Franks signs contract with Charlotte Hornets

Undrafted forward signs NBA contract after playing in two games



Then-senior forward Robert Franks dons a bandage across his left eyebrow in an intense second half of a February 2 basketball game against USC. Franks scored the most points of the Cougar lineup, earning 25 points throughout the game.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

Men’s basketball forward Robert Franks Jr. signed a two-way contract with the Charlotte Hornets, announced Mitch Kupchak, manager and president of basketball operations for the team.

Franks was an undrafted free agent and playing with the Hornets in the NBA Summer League. He has played a total of nine minutes in two games and has scored four points.

During the 2018-19 season, Franks led WSU and the Pac-12, and ranked 22 in the country with an average 21.6 points per game. He finished his career eighth on WSU’s single-season scoring list with 583 points, and 14th in career points with 1,347. He ranks ninth for 3-pointers at 166, fourth in free throw percentage at .829, 15th in field goals at 463, and seventh in blocked shots at 70.

In his junior year, Franks was named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year and All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. In his senior year, He was the first Cougar named to the Pac-12 All-Conference First Team since 2015 and he earned USBWA District IX and NABC District 20 honors.