Mavericks sign Lions’ Reaves to free agent deal

From Mirror reports

DALLAS – Former Penn State men’s basketball guard and 2019 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Josh Reaves has agreed to a two-way contract to join the Dallas Mavericks.

“This means so much to me, knowing all the hard work I have put in throughout middle school, high school and college, it’s all paying off,” said Reaves by phone Friday. “I went into all my workouts with the mentality of putting my head down and showcasing my abilities, athletically and how I developed over time. I know it’s not the end of the journey; I know the hard work is not going to stop by any means. This is a step in the right direction. I’m really blessed to have this opportunity and going to try to make the most of it.”

One of Penn State’s most versatile players, Reaves scored 1,079 points, collected 540 rebounds and had 310 assists to go along with his 250 total steals as a Nittany Lion. He was one of only two players in Nittany Lion history to compile such totals. In his final home game in March 2019, Reaves scored a career-best 26 points and collected 11 rebounds vs. Illinois.

“There has never been any question in my mind that Josh (Reaves) could play at the professional level,” Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers said.

The Mavericks finished last season with a 33-49 record under coach Rick Carlisle. They are led by Luka Doncic, who had a stellar rookie season with Dallas, averaging 21.2 points per-game, as well as Justin Jackson. The team also traded for New York Knicks star big man Kristaps Porzingis, who did not play because of a leg injury last season.

“Josh has the athleticism, skills and mindset to be a contributor for any team and have a long and prosperous career. We’re extremely proud of him” Chambers said.

Reaves became the only Big Ten player to lead the league in steals in three consecutive seasons. He ended his career second on Penn State’s all-time steals chart with 250 and ranks seventh on the Big Ten career list for that stat category. As a junior and senior, he was selected as a member of the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team (2018, 2019).