After bouncing around the NBA G League for a couple years, former UTEP basketball standout Julian Washburn officially signed a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies today.

Memphis General Manager Chris Wallace announced the signing of Washburn after of waiving forward/center Jarnell Stokes.

Washburn, a 6-foot-8 combo guard/forward, started 18 games this season with NBA G League's Austin Spurs where he averaged 10.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists through 23 total games this year. He shot 44.4 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from 3-point range.

He's a 27-year-old basketball player who was undergoing his third season with Austin (2015-16, 2017-19) and helped Austin capture a 2018 NBA G League championship.

Prior to playing in the G League, Washburn bounced around teams overseas in Germany and New Zealand. The Houston native was left undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Photo courtesy of UTEP Athletics

At UTEP, Washburn won the 2014-15 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Award and was selected to the C-USA All-Defensive Team three times. He ranks first in UTEP history for minutes (4,448), fourth in field goals (592), sixth in scoring (1,526 points), tied for eighth in three-point field goals (119), 11th in assists (274) and 12th in steals (118).

Memphis hopes that a player like Washburn can come off the bench and help as a wing defender. He fits their gritty mantra—fighting for buckets on offense and grinding it out on defense.

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