The Cavaliers signed undrafted rookie center Micheal Eric to a three-year contract on Friday. The first year has a partial guarantee and the last two years are non-guaranteed.
Eric, 24, averaged 9.0 points and 8.8 rebounds as a senior at Temple, but a knee injury eliminated any chance of him being drafted. He went to summer league with the Cavs and averaged 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds, impressing the coaching staff with his defensive ability.
Cavs coach Byron Scott even compared Eric's defensive potential to Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka, who was named to the All-Defensive Team last season.
"He has to look at himself as Ibaka, a guy that came in who was raw, but defensively was a great help defender and a great one-on-one defender, then your offensive game kind of comes,” Scott said. “That’s how Ibaka has developed and I think he (Eric) has the same type of potential.”
Eric is a native of Nigeria and didn't begin playing basketball until he was in high school.