Jared Rhoden signs with Sacramento Kings

Jared Rhoden signs with Sacramento Kings

Seton Hall basketball fans saw it from Jared Rhoden throughout his four-year college career. There was the loose ball he wrestled away from two UConn players with the clock ticking down. There was the late-game takeover in a must-win against Xavier. There was the backbreaker 3-pointer he swished at Butler as a sophomore.

Rhoden has tenacity to spare, but even by his standards, the display over the past three months was remarkable.

The 6-foot-6 wing willed himself from fringe pro prospect to an NBA free-agent contract. He signed with the Sacramento Kings early Friday, a few hours after the NBA Draft ended, according to ESPN. Details of the deal were not immediately available. It’s the latest stop in a meteoric rise for Rhoden, who turned a spot in the Portsmouth Invitational into a spot in the G League Combine, and then used that to springboard into the NBA Combine.

“I came to Seton Hall as a three-star recruit and earned everything I got,” Rhoden said earlier this week. “I know I have to prove myself. Carrying around that underdog mentality has gone a long way, and it’s what helped me in this process. ”

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Seton Hall Pirates guard Jared Rhoden (14) reacts during the second half against the California Golden Bears at Suncoast Credit Union Arena.

Always a solid mid-range shooter, Rhoden opened pro doors by shooting well from 3-point range throughout the pre-draft process. He also received high marks at the combines for his physicality, conditioning and team-oriented play.

What is his new team getting in Rhoden?

He was a three-year starter, helped the Pirates achieve three NCAA Tournament seasons, and as a senior earned first team All-Big East honors after averaging 15.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

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