Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria
Undrafted Adelaide 36ers big man Harry Froling will not participate in this year’s NBA Summer League but remains hopeful that another impressive NBL campaign will open more doors in the US this time next year.
Froling did not hear his name called in last week’s NBA Draft and, despite initial interest from several teams, hasn’t been picked up for next week’s showcase event in Las Vegas.
The talented 21-year-old is now back in Australia and, after playing the last part of the New Zealand NBL season with Tasmania’s Southern Huskies, will turn his attention towards preparing for his sophomore NBL campaign.
Addressing his status with media last night, Froling cited “contract restrictions” as the reason he has been looked over for the Summer League this year.
To clarify, the reigning NBL Rookie of the Year has a standard NBA out-clause in his current contract with the Adelaide 36ers – a deal negotiated by his previous representatives.
Under the terms of that clause, Froling is to be released from his NBL deal should he receive an offer of a full NBA contract.
However NBA teams typically look to fill out their Summer League rosters with players who could potentially be signed on two-way contracts or Exhibit 10 deals – contracts that usually see players spend considerable time playing for the team’s G-League affiliate.
Given Froling’s specific circumstances, he has been overlooked for this year’s event with teams preferring to wait twelve months – when he will be out of contract – before giving him a long hard look.
Adelaide 36ers head coach Joey Wright today reaffirmed his club’s support of Froling’s NBA aspirations, adding that another season of growth in the NBL will further prepare him for the world’s top league.
“Harry will only improve with every year,” Wright told The Age’s Roy Ward.
“Getting his basketball intellect where it needs to be and getting his body where it needs to be is the next goal and I think he did a lot of that in the States.
“I’m excited about him taking what he did body-wise and preparation-wise for the NBA and bring it back here to the NBL.”
According to Wright, it’s highly likely that Froling’s NBA journey is only just beginning.
“Harry is going to have multiple chances to give the NBA a go,” he said.
“He will have to do everything right in between now and then and if he does that then I think he will give himself a great opportunity.”