Matt Morgan 2019 NBA Draft

Matt Morgan was not selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, but has received interest from multiple teams.

This is an updated version of an article that was published earlier on June 21

After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, recent Cornell University graduate and former guard for the men’s basketball team Matt Morgan announced on Twitter that he has signed a deal with the Toronto Raptors to play in the NBA Summer League.

"It's really just a relief, but you're also excited and ready for the opportunity," Morgan said.

In a prior interview, Morgan said he received interest from teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Charlotte Hornets, but not from the Raptors. Despite this, Morgan said he was not surprised that he received an offer from the Raptors since he had worked out with the team prior to the draft.

"To be able to go back and prove that I've gotten better with time, to be able to go out in the Summer League and actually play for a team that just came off of an NBA championship, is surreal," he said.

Morgan announced back in April that he will be declaring for the draft and represented by Klutch Sports Group, the agency that represents professional athletes such as LeBron James, Ben Simmons, John Wall, Draymond Green and Anthony Davis.

Morgan is the all-time leading scorer for the Big Red with 2,333 points, a total that is the second-most in Ivy League history as well. This was the third time Morgan declared for the draft, but the first time he did not withdraw from it. He declared for the draft after his sophomore and junior years at Cornell, but did not sign with an agency.

The NBA Summer League with take place on July 5-15. Morgan said he is ready to prove himself worthy of a spot on the team's roster.

"I think it's going to come down to effort, playing both sides of the ball and being as consistent as possible," he said. "They just want to see how hard you play; how you communicate, how you interact with the coaches, with the players."

"I'm really just going to go down there and be myself, which has gotten me to this point. But on the court, just being able to lock in and do what's asked of me offensively and defensively."

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