Georgetown University’s once-storied basketball program has faltered in recent years, but the team’s struggles didn’t prevent its backcourt tandem of Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak from realizing their dreams of reaching the NBA.
After going unselected in the June 22 draft, Pryor signed a free-agent deal with the Brooklyn Nets and Peak inked a contract to play with the Houston Rockets’ summer league team.
The two guards, who combined for 34 ppg in their lone season together at Georgetown in 2016, are the first Hoyas to make the NBA since Otto Porter was drafted by the Washington Wizards in 2013.
Pryor, 24, has brushed off the draft-night disappointment, saying that such adversity prepared him to seize the moment when the Nets came calling.
“God placed me on the journey to success, I had goals and aspirations and [though] they seemed far-fetched — I never received hype and buzz — but I always worked and found myself in places to get better,” Pryor said. “When the opportunity presented itself, I got realized how close I was to reaching my goal as a child and now I’m happier than ever. Being patient allowed me to enjoy the process rather than be stressed.”
He recounted the numerous roadblocks he faced on his path to the pros, from his humble beginnings in junior college and dealing with major injuries to the numerous transfers throughout his collegiate career.
“Out of high school, I went to Kirkwood Community College [in Iowa], Cloud County Community College [in Kansas], where I tore my ACL,” Pryor said. “When you deal with these obstacles to make a roster spot in the NBA, there’s no discouragement. I’m just motivated [by] what I’ve persevered through in the past.”
Peak, 21, who declared for the draft after three years at Georgetown, announced his signing to Houston via Twitter amid high praise from his followers, former coaches and teammates past and present.
Both players will make their debuts in the NBA summer league on July 7. Pryor and the Nets will face the Atlanta Hawks at 5 p.m ET, while Peak and the Rockets will square off against the Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m. Summer league action can be seen on ESPN and NBA TV.