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Ron Harper Jr. signs new two-way deal with Toronto Raptors



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Ron Harper Jr. is signing another two-way deal with the Toronto Raptors per a report from Adrian Wojnarowski. This new deal follows his rookie season with the Raptors in which he was also on a two-way deal.

In his first professional season as a two-player for the Toronto Raptors this past year, Harper Jr. averaged 17.1 points. 5.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 29 regular season games. He shot 50% from the field, 62.8% from two-point range and 36% from 3-point range for the Raptors 905. Harper Jr. produced a triple-double in March in the G League before scoring 10 points in for the Raptors on the final day of the NBA regular season.

At the NBA Summer League earlier this month, Harper Jr. had two standout performances in the final week. One night after a breakout fourth quarter, Harper Jr. scored a game high 19 points in a 99-94 overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Harper Jr. shot 5 of 13 from the floor, 0 of 3 from three-point range and an impressive 9 of 10 from the foul line. He added 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in 32 minutes.

Playing on back to back nights, Harper Jr.’s big performance came after catching fire in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. After starting just 1 of 7 from the floor through three quarters, he exploded with two dunks and a driving layup in the first minute and a half. The posterizing dunk lit a spark for Harper Jr. He scored three baskets on three straight possessions followed by making four straight free throws. He finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in 33 minutes.

In four NBA Summer League games, Harper Jr. averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 blocks per game. He shot 35.8% from the floor, 48.0% from two-point range (12-25), 16.7% from three-point range (3-18), and an impressive 93.8% from the foul line in making 15 of 16 attempts.

The former Rutgers star will look to make the most of his second two-way deal. He became a more complete player as a rookie and will look to carve out a role with the Raptors this coming season.

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