As many of the top D-League prospects continue to strut their stuff in hopes of snagging a 10-day contract or two in the NBA, one freakishly athletic forward is reportedly getting set to join the minor league in preparation to garner some big league consideration of his own.
Sources tell RidiculousUpside.com that University of Rhode Island alum Orion Outerbridge has returned home and is looking to embark on the next step in his basketball journey, using the NBA D-League as his bridge.
A big man full of outstanding athleticism and physicality, Outerbridge could most recently be found turning heads while playing overseas in Greece to start this season. In addition to stealing the show as M.V.P. of an All-Star Game in Cyprus, the forward went on to average 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks per contest.
After dominating the competition across the pond, Outerbridge is once again stateside. The source says that not only does the forward desire to find a home in the NBADL, but that there is also mutual interest. Multiple teams, including the Erie BayHawks, are interested in potentially bringing the forward into the fold.
Though his skill set most comfortably translates into that of a combo forward in the NBA, Outerbridge played out of position overseas, but was still able to prosper as a center. In addition to being a pestering defender on the inside, the big man's wowing athleticism allows him to display explosiveness on both sides of the floor. He can slam it home, or step out and spread the floor a bit as well.
The versatility Outerbridge has continued to display on every hardwood he's graced should make him an intriguing option for any number of teams looking to take a chance on a player that can offer his squad an array of different things.
In addition to participating in some pre-draft workouts for a couple of teams last year, the athletic freak of nature also emerged as one of the more promising young guns during a group work out in New York City that was observed by executives from teams like the Knicks, Nets, and Grizzlies.
To see the very type of skill-set Outerbridge owns, take a look at the highlight clip below.