It was an exciting week for one former Griz basketball player who was given an opportunity to live his dream of playing in the NBA.
Wednesday night former Griz point guard Will Cherry was offered a two year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
"It really hasn't hit me yet," said Cherry. "I don't think it will actually hit me yet probably until it's time for me to actually pick out a jersey number."
Cherry has seen plenty of success throughout his playing days, during his four year career at the University of Montana he helped the Grizzlies to back-to-back conference championships and appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Since then, Cherry has been competing in the NBA D-League trying to impress teams and most recently he had a couple of break-out performances as a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League team.
Cherry becomes the first Griz basketball player to play in the NBA since Larry Krystkowiak started his pro career back in 1986.
"It's big for me, but it's also big for the city of Missoula and state of Montana," said Cherry. "I'm just trying to represent the Griz and make a lot of people proud. I know it started with the summer league. Griz fans, they travel everywhere, they're everywhere you know so I can't escape them and I don't want to escape them. What I'm doing right now is definitely much bigger than me so I'm happy to represent the 406 in a great fashion in a great way in the NBA."
This week and next week Cherry will be in Los Angeles working with Raptors personnel. Following that he will be at an NBA camp in Las Vegas starting on August 10.