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PRO COUGS TRACKER: Cougs launch NBA careers

Gueye to Atlanta, Powell to Miami
WSU forward Mouhamed Gueye dribbles toward the basket during an NCAA basketball game against Oregon State, Feb. 16, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

The NBA is the new home for two pro Cougs. On June 22, Mouhamed Gueye joined the Atlanta Hawks and Justin Powell signed a Summer League contract with the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat.

Gueye shook Deputy NBA Commissioner Mark Tatum’s hand with a Charlotte Hornets hat on his head after the Hornets selected him with the 39th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. Within a matter of hours, Gueye was traded to the Boston Celtics and from Boston to the Atlanta Hawks.

In a recent interview with Swx’s Austin Getz, WSU head coach Kyle Smith said the Hawks showed the most interest in Gueye and seriously considered taking him at No. 15 overall.

Smith noted the Hawks general manager, Landry Fields, was a Pac-12 basketball player and No. 39 overall pick as well.

“They just did the most work on [Gueye] and they see a future for him so that’s a great, great position for him to be in,” Smith said.

Smith also spoke on Justin Powell, who joins a Heat organization known for developing undrafted players into valuable NBA contributors.

WSU guard Justin Powell makes his entrance during ZzuMania, Nov. 2.

“He kind of fits that mold. He’s a big 6-6 guy who can bang long threes, he’s got a good feel, he’s a better defender than people think. So he’s on his journey and he’ll get a good crack there,” Smith said.

WSU forward Mouhamed Gueye drives toward the hoop during an NCAA men’s basketball game against Utah, Dec. 4.

Gueye shouted out NBA Africa after he was drafted. “We’re gonna keep working. Shoutout to NBA Africa too. Peace!” Gueye said on social media.

Gueye is in the NBA and owns an NBA jersey with his name on it. Coug fans cannot wait to watch Mo and Justin throughout Summer League as they begin their NBA careers.

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About the Contributors
SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor
Sam is a senior multimedia journalism major from Lacey, Washington and the sports editor for spring 2024. He was the sports editor for the 2022-23 school year and managing editor for the summer and fall 2023. He plays the trumpet in the Cougar Marching Band, loves sports and has worked at the Evergreen since fall 2021.
COLE QUINN, Evergreen Sports Photographer
Cole Quinn is a photographer and columnist for the Daily Evergreen. Cole primarily shoots sports for the Daily Evergreen and writes album reviews in his spare time. Cole is a junior broadcast production major and sports communication minor from Snoqualmie, Washington. Cole started working for the Evergreen in the fall of 2020 as a photographer. Cole was the Photo Editor during his sophomore year and Deputy Photo Editor for the fall 2022 semester.