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Who is Ishmail Wainright? Fast facts on Toronto Raptors' latest reported signing

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Toronto Raptors have signed forward Ishmail Wainwright to a two-year deal.

During the 2020-21 season, the 26-year-old was linked to the Raptors amidst their frontcourt issues, but the two sides have finally reportedly come to a deal this offseason. Wainright is listed on Toronto's Summer League roster, so fans won't have to wait long to see the team's newest addition in action.

But who is Wainright and what does he bring to the Raptors?

Background

Wainright was born on Sept. 12, 1994 and is from Kansas City, MO. He attended basketball powerhouse prep high school Montrose Christian in Maryland and was the 60th-ranked player in the ESPN Top 100 for the class of 2013.

Wainright chose Baylor University over offers from schools like St. John's, Texas and Ohio State.

He stands at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds with a 7-foot-1 wingspan.

College Experience

Wainright was a four-year college basketball player at Baylor. While he never averaged more than six points per game over his four seasons, his defensive impact allowed him to appear in over 30 games every year in college, becoming an every-day starter by his junior and senior seasons.

As a senior, Wainright averaged 5.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals over 35 starts. He was a 41.8 percent shooter from the field and 33.1 percent shooter from 3 over the course of his career, knocking down an impressive 40.6 percent of his 69 3-point attempts as a junior.

His prowess on the defensive end helped earn him Big-12 All-Defensive Team honours his senior year.

Following four seasons of basketball, Wainright elected to play one season of football at Baylor. As a tight end for a high-major Division-I program, he hauled in four catches for 34 yards and two touchdowns.

Professional career

Wainright was signed by the Buffalo Bills following his lone football season but eventually chose to hang up the cleats and return to the hardwood.

He played professional basketball for two seasons in Germany, averaging 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Nuremberg Falcons BC of the lower Bundesliga before signing a deal with SC Rasta Vechta of the Bundesliga. There, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds, thus earning a deal with SIG Strasbourg of the France LNB Pro A.

This past season with SIG Strasbourg, Wainright averaged 11.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game, adding a versatile and physical presence on the wing.

Wainright fits the bill of what the Raptors are aiming for this offseason - long and athletic players who can defend multiple positions.

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