Living in Newcastle, England, Princeton men’s basketball star forward Tosan Evbuomwan did not play organized basketball until he was 15 years old. On Thursday night, Evbuomwan was signed by an NBA team. While Evbuomwan did not become the first Princeton draftee in nearly 40 years, as he had hoped, he was signed by the Detroit Pistons shortly after the draft concluded, as first reported by HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.
The Pistons signed Evbuomwan to an Exhibit-10 contract. The contract is a one-year deal with training but no gameplay where the team can change the contract to a two-way contract — a limited contract that does allow for gameplay — within the season.
Throughout his three seasons under head coach Mitch Henderson ’98, Evbuomwan averaged 12 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. During his senior year, he joined the 1000-point club and helped the Tigers make history en route to their Cinderella run in the NCAA tournament.
Evbuomwan racked up the accolades during his time at Princeton. He was the 2022 Ivy League Player of the Year and was named to the Ivy League All-Tournament First Team in both 2022 and 2023. In 2023, he was named the most outstanding player in the Ivy League Championship Tournament.
He was also named NABC District 13 First Team in 2023, First Team All-ECAC in 2023, and most notably, NCAA All-Tournament Team for the South Region.
Evbuomwan forewent his final year of college eligibility — he would have had to play elsewhere due to Ivy League regulations on graduate transfers. Instead, Evbuomwan was hoping to become the first Princeton player to be drafted since Billy Ryan and Kevin Mullen in 1984.
Despite going undrafted, Evbuomwan will have his chance to prove his skill when the NBA2K24 Summer League kicks off in Las Vegas on July 7. The 22-year-old is an all-around player with a unique skill set. With the ability to defend multiple positions as an elite passer and scoring threat from both inside and outside, he has the tools to compete at the highest level as a Detroit Piston.
The Pistons have had a busy offseason. In late May, they signed former Suns coach Monty Williams to the largest coaching deal in NBA history, worth $78.5 million for a total of six seasons. On draft night, the Pistons drafted Ausar Thompson with the fifth overall pick and acquired the rights to Marcus Sasser with the 25th pick.
Despite finishing with the worst record in the league last season, with a new coach at the helm and Cade Cunningham improving, fans in Detroit are hoping for better results this upcoming season.
Evbuomwan did not respond to a request to comment following the signing.
Hayk Yengibaryan is an associate editor for the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’
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