The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers have signed former Tennessee basketball standout Scotty Hopson (2009-11) to a two-year contract. Cavs acting general manager David Griffin made the announcement Monday morning.
Hopson appeared in 12 league games this year for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball league, where he averaged 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. He also played in 11 Euroleague games for Anadolu Efes, averaging 15.5 points on .625 shooting and 4.2 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game.
The 6-7, 204-pound guard played in three 2013 NBA Summer League contests for the Miami Heat and averaged 11.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 22.0 minutes per game. His best NBA Summer League performance was a 22-point, two-assist, three-steal performance in just 26 minutes against the Brooklyn Nets July 8.
A native of Hopkinsville, Ky., Hopson went undrafted in 2011 and spent the 2011-12 season with Kolossos Rodou of the Greek League. He played for Hapoel Eilat of the Israeli League in 2012-13.
During his three-year UT career, Hopson – who helped lead the Vols to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2010 – appeared in 103 games, making 98 starts and averaging 12.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He also shot .354 from 3-point range (151-426) and totaled 1,305 points, which currently ranks 24th in school history.
Hopson becomes the third active Vol alum to suit up in the NBA, joining Indiana Pacers guard C.J. Watson (2003-06) and Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (2011).
Hopson and Harris – who were teammates at Tennessee for the 2010-11 campaign – could meet up on the court Wednesday, when Cleveland travels to face Orlando at 7 p.m. ET. It is one of seven remaining regular-season games for the Cavs (30-45).