Former men’s basketball standout Tyler Cavanaugh signed a two-way NBA contract with the Utah Jazz, the team announced Wednesday.
Cavanaugh – who played his final season with GW in 2016-17 – will split time between the Jazz and its NBA G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars. The terms of the contract have not been announced.
The 6-foot-9 forward made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season after signing a similar two-way deal with the Atlanta Hawks. He appeared in 39 games and made one start while averaging 13.3 minutes, 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
The highlight of Cavanaugh’s rookie campaign with the Hawks came in November against the New Orleans Pelicans when he scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Syracuse, N.Y. native spent two seasons at GW after transferring from Wake Forest in 2014. He averaged 17.6 points per game during his 73-game tenure as a Colonial and was named Most Outstanding Player of the National Invitation Tournament during GW’s championship run in 2016.
During his career as a Colonial, Cavanaugh totaled 1,278 points – the program-record for a two-year player and good for 25th on GW’s all-time scoring list.
The contract agreement comes less than two weeks after Cavanaugh’s former teammate and 2018 graduate Yuta Watanabe secured his first NBA deal – a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
If they both find a spot on their organization’s premier team, Cavanaugh and Watanabe will be the first former GW duo to simultaneously be listed on NBA rosters since 2006 graduates Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Mike Hall played for the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards, respectively, in 2007.