A look at where former Hoosiers are playing professionally this season

  • 10/11/2016 10:50 am in

The NBA tips off later this month and several professional leagues around the world are already underway. Here’s a look at where former Indiana players will be suiting up professionally this season:

Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets (NBA)

Zeller is entering his fourth season in the league and he’ll earn $5.3 million as he remains on a rookie scale contract. He’s yet to play in the preseason for the Hornets as he battles a knee injury. In fact, Hornets coach Steve Clifford recently said Zeller “isn’t expected to play anytime soon.”

Noah Vonleh, Portland Trailblazers (NBA)

The 20-year old Vonleh is entering his third NBA season and will earn $2.7 million in Portland. In his first preseason game, Vonleh recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)

Like Zeller, Oladipo remains on a rookie scale contract and will earn $6.5 million this season. It will be Oladipo’s fourth NBA season, but first in Oklahoma City following an offseason trade from Orlando. In two preseason games, Oladipo is averaging 22 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets (NBA)

Gordon agreed to a four-year, $53 million deal in Houston in the offseason as he continues to be the highest paid former Hoosier playing professionally. In three preseason games with the Rockets, Gordon is third on the team in scoring at 14 points per game and is shooting 53.6 percent from the field.

Yogi Ferrell, Brooklyn Nets (NBA)

Ferrell’s deal with the Nets is partially guaranteed and is reportedly worth $100,000. If Ferrell doesn’t make the Nets roster, he will likely be assigned to the Long Island Nets, the Development League affiliate for Brooklyn. In two preseason games, Ferrell is averaging 6.5 points, two assists and 1.5 rebounds per game.

Troy Williams, Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

Williams also got a partially guaranteed deal with a reported value of $150,000. If Williams doesn’t make the Grizzlies, he will likely to be assigned to the Iowa Energy, the Development League affiliate for Memphis. In two preseason games, the former IU forward is averaging nine points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Will Sheehey, Raptors 905 (NBA Development League)

Sheehey, who did not play in the NBA Summer League, will play for Raptors 905, the Development League for Toronto. He has spent the offseason working in Chicago.

Christian Watford, Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA Development League)

Watford also did not play in the NBA Summer League, but has signed to play for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Development League affiliate for the Pacers. Watford spent much of the offseason in Birmingham and also traveled frequently to watch his younger brother, Trendon, play in events across the country.

Nick Zeisloft, Indiana Pacers/Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA/NBA Development League)

After not being invited to play anywhere this summer, Zeisloft inked a partially guaranteed deal worth $25,000 with the Indiana Pacers and appears headed for Fort Wayne. He is in training camp with the Pacers, but has played in just one of the team’s three preseason games.

Jordan Hulls, Eisbären Bremerhaven (Germany BBL)

Hulls is in his fourth professional season and is with Bremerhaven in the Germany BBL. In four games, he’s averaging a team-high 29.8 minutes per game. Hulls is also averaging 13.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. He recently penned a blog entry discussing his season so far in Germany.

Earl Calloway, Istanbul BBSK (Turkey BSL)

Calloway’s season just got underway in Turkey and in his first game, he finished with six points, five rebounds and five assists in a loss. Calloway has played in the NBA Development League, Croatia, Spain and Turkey.

Bracey Wright, Acibadem Universitesi (Turkey-TBL)

Wright’s team in Turkey is off to an 0-2 start, but he’s averaging a team-high 15.5 points. He’s also averaging 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 rebounds per game. Wright was a second round pick of the Timberwolves in 2005, but played in just 26 games over two seasons.

Marco Killingsworth, Maccabi Kiryat Gat (Israel-Winner League)

Killingsworth is coming off a productive season in Israel where he averaged 15.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Maccabi Kiryat Gat lost their opener on Oct. 10, 90-68.

D.J. White, Auxilium CUS Torino (Italy-Serie A)

White is currently averaging 22.5 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes per game in Italy. Auxilium is currently 1-1.

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  • Donnie Vick

    Is Bracey Wright still shooting free throws a foot behind the line?

  • Brklynhoosier

    What about Verdell, Alex? Did his solid D-league season translate into a decent contract somewhere?

  • aross

    Is Verdell Jones still in D-League?
    I wanna say both DeAndre Thomas and Jamarcus Ellis play professionally.

    Remy Abell, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Creek, Malik Story, and Robert Vaden all play, but I guess they don’t count because they transferred.

    I’m trying to think of more I guess Roderick Wilmont isn’t playing anymore.

  • IUDan

    I’m curious as to what these euro contracts are, generally. I’m not interested in what, say, Hills is making individually, but what these players generally bring home? I also understand a lot of teams pay for housing and some expenses, and may handle taxes … but if anyone has ideas, I’m curious.

  • He has not signed to play anywhere.

  • IdahoHoosier

    This reminds me (not that I had forgotten) that DJ White is the man! What a stud at IU and playing through all sorts of coaches and weird situations. Total stud.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Thx Alex.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    It would be interesting to see an article of where former players from the Mike Davis and Crean era are now.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Completely talking out of my butt, but from what I’ve seen online, I believe that, in addition to housing and a plane ticket, it usually runs from about $30-40k in the smallest/most minor leagues (like the one Elston played for in Malta) to $100,000-300,000 for a player in a league like the one Jordy plays for (one of the top leagues in Spain, Greece, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Israel), into the millions for the best players/biggest stars. That doesn’t count endorsement $ — those local teams in Europe often have larger followings than US college teams. So, not the NBA, but still pretty sweet — and in the best cases, really, really sweet.

  • inLinE6

    I believe Hulls is about $150K. That’s the level in a decent Euro league. China pays more AFAIK.

  • inLinE6

    He’s good. I don’t understand why he didn’t have a more successful NBA career.

  • inLinE6

    How bout Mr. blue shirt?

  • I am Baby Cakes


  • John D Murphy

    Nice article. Thanks Alex. I know we only Marco for a year, but he was pretty fun to watch. I know you probably don’t need more work to do Alex, but another thought is former Hoosiers in coaching.

  • Kwang

    Blue shirt, red tie? He who will not be mentioned.

  • oldiugymnast

    I hear from my friends in Sea Dubs front office that they are talking to VJ and want him back.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    I figured my point was made.

  • Outoftheloop

    Thanks! This is good info on our “retired” Hoosiers which I do not get from other sources. I really appreciate it!