GM John Hammond announced today that the Bucks have signed second-round pick Johnny O'Bryant III. According to Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel, it's a three-year deal with a team option for the third year. Similar deals have been given to second-rounders Nate Wolters, Doron Lamb, Jodie Meeks, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute when they signed their first contract with the Bucks.
Per the Bucks release:
The 36th overall selection in the draft, O'Bryant (6-9, 256) appeared in all five games for the Bucks' entry in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and averaged 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per contest. In the summer league finale vs. Golden State on July 18, O'Bryant posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
A native of Cleveland, Miss., O'Bryant played three collegiate seasons at Louisiana State University, averaging 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists over his career. He was named to the All-SEC First Team by the coaches in 2013 and 2014, and earned All-SEC Second Team honors from the AP in 2014. O'Bryant is one of 14 LSU players to record at least 1,000 career points (1,157) and 700 career rebounds (702). He recorded 25 career double-doubles as a Tiger and scored 10+ points in 28 games his junior season. He also led the team in scoring his sophomore season, averaging 13.6 points per game.
The signing puts the Bucks at 15 players under contract at the moment, and that doesn't yet factor in the deals that fellow second-rounder Damien Inglis and free agent Jerryd Bayless should be inking soon. There's no pressure to get back down to that 15 player mark anytime soon though, as final cuts don't have to be made until the start of the season. Chris Wright's non-guaranteed deal would make him the most obvious candidate for the waiver wire.
Time to break out the celebratory Kool-Aid pickles!