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PHILADELPHIA - Recent Penn grad Ibrahim Jaaber did not hear his name called during the National Basketball Association's (NBA) recent draft, but that does not mean his dream of playing in the NBA is done.
The two-time Ivy League Player of the Year and this year's Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year, Jaaber was recently added to the Detroit Pistons roster for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Pistons are slated to play five games between July 7-14 against teams representing Philadelphia, Memphis, Washington, Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jaaber, who has been training in Las Vegas since graduating in May, had workouts with five NBA teams prior to last week's NBA Draft, and apparently made a favorable impression on at least one of them.
Jaaber finished the season averaging 15.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and led the Ivy League in assists per game and steals per game. His 162 assists on the season tied Penn’s single-season record (previously set in 2000-01 by David Klatsky), and his 90 thefts were second on the single-season list behind the 96 he had last year.
For his career, Jaaber is the Ivy League’s all-time steals leader with 303 -- a number that had him tops among all active NCAA Division I players at the end of the season. He also finished with 1,518 points, which ties him for sixth on Penn’s all-time list with Jerome Allen.
Most recently, Jaaber -- a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year and honorable mention AP All-America -- participated in the Portsmouth Invitational, a senior showcase for NBA and foreign scouts. He averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in his three games there, with 18 assists and five steals.