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Reggie Hearn signs with the Lakers

The former ‘Cats standout is headed to the West Coast.

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Northwestern basketball may not be in the best place on the college front, but its pro representation got a little stronger today. Former NU guard Reggie Hearn signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, adding to a short list of ‘Cats fighting for a spot on NBA rosters.

Hearn was a productive member of the NU basketball team under Bill Carmody, starting as a walk on before earning a scholarship. The Fort Wayne native averaged 13.4 points per game in his senior season.

After graduating from Northwestern, Hearn found a spot in the G-league before bouncing around a couple of NBA teams, including the Kings and Pistons (the latter of whom he scored his first points at the highest level for). He was most recently with the Stockton Kings of the G-league in 2018-19.

Perhaps Hearn’s finest moment was his buzzer-beater in Fiba World Cup Qualifying earlier this year:

As a member of the U.S. national team, Hearn shot 64 percent from three-point range and was named the 2018 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

He faces an uphill battle to make the Lakers roster, but if the past is any indication, the former walk-on will be ready to fight for his spot.