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Penn State Hoops Alum Josh Reaves Scores First Points Of NBA Career

Former Penn State men’s basketball star Josh Reaves scored the first points of his NBA career Monday night in the Dallas Mavericks’ 122-114 win over the Utah Jazz.

He received a pass under the basket and smoothly converted the layup for his first two points.

Reaves finished the game with four points, three assists, and one rebound in 14 minutes of action. The assists and rebound are also the first of his young NBA career.

He made his NBA debut earlier this year on January 2 and attempted one shot in one minute of action. Now, more than seven months later, he joined the league’s record books with his first points.

The Nittany Lion spent the majority of the 2019-2020 season with the Texas Legends, the Mavericks’ G-League affiliate. He averaged 30.6 minutes, 13.7 points, five rebounds, and two steals per game and started all 37 games he appeared in.

Reaves was known for his defense during his four-year career at Penn State. He averaged 2.1 steals per game and was named to two Big Ten All-Defensive teams while wearing the blue and white. Additionally, he was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season in 2018-19. Reaves ranks No. 2 on Penn State’s all-time steals list with 250.

He is currently the only Penn Stater inside the NBA’s “bubble” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reaves and the Mavericks are back in action at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11 when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is suddenly Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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