After the draft concludes each year, there’s always a flurry of teams signing undrafted free agents to minimum, non-guaranteed salaries, two-way deals or to their summer league roster. In that vein, news came down from ESPN’s Chris Haynes that Saint Mary’s center Jock Landale (what a name that is!) will play with the Hawks in Utah and Las Vegas this summer:
ESPN Sources: Undrafted rookie center Jock Landale out of Saint Mary’s has committed to playing Summer League for Atlanta Hawks. Averaged 21.1 points his senior year.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 22, 2018
Landale played all four years at Saint Mary’s and was a starter the past two seasons, winning West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors in 2017-18 while putting up 21.1 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game. Early in the season, the big Australian was tabbed as a late second-round pick, but despite his impressive statistical numbers, his draft stock fell as the year wore on, likely due to concerns over his skill set being out of vogue in the modern NBA.
Very much a back to the basket big man, Landale was a very efficient post scorer and pick-and-roll big man, scoring in the 88th percentile in the post and the 96th percentile in pick-and-roll. He’ll get a chance to show what he can bring at the NBA level with a stint in Summer League and while the Hawks look likely to be well-stocked at the big man positions, you can never have enough big bodies, especially in training camp.