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Earning a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, former Stony Brook basketball superstar Jameel Warney will embrace every moment he has in the NBA.
The Mavericks played against the Houston Rockets on Sunday and got decimated 105-82. However, Warney played eight minutes, scored five points and four rebounds with three of them coming off the offensive glass.
During the 10-day stretch for the New Jersey native and Stony Brook 2016 graduate, the Mavericks will face off against the New York Knicks on Tuesday and Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. Warney wants his dream to last and extend his time and presence in Dallas.
Warney is aware of coming from a mid-major school like Stony Brook and being undersized at the forward/center position, it would be a long and rigorous road to make it to the NBA. He's playing very well in his two seasons in the G-League with the Texas Legends averaging 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds. It's no surprise Warney's name was eventually called up while being coached by Bob MacKinnon. He's had more players called up to the NBA than other coach in G-League history. With his dominant play with the Legends, Warney knew he would eventually get a chance to play with the big boys at this highest level.
“I knew I had the confidence that I could get to this spot,” he said. “It just doesn’t matter when. I knew the Texas Legends opportunity was great because Bob MacKinnon just helps everybody improve. He has the most NBA call-ups, so he’s doing something right.”
After Warney's first bucket in the NBA, it easily grasped the attention of Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle who is in his tenth season with Dallas. He had nothing but good things to say about the 24-year-old in his first ever NBA game.
“Warney’s a winner,” Carlisle said after the Rockets game. “The guy goes in the game and just immediately is in the right place every time. He got the ball in the basket, kept a couple balls alive. He’s a very underrated player.”
The Mavericks next game will be on the road against the New York Knicks (24-43) on Tuesday March 13. The Knicks haven't won in a game since Feb. 22.
With Warney's aggressive play in his debut, there's a possibility he could more minutes off the bench.