Dallas Mavericks rookie Dexter Dennis was someone that the Mavs signed with just over a week to go before training camp, and the sky is the limit for him.
Although Dennis hasn't played in a regular season game for Dallas yet, he has made his impact felt in the NBA G League playing for the Texas Legends.
Through three games, Dennis is averaging 10.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game. He has displayed his elite physical tools, some 3-point shooting ability, and defense quickly, and Mavs fans should be excited.
Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams gives ultimate compliment to Mavericks rookie
Before signing with Dallas this summer, Dennis played five years of college basketball and finished his collegiate career at Texas A&M playing for coach Buzz Williams.
While at A&M, Dennis averaged 9.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. He was a phenomenal rebounder and defender, ultimately earning him a Summer League spot with the Orlando Magic and a training camp invite with the Mavs.
Coach Williams is someone who spoke quite highly of Dennis during his time as an Aggie, and that of course, hasn't changed since.
After the Aggies' 79-66 win over the SMU Mustangs on Tuesday, Williams spoke on Dennis and what he meant to the Aggies.
"He was the best listener I've ever coached," Williams said. "If you told him one thing in film, if you told him one thing in a timeout, if you told him one thing in practice, you never had to tell him again."
Williams continued to stress Dennis' ability to listen and pick up on things, and his character on and off the floor. Dennis fit into A&M's hard-working culture perfectly, and he should be a perfect fit in coach Jason Kidd's team, as Dallas always seems to emphasize bringing in high-character guys.
Williams also touched on Dennis' on-court performance, and one thing that Williams told NBA teams when they called will excite Mavs fans as it shows just how good Dennis can be.
"I think he can guard anybody," Williams said.
Standing at 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Dennis has the tools to be an elite guard defender in the NBA with the ability to switch onto some wings due to his physicality and strength.
For all the latest on Dexter Dennis and the Dallas Mavericks this season, stay tuned.