Once summer league has ended, life can be full of questions and uncertainty for an undrafted free agent hoping to make the journey to the NBA.
After an outstanding college career that saw him lead the Big East in offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and total rebounds as a senior for Notre Dame, Jack Cooley is now looking to make that difficult transition to the Association.
Although he never had the pleasure of hearing his name called out by David Stern or Adam Silver at the 2013 NBA draft, he still thrived against the competition at summer league, both in Orlando and Las Vegas.
Cooley averaged 7.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game with the Houston Rockets, then traveled to the Strip. While playing with the Memphis Grizzlies, the big man put up 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, consistently showing off a smooth jumper from the outside.
It allowed him to emerge as one of the summer league standouts, but his performance hasn't landed him an NBA contract yet.
On behalf of Bleacher Report, I had an opportunity to discuss this experience and what comes next with the 22-year-old power forward.