The Houston Rockets made plenty of waves in Thursday’s 2022 NBA draft with the selections of Auburn forward Jabari Smith, LSU forward Tari Eason, and Kentucky guard TyTy Washington in the first round.
The Smith selection came as a late surprise, since most mock drafts had projected him at No. 1 to Orlando. But when the Magic shocked the NBA world by taking Duke’s Paolo Banchero, instead, Houston ended up with one of the draft’s best shooters and most versatile defenders.
The Rockets did not have any second-round selections. But that does not mean that the team is done as they evaluate rookie options.
Once the draft concluded late Thursday night, the Rockets began reaching deals with undrafted free agents, who they can put onto their summer league roster once play begins in Las Vegas on July 7.
The first move to leak was Northwest Missouri State guard Trevor Hudgins signing a two-way contract. Hudgins is a two-time Division II Player of the Year. Other additions will be announced in the coming days.
Scroll on for a look at Hudgins receiving the official call from the Rockets, along with his social media reaction and highlights.
The two-way contract, of which Houston only has two at a given time to hand out, could indicate that Hudgins is a real consideration to earn a 2022-23 training camp invite, as well. First on the agenda is summer league, which is when he’ll look to make a strong impression.
Here he is getting the call that his dreams are coming true! pic.twitter.com/WyXuMddEKS
— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) June 24, 2022
The Houston Rockets are signing NW Missouri State G Trevor Hudgins to a two-way contract, his agent @GeorgeLangberg tells ESPN.
A 2-time Division II Player of the Year.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2022