McClymonds High grad Will Cherry is the latest guard from Oakland to make it to the NBA.

Cherry added to the city's rich tradition by signing a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, according to a report by Yahoo. The deal is partially guaranteed, the report said.

Cherry impressed the Raptors by averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists for their Las Vegas summer league team. He also shot 52 percent from the field in five games.

After going undrafted out of Montana, Cherry played in the NBA's D-League last season, averaging 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the Canton Charge.

He follows in the steps of former NBA backcourt stars Jason Kidd and Gary Payton of Oakland and current Portland Trail Blazers standout Damian Lillard.

Cherry was a four-year starter at Montana, three times earning first-team all-Big Sky Conference honors. He also was the league's two-time defensive player of the year.

At Montana, Cherry totaled 1,484 points, 397 assists and 265 steals, ranking him No. 2 all-time in Big Sky history in the latter category. He missed 10 games his senior season due to a foot injury.



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