Late last week, we were the first to report that former Stetson forward Derick Newton signed a contract with the G League and will eligible to be selected in next month’s draft. Former UNC Wilmington guard Chris Flemmings will be joining Newton as he’s signed G League and participate in the G League Draft, a source tells Ridiculous Upside.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity with the talent that’s there and with the rebranding also,” Flemmings told Ridiculous Upside about why he decided to enter the G League draft. This move came despite the fact that Flemmings reportedly received some other deals from overseas teams. Although those squads weren’t necessarily from top-flight leagues, its still noticeable that he decided to take a chance in the G League.
He’ll be entering the NBA G League after a successful two-year career at UNC-Wilmington. As a senior, Flemmings shined as he put up 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals on 47% from the field and 35% from beyond the arc in 34.7 minutes per game.
While those solid numbers definitely impressed as he was named to the All-CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) First Team as a senior, he might’ve actually been better during post-season play. That example was evident during the 2017 NCAA Tournament where he put up 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists on 7-16 from the field during their 1st round matchup against Virginia. ALthough they ended up losing that game, Flemmings still showed himself as someone capable of competing against elite competition.
Flemmings is hoping to transfer that past performance against elite competition from the NCAA Tournament to the G League. Standing at 6’5 and 185 pounds, he was able to shine as a combo guard that can work as both a facilitator and lead scoring guard. As an offensive weapon, he can shine as an on-ball cutter, mid-range scorer and perimeter scoring threat. While there’s a lot of factors that can determine whether he succeeds, I think there’s a good reason to be optimistic about Chris Flemmings’ is future in the NBA G League.