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Gradey Dick and Markquis Nowell: NBA’s Unlikely Pair

While Kansas and Kansas State fans can’t agree on many things, both fanbases have a new duo to cheer for in the NBA. While the NBA Draft helps take some of the biggest stars from the Big 12 Conference and put them up against the pros, both the Jayhawks and the Wildcats have players headed to the next level.

Kansas guard Gradey Dick was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 13th overall pick in the NBA Draft, and with the Raptors needing some extra help in their backcourt, they signed Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell to a two-way deal to pair up with Dick in Toronto.


The pair hopped on the Raptor’s social media accounts while attending the Toronto Blue Jays game on Sunday to give fans an introductory message. Dick and Nowell were two of the Big 12’s biggest stars last season and while the rivalry between their schools provided some of the best games of the basketball season, the pair heads to Toronto as backcourt teammates.

Dick averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game as a freshman for the Jayhawks and earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors as well as a member of the All-Newcomer and All-Freshman teams. Nowell averaged 17.6 points, 8.3 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Kansas State earning First Team All-Big 12 honors as well as a spot on the All-Defensive Team.

While the duo had some legendary battles in the Sunflower Showdown, they both now head to Canada to start their professional careers in the NBA as one of the league’s most unlikely duos.

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