As first reported Friday, the Magic have officially signed forward Adonis Thomas and center Dewayne Dedmon to 10-day contracts, the team announced Tuesday. The two are the 23rd and 24th GATORADE Call-Ups from the D-League this season.
Thomas is one of the more intriguing prospects the Magic are signing. He averaged 16.2 points per game and shot 46.3 percent from the floor and 46.9 percent from beyond the arc in 26 games this year with the Springfield Armor. Several NBA teams, including the Armor's NBA affiliate in Brooklyn, were hoping to sign this promising young player.
I am truly blessed to say I will be signing with the Orlando Magic on Monday. I will be joining the team on Tuesday vs. Washington Wizards!— Adonis Thomas (@AllDayThomas) February 23, 2014
Thomas is a 6-foot-6 forward out of Memphis who came into college with a lot of high accolades. He was a McDonald's All American in 2011 and the ninth rated high school prospect when he arrived at Memphis in 2011. Injuries though hampered him in his two year. He averaged 11.7 points per game on 40.5 percent shooting as a sophomore before declaring for the Draft.
Thomas though has greatly improved his shooting -- he was a 32.5 percent 3-point shooter in college -- and has begun to show plenty of that promise he had in high school that made him one of the nation's top recruits. Thomas recently participated in the D-League All-Star Game's Three-Point Shootout.
Dedmon's name is a little bit more familiar to college basketball fans from his time as the 7-foot anchor for USC after Nikola Vucevic left for the NBA.
Dedmon has spent some time in the NBA already this season, averaging 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in a little more than 10 minutes per game over 15 appearances with the Warriors and 76ers. Philadelphia fans were hopeful that their team would call Dedmon up.
Appreciate all the love an support from the Philly fans an there organization but it's time to open a new chapter in my book with the Magic— Dewayne Dedmon (@dedmon_21) February 22, 2014
In the D-League, Dedmon is averaging 15.2 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in 15 games for the Santa Cruz Warriors. He last played in the D-League in January as he has bounced around NBA rosters since the Warriors called him up.
Dedmon was a shot-blocking force at USC but was very raw and unrefined as an offensive post option. It will be interesting to see how his shot blocking pairs up with Kyle O'Quinn or even Vucevic in the next 10 days.