First UVM hoopster to play in NBA released by Rockets

UVM Photo of Anthony Lamb by Brian Jenkins

By Peter Fernandez

Former UVM hoop star and two-time America East Player of the Year (2019, 2020) Anthony Lamb was waived by the Houston Rockets on October 18, just two days before the start-up of the 2021-22 NBA season. 

Lamb, a 6’6” small forward, probably the best cager to lace sneakers at UVM, was named the G-League’s Most Improved Player last February 25, after a banner stay with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging 18 ppg, leading the squad in rebounds, assists, and field goal percentage.

On April 24, he was one of only seven healthy Rockets to play the Denver Nuggets. In that loss, Lamb scored 21. He also went on to score 14, 17, and a career-high 22 in a losing effort to the 76ers. The Rochester, New York native is the first Catamount to play in a regular-season NBA game.

On a November 19, 2019 in a nationally televised game, Lamb outplayed Mabite Diakite, star big forward for the defending NCAA Champion, University of Virginia. Diakite would go on to also become an NBA champion with the 2020-21 Milwaukee Bucks. Led by Lamb’s 31 points, UVM nearly upset the Cavaliers, 61-55.

Just three days before that match-up, Lamb led UVM to a stunning 70-68 upset of St. John’s, a Big East power. With 2.4 seconds remaining in that away game in Queens, NY, Lamb lifted the Catamounts to victory. He finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

As of this report, there is no news regarding Lamb’s future plans in professional basketball, but he could sign with a number of NBA teams with another two-way contract, or opt to play overseas.

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