The “scariest player in college hoops” may become the scariest player in the NBA. After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, Georgetown Basketball alum Jabril Trawick will play in the NBA Summer League, specifically on the Orlando Magic Blue team.
The 6’5”, 220-pound SG averaged 9.1 PPG for the Hoyas in his senior season. He played the second-most number of minutes with 27.9 MPG, and led the team from behind the arc with a 40.7% three-point shooting percentage. He had 2.4 APG and 3.6 RPG. Trawick scored in double figures 13 times his senior year, 11 of which were against Big East foes. Overall, he racked up 851 career points with the Hoyas. Trawick’s size and intensity allowed him to attack the hoop, yet his skill as a guard provided him with outstanding range.
Though Trawick played in every game his senior season, his junior season was interrupted with an untimely jaw injury. However, the Philadelphia native returned after a five-game hiatus and his presence down the stretch made a remarkable difference. The Hoyas went 0-4 with Trawick off the court, and 7-5 upon his return. Trawick scored 15 points in one of the Hoyas’ biggest wins of the year against then #13 Creighton on March 4, 2014. Even when Trawick’s impact wasn’t measured by the numbers, the intensity he brought onto the court and his relentless nature helped the Hoyas turn the tide of what was becoming a disappointing year.
As the senior captain, Trawick led the Hoyas to a #4 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Though Georgetown couldn’t get past #5 Utah in the Round of 32, Trawick’s abilities both offensively and defensively were integral to Georgetown’s success in its 2014-2015 campaign.
Despite these accomplishments throughout his college athletic career, Trawick was unlikely to go drafted on June 25, and that was indeed the case. The following day, though, it was publicized that Trawick — along with 30 other NBA hopefuls — would play with the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League. Joining Trawick on the Orlando Blue team will be Eastern Washington alum Tyler Harvey, a Steph Curry-like guard who Trawick faced off against in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Other recent college players on Trawick’s team include G Terrence Drisdom, C Maurice Walker, G Jordan Sibert, C Nnanna Egwu, and F TaShawn Thomas. Though Trawick played at the guard position with the Hoyas, he is slated to be a forward on the Orlando Blue.
While a contract from an NBA team in the regular season is certainly not guaranteed for summer league athletes, it is a possibility. Additionally, international scouts are often at summer league games. Georgetown class of 2014 graduate and former PG Markel Starks played on the Minnesota Timberwolves summer league team, and now Starks is playing in Italy.
Playing in Europe is often a popular move for NBA hopefuls, and after Trawick’s time in Orlando, this could be a possibility for him as well. However, the “Philly Tough” athlete has always had his sights set on the NBA. Play will begin for the Orlando Blue this Saturday against the LA Clippers, and Trawick’s capabilities within this new setting will become apparent. His performances during these upcoming weeks will likely determine his shot to play professionally in the United States, but for now, his eventual post-college plans still hang in the balance.