Justin Harper, the rookie who became the first Orlando Magic player to sign overseas during the NBA lockout, made his debut for Strasbourg IG on Saturday. The lanky combo forward started and played 29 minutes in Strasbourg's 77-74 victory against Cholet, tallying 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Kevin Anderson, Harper's teammate at the University of Richmond, led Strasbourg with 20 points with a Kevin Martin-esque line: 5-of-9 from the field (2-of-3 on threes) and 8-of-9 from the foul line.
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Harper with the 32nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft; Orlando, which rated Harper highly and had him high on its draft board, moved quickly to acquire his rights, sending two future second-round draft picks to the Cavaliers for them.
In his senior season at Richmond, Harper posted per-game averages of 17.9 points, 6.9 rebounds. 1.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks. He shot 53.4 percent from the floor--an outstanding mark for a perimeter player--and 44.8 percent from three-point range on a whopping 4.6 attempts per game.
Strasbourg's next game is Saturday, October 15th, at SLUC Nancy, led by Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum.
DeAndre Liggins, the Magic's other selection in 2011, has yet to sign with an overseas club.