If there’s a 26-year-old who played four years at a college program that made the NCAA tournament each season and has still slipped through the cracks, it’s Micheal Eric.
Eric – a Native Nigerian – didn’t play basketball until he turned 16, and he’s suffered four significant knee injuries since 2011.
The former Temple center went undrafted in 2012 and has spent two pro seasons in the D-League. There’s a case to be made he has untapped potential he hasn’t had an opportunity to show.
The Bucks want to find out.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Eric won’t have long to prove himself. The Bucks have 14 players with guaranteed contracts plus Chris Wright Kendall Marshall, who’s excellent value on his minimum salary.
Milwaukee will likely cut Eric before the season begins. Because Eric played for the Texas Legends last season, they still have his D-League rights, meaning the Bucks can’t waive him and assign him to their D-League affiliate. Milwaukee shares the Fort Wayne Mad Ants with 12 other NBA teams, anyway.
Eric has a chance to impress, but once again, it’s a limited one.