Matt Morgan signs pro deal with Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors announced on Oct. 16 that they have signed former Cornell University basketball player Matt Morgan to a professional deal.

The Toronto Raptors announced on Thursday that they have signed former Cornell University men’s basketball player Matt Morgan to a professional deal. Then on Sunday, they announced that he had been released along with two other players as part of the routine roster shifting before the season begins. 

The Raptors made initial the announcement on Twitter and Morgan retweeted the post with a comment of “All blessings to the man above.” According to basketball website RealGM, Morgan appears to be the first Cornell player to make it to the NBA since Jeff Foote in 2010, and just the fourth overall since 1948. 

A request for comment from Morgan has not been answered, but his Twitter account seemed to indicate that he will play for Toronto’s G-League affiliate, the Toronto 905. The G-League is meant as a developmental system for NBA teams, who can call players up from the team at will to play for the official NBA team. 

Morgan, arguably the best player in Cornell's history, was not selected in the 2019 NBA Draft that was held on June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The day after the draft, though, Morgan announced on Twitter that he had signed a deal to play with the Raptors in the Summer League in Las Vegas, which took place back in July. The Raptors are the defending NBA champions. 

The 6’2” guard averaged 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 13.8 minutes in four appearances during Summer League play. Following the conclusion of the Summer League, no NBA team signed Morgan.

Between this month and July, Morgan continued to work out in hopes of receiving an offer from an NBA team, posting to social media throughout that time with updates and pictures. 

Morgan is represented by Klutch Sports Group, the agency that represents other basketball players 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.

According to the press release, the Raptors have maximized their 20-man roster following Morgan’s signing and the waiving of forward Sagaba Konate on Oct. 16.

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