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NBA: Long Beach State’s Casper Ware Signs With Pistons

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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 1:19 am

Long Beach State great Casper Ware was hoping to hear his name called during Thursday’s NBA Draft. Though he was a long shot, he’d worked out for a dozen teams since graduating with his bachelor’s degree from LBSU, and gotten good feedback from several of them.

But the draft came and went without a phone call, leaving Ware’s future up in the air—for approximately twelve hours. Ware’s agent fielded offers the next day, and by Friday afternoon, he had already come to an agreement with the Detroit Pistons. Ware will spend the summer working with the Pistons, including playing for them in their Summer Pro League games in Orlando from July 9th through July 13th.

“They have an open roster spot at point guard,” says Ware, “So I’m hopeful if I play well I can get into training camp.”

The two-time Big West Player of the Year and two-time All-American will have his work cut out for him, but given his marginal status (he would have been a very late draft pick), being able to weigh offers and go with a team he knows has a need at point guard could end up being beneficial.