March 29, 2017 will be a day to remember for Jarrod Uthoff.
Hours after signing a multi-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks that’s guaranteed for at least the rest of this season, Uthoff scored his first career NBA points against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The former University of Iowa forward backed down Jrue Holiday, turned to the baseline and misfired on a layup, but grabbed the offensive board, pump-faked and laid it in over All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.
Uthoff, a Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate who is the first former Metro prep to play in an NBA regular-season game, went undrafted after earning third-team All-American honors last season at Iowa.
He played in the NBA D-League with Raptors 905 and Fort Wayne before signing two 10-day contracts with Dallas, the last of which expired Wednesday and led to a longer deal.
Here’s Uthoff meeting with the media pregame:
WATCH: Mavs rookie Jarrod Uthoff talks about signing a multi-year deal with Dallas from morning shoot around in New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/iBbDEs4qSp
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 29, 2017