Gabe York reaches NBA after “seven years of just blood, sweat, and tears”

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Giannis Askounis

09/Apr/22 15:18

Former Basketball Champions League sniper Gabe York inks a two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers

By Johnny Askounis/

With a couple of games left in the 2021-22 NBA Regular Season schedule, the Indiana Pacers added Gabe York on a two-way contract.

York, 28, is set to debut in the NBA after going undrafted after coming out of Arizona in 2016. As a pro, he displayed his three-point accuracy and remaining talents in Israel, France, Greece, Germany, and Italy, including 32 appearances in the Basketball Champions League between medi Bayreuth in 2017-18 and SIG Strasbourg in 2019-20. He last played in the G League as a member recording 21.4 points per contest for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

“It’s been seven years, a long time since I’ve been trying for this dream to kind of happen,” he told James Boyd of The Indianapolis Star, “Five years overseas, played one stint in the G League with the Lakeland Magic. Seven years of just blood, sweat and tears finally getting this opportunity, so I’m definitely excited and ready for this moment for sure.”

On an eight-game losing streak, the Pacers will be on the road to wrap up the season. They will face the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets during the weekend.

“It’s definitely gonna be a surreal moment. For me, it’s seven, eight years of just all that hard work, probably might come to the front of my brain,” he added, “Got the NBA contract for a little bit. Now next season is to try to stay in the NBA for a full season and get my mom to stop working.”

Besides York, the Pacers signed Terry Taylor, Duane Washington Jr., and Nate Hinton. In a related move, the record-holder of the most points scored in a single BCL game, Keifer Sykes, was waived.

Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League