The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a Summer League deal with Antonius Cleveland, an undrafted guard out of Southeast Missouri State, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Undrafted rookie guard Antonius Cleveland of Southeast Missouri State agrees to Summer League deal with Portland, league source tells ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 23, 2017
Cleveland worked out for the Trail Blazers on June 12, in the same batch as freshly drafted forward Caleb Swanigan. Standing at 6’6”, Cleveland has good size for a shooting guard and is capable of finishing around the rim. He should be a worthwhile addition to the Summer League roster, which, as of now, should also include Zach Collins, Swanigan, Pat Connaughton, Jake Layman, and Tim Quarterman.
Pre-draft workout profile, via Portland Trail Blazers:
Career Highlights: Named All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team as a senior. A four-year starter at Southeast Missouri State. setting the school record with 109 starts. Capped his career as the fifth-leading scorer in program history.
Senior (2016-17): Finished seventh in the OVC in scoring (16.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (54.3) and ranked fourth in steals (1.4 spg). Led the Redhawks in scoring, steals, blocks and minutes played (32.9 mpg). Scored a season-high 28 points against DePaul. Grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds twice, both against Murray State. Dished out a season-high seven assists to go with 11 rebounds and 13 points against Murray State.
Junior (2015-16): Led team in scoring (15.2 ppg). rebounding (6.6 rpg), minutes played (31.4 mpg), steals (42) and blocks (15), Ranked second on the team in assists (61) and third in field goal percentage (43.7), . Averaged 15.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in OVC play. Registered at least 20 paints seven times, including a season-high 25 points against Ole Miss. . . Paced team with five double-doubles.
Sophomore (2014-15): Finished second on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg). Scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Murray State. Posted a double-double of 10 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to go with four steals against Eastern Illinois.
Freshman (2013-14): Started 21 games. Ranked third on the team in scoring at 9.1 points per game. Shot 52.5 percent from the field Named OVC Freshman of the Week four times. . Notched 14 double-figure scoring games, highlighted by a 21-point performance against Murray State, . . Scored at least 10 points in each of his first three starts.
Strengths: Very good physical profile for a wing. Long and explosive. Attacks the basket and finishes at the rim. Gets terrific elevation on his mid-range pull-ups. Has improved as a three-point Shooter.
Personal: Became the first SEMO player to make it to the College Slam Dunk Championship (2017)... Also received Division I interest from South Florida and Florida International, among other schools.