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NBA Draft 2017: Nevada’s Cameron Oliver signs with Rockets

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The first of the Rockets’ UDFA haul is Cameron Oliver.

NCAA Basketball: Boise State at Nevada Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, former Nevada forward/center Cameron Oliver has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Rockets.

Oliver was projected to be an early second-round pick according to NBAdraft.net, going 37th to the Celtics, but his size and tweener status likely sent him down many teams’ draft boards.

Oliver played two seasons with the Nevada Wolfpack, making the NCAA Tournament this past March, averaging 16 PPG and 8.7 RPG. He has undoubtedly the team’s leader in the frontcourt, which was the team’s strength and the very thing that lead them to their success.

The Rockets allowed the most points in the paint last season, so adding Oliver gives the Rockets aid in a spot of need. Despite only being 6’8”, Oliver averaged 2.6 blocks per game last season as a member of the Wolfpack. He had a 39.5” max vertical leap, good for eighth at the Combine.

However, there is a market for a type of player like Oliver in the league. Chuck Hayes went from undrafted and undersized to a ten-year NBA vet, most of that time as a Houston Rocket.