— SIG Sports (@SportsIntGroup) June 28, 2014
There are two NBA Summer Leagues:
- Orlando, Florida from July 5-11
- Vegas, Nevada from July 12-21.
In addition to Black, former Mizzou guard Jabari Brown, who also went undrafted, will participate in both leagues with Black.
Black only played one season at Kansas after making a graduate transfer from Memphis. Black finished the 2013-14 season averaging 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game. The forward out of Memphis, Tenn., went out with a bang with the Jayhawks as he scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his final two NCAA tournament games.
Black, who lost his starting spot after Joel Embiid proved to be too good to come off the bench, finished the season as KU’s starting center after Embiid injured his back. Black ended up being the leading scorer with 18 points in KU’s final game of the season against Stanford.
The last undrafted Jayhawk to play in the NBA was senior Sherron Collins. Collins played one season for the Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets) in 2010-11. Collins played 20 games and averaged 0.9 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.