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The all-time leading scorer at Stony Brook Jameel Warney proved himself he can play with the big boys in the NBA. He earned a 10-day contract to play with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday March 7.
He is expected to start sign a contract on Sunday March 11. It's likely that he'll be on the Mavericks roster when they play the New York Knicks on Tuesday March 13 and the Brooklyn Nets on March 17.
The 6-7 forward from Plainfield, NJ played for the Mavericks NBA G-League team Texas Legends for two seasons. He solidified himself as a tenacious rebounder, a terrific post scorer and a shot blocker. In 82 games played for the Legends, he's averaged 18.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
The journey in the G-League started for Warney when he went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft after playing four years at Stony Brook. He is the first player in school history to make an NBA roster. In college, he scored 2,132 points, 1,275 rebounds, 276 blocks and 104 steals. He also lead Stony Brook to their first ever America East Championship victory in school history in 2016. In his final game at Stony Brook in a victory over Vermont, he posted a career-high 43 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks. He also crowned the America East's Most Outstanding Player.
Warney brought the Seawolves to their first NCAA Tournament bid in school history. In the first round, No. 13 Stony Brook took on No. 4 Kentucky. The Seawolves lost 85-57 but Warney posted a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
The Mavericks sit fourth in the Southwest at 20-45 this season. He can certainly help out the frontcourt with his versatility and presence in the paint. Also, Dallas has large problems this season with an abundance of youth. Warney could benefit the team with his defensive presence and offensive game in the post.
Warney played for the Mavericks' Orlando Pro Summer League team prior to this season. He averaged 12 points, 5.3 rebounds 2.3 blocks in 21.6 minutes in the duration of four games. He helped them win a Summer League championship and was the third leading scorer.
In 2016, Warney was a part of the Mavericks' Las Vegas Summer League team. In the following summer he went back to Vegas to play with the Los Angeles Clippers.
In December of 2017, Warney was name USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. He proved himself to earn that with his stellar play during the AmeriCup. He earned MVP honors after averaging 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting just under 65 percent from the field. The team went 5-0 and won a gold medal.
The 24-year-old forward is ready to play in the NBA and possibly take the league by storm.