The Charlotte Hornets are shaping out their training camp roster, and headlining the group is former College of Charleston point guard Joe Chealey.
The team announced the signing today, though Michael Scotto broke the news yesterday:
The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a deal with Joe Chealey, a league source told The Athletic. Chealey averaged 18 points per game for Charleston and led them to the NCAA Tournament.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 26, 2018
Chealey averaged 6.2 points, 4.2 points, and 2.8 rebounds per game with the Hornets in Summer League. He was brought in just two days before the team left for Las Vegas, but he impressed the coaching staff and front office to the point that assistant general manager Buzz Peterson praised him on-air in an interview with NBA TV during the team’s final summer league game.
As Scotto points out, Chealey averaged 18 points per game his senior season at College of Charleston.
Along with Chealey, the Hornets signed guard Jaylen Barford and forwards Zach Smith and Isaiah Wilkins to the training camp roster as well:
Of these four, Chealey has the best shot at making the roster. With Devonte’ Graham’s recovery time table unknown at this point — though he did receive good news that he won’t require surgery — the Hornets made need an extra point guard. That said, there may not be room, at least directly with the Hornets. J.P. Macura and Mathiang Mangok fill both of the team’s two-way contract spots (Mangok signed a two-year deal last season), which would’ve been the most realistic way of making the roster. Chealey could very well end up with the Greensboro Swarm, but unsigned by the Hornets, he would be able to sign with other teams.
Training camp kicks off in late September in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.