The Minnesota Timberwolves warmly embrace Terrence Shannon Jr. following his challenging last year at Illinois

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Terrence Shannon Jr. and Rob Dillingham poses for official portraits

Terrence Shannon Jr.’s path to the NBA took longer than most first-round picks, marked by a challenging final year in college and legal issues that clouded his future in professional basketball.

Shannon was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the 27th overall pick from Illinois in the first round of the draft, following a trade with San Antonio. Earlier, Shannon had been acquitted of a rape charge after a brief jury deliberation in Kansas.

The accusation had led to a suspension by his college, which was later overturned by a federal judge who ruled in Shannon’s favor. Throughout this ordeal, Shannon maintained his innocence, describing the case as a baseless accusation.

Terrence Shannon Jr. speaks at a press conference

Despite the off-court challenges, Shannon’s on-court performance remained strong. He was named to the All-Big Ten first team and received third-team All-American honors from The Associated Press. Shannon played a pivotal role in Illinois’ Big Ten Tournament victory, earning Most Outstanding Player honors.

Reflecting on his journey, Shannon expressed gratitude for the support of his team, coaches, and family, which helped him grow as a leader.

The Timberwolves introduced Shannon and other rookie players at a news conference at Target Center. They also bolstered their roster by signing free agent forward Joe Ingles to a one-year, $3.3 million contract. Ingles, previously with Utah, joins the Timberwolves after stints with Milwaukee and Orlando.


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