The draft is over, but the Toronto Raptors aren't done.
According to reports from The Athletic's Blake Murphy and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Toronto will sign Justin Champagnie, an undrafted forward, to a two-way contract.
The Raptors will be signing Justin Champagnie to a two-way contract, per a source.- Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) July 30, 2021
Champagnie, a 6-foot-6 forward from the University of Pittsburgh, averaged 18.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals over 20 games (19 starts) as a sophomore in the 2020-21 season. His play in the 2020-21 season earned him First-Team All-ACC honours.
So, who is Justin Champagnie? Read up on the Raptors' reported two-way signing.
Who is Justin Champagnie? Fast facts on the Raptors' reported two-way signing
Justin Champagnie was born on June 29, 2001, in Staten Island, NY.
Champagnie, and his twin brother, Julian, grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where they attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. During his senior season, Champagnie averaged 19.8 points per game and was considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, choosing Pittsburgh over scholarship offers from Cincinnati and Dayton, among other programs.
As a freshman, Champagnie was an immediate contributor, leading the team with averages of 12.7 points and 7.0 rebounds over 33 games (27 starts), including 14 double-digit outings in conference play. In the opening round of the 2020 ACC Tournament Champagnie scored 31 points to help Pitt eliminate Wake Forest.
Champagnie took a leap in his sophomore campaign, again leading the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 18.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. His 18.0 points per game ranked second in the ACC, while his 11.1 rebounds led the entire conference.
As a 6-foot-6 forward, that's nothing short of impressive.
Champagnie might not have heard his name called in the 2021 NBA Draft, but after competing for two years in one of the nation's toughest basketball conferences, he has tremendous upside that he will bring to Toronto and the Raptors 905.
Along with Toronto's draft selections of Scottie Barnes, Dalano Banton and David Johnson, you should expect to see Champagnie take the floor with the Raptors at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, which tips off on Sunday, Aug. 8 in Las Vegas, NV.
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