Former Porter Ridge basketball star Caleb Homesley is one step closer to realizing his dream as an NBA player.
Last week, the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League announced signing Homesley to a deal for the 2021 season, which begins in February in a similar bubble-style setup to the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Games will be played at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
The BayHawks are the G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing originally signed an Exhibit-10 deal with the Washington Wizards after going undrafted, but he was waived by the team shortly after their G League affiliate — the Capital City Go-Go — opted out of the 2021 G League season.
The Greensboro Swarm, the G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, will also participate in the 2021 season. The Swarm recently had the No. 1 pick in the 2021 G League draft and selected Admiral Schofield, a 6-foot-5 forward who played collegiately at Tennessee.
Players who sign G League contracts last year earned a base salary of $7,000 a month for the five-month regular season, according to a Forbes Magazine report in April of 2020. It’s unclear how much players will make with the league playing in a bubble format this season.
Players can also earn additional money if they are called up to the NBA. In 2017-18, according to the league, about one-fourth of players under G League contracts earned an average of $44,000 in NBA roster bonuses.
The projected minimum NBA salary for a rookie in 2020-21 is $898,310, or just over $4,000 a day during the five-month regular season. If Homesley eventually signs a two-way deal and spends a full 45 days in the NBA, he could stand to make over $180,000 on top of the money he’d make with the G League team.
Homesley is the only player in Union County history to sign an NBA contract. The 23-year old spent the previous five seasons playing college basketball at Liberty. As a redshirt senior in 2019-20, Homesley was named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year after averaging 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
Homesley finished his career at Liberty 10th all-time in scoring with 1,539 career points and eighth all-time in rebounds with 703. Along with his conference player of the year award, Homesley also earned first-team all-conference honors twice and was named the MVP of the 2020 Atlantic Sun Tournament.