SAN LUIS OBISPO – The first Cal Poly men's basketball player to have signed with and appeared for an NBA franchise, guard David Nwaba joined his fourth team on Wednesday, officially signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not released.
Nwaba joins Brooklyn after playing the 2018-19 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 51 appearances and 14 starts last year, Nwaba averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 19.3 minutes per game.
Two seasons ago with the Chicago Bulls, Nwaba averaged 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 70 appearances and 21 starts.
Undrafted following his Cal Poly (2013-16) career, Nwaba signed with the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA G League affiliate – the Los Angeles D-Fenders – in November 2016. In 38 appearances and 29 starts with the D-Fenders, Nwaba averaged 13.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 64.5 percent from the floor.
Nwaba then signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Lakers in February 2018 before being signed through the remainder of the 2016-17 season. In 20 games and two starts with Los Angeles, Nwaba averaged 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
One of Cal Poly's top two scorers during each of his three years and a member of the program's 2014 NCAA Tournament squad, Nwaba led the Mustangs during his 2015-16 senior season in points (12.5), rebounds (6.3), assists (3.5) and steals (1.3) per game. Nwaba finished his career ranked 15th in program history with 465 rebounds and as one of only 24 players to score 1,000-plus career points.
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