Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed guard Joe Chealey to the team’s training camp roster.
Chealey, an undrafted free agent out of the College of Charleston, participated in the 2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League with the Hornets. In four games, he averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 17.4 minutes per game. The Apopka High School graduate played in 129 collegiate games over four years (2014-18) for the Cougars, finishing his career with averages of 14.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 31.1 minutes per game.
Chealey left Charleston as the school’s all-time leader in free throws (582), ranked fourth in scoring (1,825) and eighth in assists (395). As a senior in 2017-18, he averaged 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 34 games played, earning both All-CAA First Team and All-Tournament Team honors for a second consecutive season.
As a Blue Darter, Chealey earned first team all-conference and second team all-state honors during the 2012-13 season as a senior after averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game and leading the Apopka to a 24-3 record and Class 8A District 5 title.