After tearing his ACL in a pre-draft workout last year, former Arkansas forward Michael Qualls’ NBA chances looked done.
Now it appears he is getting a second chance.
According to Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com, the former Arkansas product had agreed to a deal to play for the Pelicans summer league team.
Shreveport native and 6-5 SG Michael Qualls (played for Arkansas in college) will play for New Orleans in summer league #PelicanState
— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) June 28, 2016
Qualls averaged 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in his junior season at Arkansas. After leading the Razorbacks to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Qualls and fellow Arkansas big man Bobby Portis declared for the draft. Portis went in the first round to the Chicago Bulls, while Qualls went undrafted after he tore his ACL in a pre-draft workout for the Phoenix Suns on June 11.
Qualls was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, but was waived. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Qualls would’ve been drafted in 2015 had he not torn his ACL.