It wasn’t a terrible surprise that the 2018 NBA Draft came and went without Andrew Rowsey being selected. Sure, he’s an electrifying offensive talent, but that doesn’t quite balance out his defensive liabilities merely due to his sub-six-foot height. You have to be defensively versatile to pick up a draft spot these days. It is what it is.
Rowsey was picking up a few pre-draft workouts, though, which is why it brings a smile to my face to read a report from Ben Steele of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Rowsey will play for the Toronto Raptors in the 2018 NBA Summer League.
Former Marquette sharpshooter Andrew Rowsey will play for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA summer league, according to a source. #mubb— Ben Steele (@BenSteeleMJS) June 22, 2018
Rowsey was last seen knocking in 29 points in Marquette’s NIT loss to Penn State. That gave him 716 for the season, setting a brand new MU single season record. Thanks to his fireball of a redshirt senior season, Rowsey is currently the #39 scorer in Marquette history, tallying 1,087 points in his two years in blue and gold. He also cracked the top 10 in three-pointers made in a career with 196 (again, he did this in just two seasons), and he set the single season record for threes attempted and made during his final season in Milwaukee.
The Raptors were one of the squads to bring Rowsey in for a workout, so this isn’t surprising that they’ve brought him in to fill out their roster. It’s also an oddly beneficial situation for Rowsey, as Toronto did not have a single draft pick in this year’s draft. With no incoming rookies on the Summer League roster and OG Anunoby as the only pick from last year’s team, it seems like Toronto’s going to have a pretty wide open setup in terms of available minutes. It’s no guarantee that Rowsey will see significant playing time, of course, but it also doesn’t hurt.
Toronto will play at least five games as a part of the Las Vegas Summer League, with three preliminary round games locked in with opponents already. The teams will be seeded into a tournament from there, with a first round game and at least a consolation round game guaranteed for each squad.
Here’s the schedule for Rowsey and the Raps, including TV channels and times in the Central time zone.
Friday, July 6: Toronto vs New Orleans (2:30pm, ESPNU)
Sunday, July 8: Toronto vs Minnesota (2pm, NBA TV)
Monday, July 9: Toronto vs Oklahoma City (2:30pm, NBA TV)