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Sources: Florida State’s Trent Forrest signs with Utah Jazz

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The winningest player in FSU history gets a two-way deal.

On an historic night for Florida State basketball that saw two guys drafted in the lottery for the first time in school history (Patrick Williams to the Chicago Bulls, and Devin Vassell to the San Antonio Spurs), the heart and soul of the Seminole program over the last four years didn’t hear his name called. However, Trent Forrest looks like he’ll still get his opportunity to play in the NBA, as first reported by The Athletic:

A two-way contract puts Forrest in a great position with the Jazz, as he’ll get a pay increase if he’s able to make the Jazz’s NBA roster as opposed to a one-way contract that would pay him the same regardless. NBA teams can only have two of these contracts per season, and they’re usually reserved for undrafted free agents teams think can make it to the League. And in heading to Salt Lake City, Forrest gets the opportunity to learn under budding NBA star and former Louisville standout, Donovan Mitchell.

Forrest, like Terance Mann last year, is a guy who likely would’ve benefitted from a full slate of NBA Summer League. Since those are off the table this year, he can now use his time in the G League to further refine his shot and playmaking abilities and likely projects as a defensive substitute that can be asked for a little bit of offense each game. Forrest has the size, length, and athleticism that intrigues NBA scouts and should be an excellent perimeter defender at the pro-level. If he becomes even a 33% shooter from deep, we could see him carve out a solid NBA career.