Utah State Aggies center Jarred Shaw may have run afoul of the law recently and had a sub-par senior year by his standards--but he may continue playing basketball after his college days are done and get a second chance after all.
Shaw’s first opportunity to extend his basketball career was announced on Wednesday, July 2. The Charlotte Hornets offered Shaw a spot on its NBA summer league team--which begins play in the Las Vegas tournament soon.
Shaw, a senior from Dallas, Texas was a transfer to Utah State from Oklahoma State and he played two years for the Aggies before exhausting his eligibility. He was arrested last year in Logan, Utah on several charges including felony drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor before a Cache County judge reduced the charges to one third-degree felony charge earlier this year.
Because the judge did not initially allow Shaw to leave the state of Utah during pre-draft workouts, the limited visibility likely caused the 6-10 center’s 2014 NBA Draft stock to plummet. At the draft in Brooklyn, Shaw--who earned all-Mountain West Conference honorable mention for the Aggies in 2013-14--went undrafted.
Shaw was able to work out for several NBA teams and twice for the Utah Jazz at its basketball facility in Salt Lake City after the judge allowed Shaw to travel outside of Utah for workouts a few days prior to the draft. Shaw averaged 14 points and eight rebounds for Utah State in his senior year.
The Hornets are one of several teams that worked out Shaw before the draft got underway. On a team lacking centers--unless you count previous draft bust Bismack Biyombo as a must-have talent--Shaw has a legitimate chance to make the team, as does Jordan Bachynski of Arizona State, brother of Utah Utes center Dallin. Both are on the Hornets summer league roster and both were undrafted players in a talented 2014 NBA Draft class.