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Former Boiler Jon Octeus To Join The Indiana Pacers in NBA Summer League

The point guard hopes to continue his career with the local pro team.

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Former graduate transfer Jon Octeus left Colorado State after the 2013-14 season in hopes of gaining more exposure and catching the eye of NBA scouts. After landing at Purdue, Octeus helped lead the Boilers back to the NCAA Tournament after a two year absence. Running the point for Matt Painter definitely helped raise the profile of the young guard, but a certain dunk has made Octeus a much more well-known figure, at the expense of Indiana's Collin Hartman.

Octeus has shown himself to be an quality point guard with good athleticism and at 6'4" has the prototypical size to play the 1 in the NBA. He plays good defense and was considered a team-first guy while in West Lafayette. He led the Boilers in steals, despite playing alongside DPOY Rapheal Davis. In fact, Octeus was able to fill up the stat sheet in a myriad of different ways. He finished ranked third or better on the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, field goal percentage, and three point percentage. He was named honorable mentioned by both the coaches and the media.

If he is going to make an NBA roster for next season, Octeus is going to have to improve his jump shooting and ball handling. He will get his chance with Indiana Pacers in Summer League. Octeus worked out for Larry Bird, Frank Vogel and Indiana prior to the draft, as well as participating in work outs with the Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat. The Pacers are looking to add talent at the guard positions in the offseason and playing with them should give Octeus his best chance to wind up on a team.