|Former Queens standout Todd Withers signs with Detroit Pistons|
|Royals great played in G League in 2018-19|
|Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019 4:47 pm|
|Former Queens standout Todd Withers, left, has signed with the Detroit Pistons, making him the first Royals player to do so with an NBA team.|
Former Queens All-America Todd Withers has his NBA opportunity.
Withers, who signed with the Detroit Pistons’ Summer League team, signed a contact Monday with the team, making the 2018 Queens graduate the first Royals player to join an NBA squad. Withers averaged 10 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the Summer League while shooting 57 percent from the 3-point line. The Pistons went 4-1, losing in the quarterfinals after advancing from pool play as the No. 2 overall seed with an unbeaten record (4-0).
Withers played with the Grand Rapids Drive, Detroit’s G-League affiliate, where he started 37 games while playing 25.8 minutes per contest. He averaged 6.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game, shot 40.5 percent from the field and finished with the league’s third-highest defensive rating.
“Todd has always been a special young man and a winner,” Queens coach Bart Lundy said in a statement. “He was completely under-valued as a high school player and was on almost no state rankings you can find. Queens became his only scholarship offer. Todd turned not only the basketball program but the entire Queens community into his extended family. I don’t know if I have ever coached a player who had more deep relationships on campus than Todd.”
As a Queens senior, Withers earned All-America status by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, becoming the first Royal named since 2004. He led the team in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots, averaging 13.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
Withers was also named a first-team all-conference selection, a second-team all-region selection and all-state as the Royals went a school-record 32-4 and won the Southeast Regional title to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003. Queens advanced to the national semifinals for the second time in school history.
“For the Pistons, not only do they see a good player and a winner on the court but they see a person who will sacrifice for those around him and help in any way he can to the group,” Lundy said.
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