Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Quincy Acy, the newest member of the Reggie Evans Club.
While he was drafted 37th, a whole league behind number eighth pick Terrence Ross, the bearded former Baylor forward made an immediate impression in his initial Raptors performance, Friday.
At a meet and greet with local media, Acy seemed a newer, equally Amish Reggie.
“It’s Reggie Evans with a free throw,” cracked GM Bryan Colangelo.
Injuries limited the original Reggie to just 58 Raptor games but it’s hard to forget a player who once brought down 22 rebounds in a game and averaged 11.5 rebounds in just 27 minutes of playing time in his second Toronto season.
Evans, like another long-ago roughneck, Charles Oakley, carved out a niche as a player who hit the boards as hard as any Maple Leaf.
“We’re in Canada now,” Acy said. “Think about a hockey player on the basketball court. I am going to make tough plays, compete, go hard on every drill. I want to bring a presence in everything I do.”
Acy, like Evans a broad-shouldered six-foot-eight, averaged 12 points and 7.4 minutes in 30 minutes a night at Baylor. He was a unanimous choice for the Big 12 All-Defensive Team but there are hints of offence. Acy was only the second player in Baylor history to be ranked in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage.
“I love Reggie to death but his (Acy’s) skill level is much, much higher than Reggie’s,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.
“I think (playing in the low post) might be what I do best, “Acy said. “Catch and dunk.”
“We have two hard-working, high-calibre young men with very good basketball skills,” said Colangelo. “Athleticism, talent, basketball acumen, both will bring a tremendous amount.”
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Ross was tutored in the game by his mother. “She would beat me until I was in the seventh or eighth-grade,” he said.
Ross supplements the offensive versatility already being supplied by Raptors wingman DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan is better at bulling to the basket. Ross supplies more of an outside shooting threat.
“I know DeMar is a freak athletically,” he said. “I think we’ll complement each other.”
The six-foot-seven, 197-pound Ross averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore at Washington. He averaged 25 points in four games during Washington’s run to the NIT semifinals and made 15 of 37 (.405) three-point attempts.
He is used to starting from the back of the pack.
“Going into college I was always the youngest guy but at the end of the year I played a lot. That’s something that got me here,” he said.
The Raptors used their third pick in the draft to select six-foot-eleven Croatian Tomislav Zubcic