After going undrafted last week, Dylan Osetkowski will enjoy his first professional opportunity in the coming days, as the former Texas Longhorns power forward has signed a Summer League deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Summer League deal could afford Osetkowski as many as seven opportunities to make open eyes within the Cavs organization, or potentially elsewhere.
Salt Lake City Summer League
- Monday, July 1 — Spurs vs. Cavaliers — 6 p.m. — NBA TV
- Tuesday, July 2 — Cavaliers vs. Jazz — 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 3 — Cavaliers vs. Grizzlies — 6 p.m. — NBA TV
MGM Resorts NBA Summer League
- Friday, July 5 — Cleveland vs. Minnesota — 4 p.m. — NBA TV
- Sunday, July 7 — Cleveland vs. Chicago 6:30 p.m. — ESPN
- Monday, July 8 — Boston vs. Cleveland — 6:30 p.m. — NBA TV
- Wednesday, July 10 — New Orleans vs. Cleveland — 6:30 p.m. — ESPN2
Following this stretch of Summer League action, the Consolation, Semifinals, and Championship rounds will take place from Friday, July 12—Monday, July 15.
After transferring from Tulane following the 2015-16 season and sitting out the 2016-17 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules, Osetkowski started in each of his 70 appearances with the Longhorns. Throughout the stretch, Osetkowski was often hit and miss from the field and struggled converting around the rim at a notable clip — especially as a senior — certainly didn’t help Osetkowski’s draft stock. Entering the event, Osetkowski, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds as a senior, was ranked outside of the top 100 prospects available.
Despite statistically regressing as a senior, Osetkowski reshaped his body, slimming down to around 250 pounds — about 30 pounds fewer than his 2017-18 playing weight.
Nevertheless, entering this stretch of his basketball career, the most significant concern may be Osetkowski’s lack of ideal athleticism.
“Other than Osetkowski’s mental approach to the game, the biggest question mark he faces as he transitions to professional basketball somewhere is about his athleticism,” BON’s Wescott Eberts recently wrote. “Even after dropping so much weight, Osetkowski still had issues with more physically gifted players and possesses average movement abilities in terms of speed, quickness, and explosiveness.”
“With pace and spacing coming to define the modern game, Osetkowski isn’t likely to ever make an NBA roster, but he does have plenty of intriguing skill and the potential to carve out a long and successful career in a league like Spain’s ACB,” Eberts added.
A full report on Osetkowski’s path to a professional career can be found here.
This story will be updated.