Former Cal Poly men's basketball guard David Nwaba became the first Mustang in the program's Division I era to sign a contract with an NBA franchise following the Tuesday morning announcement that the Los Angeles Lakers inked the former All-Big West Conference selection to a 10-day deal.
Nwaba stands 6'4 with a 6'11.5 wingspan and made the Reno Bighorns as a tryout player before being acquired by the D-Fenders in a draft day trade by Los Angeles. The Los Angeles native is in his first year with the D-Fenders and is averaging 13.9 points, seven rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks while shooting 64.5 percent from the field. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Nwaba will get a chance to prove himself under rookie head coach Luke Walton, while playing alongside a trio of young, offensive-minded guards in Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.
Nwaba helped Cal Poly advance to the NCAA Tournament during his sophomore season in 2014.
Nwaba is the 24th players in Los Angeles D-Fenders history to receive a call-up from the parent club. "Dunk" by D-Fenders broadcaster Eric Rothman.
The first game Nwaba will be eligible to make his National Basketball Association debut during comes on Tuesday night as the team takes on the Charlotte Hornets, as the Lakers attempt to stay out of last place in the Western Conference.