Hometown hoopster signs with Brooklyn Nets



NBA Summer League is eight days away and the Nets are putting the final touches to their roster. Brandon Rachal, a native of Natchitoches and NCHS graduate, signed as an undrafted free agent and will play in the Summer League as a member of the Brooklyn Nets in Vegas.  Rachal, a 6 foot, 6 inch, 220-pound senior guard from the Tulsa Hurricanes, averaged 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 31.6 minutes per game during his senior season.

This article published in the Aug. 5, 2021, print edition
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Tulsa announced Rachal’s signing as an undrafted free agent Friday morning. The former TU guard started 52 games for the Golden Hurricane, averaging 13 points a game. He played the 2017-18 year at LSU.

The guard led the Hurricanes in blocks (18), steals (360, and in rebounds (166) and was third in assists. His play earned him second-team All-Conference and NABC second-team all-district. Rachal’s biggest performance during the 2020-21 season came against a win over Cincinnati, scoring a season-high 25 points and snagging 13 rebounds (third double-double).

From the Natchitoches Times archives – January 2016

“I’m extremely blessed for the opportunity to sign with the Nets. I’ve worked really hard to put myself in this position and looking forward to learning from Coach Nash and my new teammates,” Rachal told NetsDaily.

Brooklyn tips off their 2021 Summer League against Memphis Monday, Aug. 9. The game is scheduled to tip at 5 p.m. ET at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus and will be televised on ESPN2. Rachal’s college NCAA awards and honors include NABC All-District (24) Second Team – 2021; All-AAC Second Team – 2021; All-AAC Third Team – 2020; and AAC Player of the Week – 1/20/2020, 11/18/2019, 1/4/2021

The Brooklyn Nets are based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and plays its home games at Barclays Center.

From the Natchitoches Times archives – January 2016