Note: post recently updated after receiving confirmation from Pelle’s agent.
According to Pelle’s agent Dwayne Thompson, Norvel Pelle has signed a D-League contract, and will be available in the upcoming 2013 NBA D-League draft.
Thompson issued the following statement to DleagueDigest.com, “This is confirmation that Norvel Pelle has signed an NBA D-League contract with the hopes of getting picked up for the 2013/2014 season.”
Back in June, Pelle withdrew from the 2013 NBA draft because of a foot injury. Pelle’s entry into the NBADL draft is timely, as the combo power forward/center is yet another once highly touted prep player, without college experience, looking to use the NBA D-League as a springboard to the Association.
Last May, Pelle received an invitation to the NBA draft combine after a noteworthy workout in El Segundo, California. However, without ever seeing the physical specimen and skilled shooter play against formidable competition, there still remains a lot of questions regarding his overall ability. Yet, playing in the NBA D-League could possibly change all of that, especially under the watchful eye of NBA personnel. Last season, the NBA D-League had talented big men on nearly every roster, and for Pelle, the opportunity to showcase his game against fringe NBA players will be a step in the right direction.
With Pelle’s decision to bypass the collegiate ranks now behind him, the big man is surely hoping to write a new chapter in his basketball career. Obviously, Pelle remains an underdog at this point regarding any possible future in the NBA, but with solid coaching, training, and the chance to measure himself up against talented players, Pelle might find success in the D-League route.