LOGAN, Utah – Utah State graduate Jalen Moore has signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, anticipating to spend time with the Bucks and Milwaukee’s NBA G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. Moore signed for two years and is just one of two players within the Bucks organization with a two-way contract, joining former Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig, who signed his contract on July 6.
According to the Bucks’ release on Koenig, NBA rules permit teams to have two Two-Way players on their roster at any given time, in addition to their 15-man regular season roster. A Two-Way player for the Bucks will provide services primarily for the team’s G-League affiliate – the Wisconsin Herd – but can spend up to 45 days with Milwaukee, not including any time prior to the start of the Herd’s training camp and at the conclusion of his season.
Moore will be the first Aggie to don an NBA jersey since 2004, when Desmond Pinegar played 10 games with the Orlando Magic, averaging 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.
Moore led Utah State with 17.0 points, fifth in the Mountain West, and 5.5 rebounds per game, 11th in the MW, last season and was just the third Aggie in school history to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding in three separate years, joining Greg Grant (1982-84, 1985-86) and Marvin Roberts (1968-71) with that distinction.
Moore had the seventh-longest double-digit scoring streak in school history in 2016-17, scoring in double figures in 34 consecutive games. In all, Moore scored in double figures in all but one game and led the Aggies in points 16 times, logging a career high of 27 points in the season finale against Nevada in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships. Moore also paced Utah State on the glass in 11 games this season, recording a season high of 15 rebounds against Nevada on Feb. 1.
Moore wrapped up his career at Utah State among the top 10 in nine career records and among the top 15 in career rebounds. Moore finished fifth in double-digit scoring (91 games), fifth in total minutes (3,815), seventh in blocks (69), field goal attempts (1,210), 3-point field goal attempts (449), consecutive double-digit scoring outings (34) and games played (125), eighth in 3-point field goals made (172), ninth in games started (97), 10th in field goals made (574) and 15th in career rebounds (654).
Moore is currently a member of the Bucks’ summer league roster in Las Vegas, making his debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 7. Moore played in 16 minutes during the game and scored six points, hitting 2-of-3 from behind the arc, and added one rebound. Milwaukee is back in action on Sunday, July 9, facing the Brooklyn Nets at 4 p.m. (MT) on NBAtv.
Teams will play three preliminary games between July 7-11 before being seeded in a tournament that starts on July 12 and concludes with the championship game on Monday, July 17. Each team will play a minimum of five games in Las Vegas.
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