“This is expected to turn into a deal with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA G League, where McDowell-White will look to build on last year’s limited season,” Uluc tweeted. The Vipers are Houston’s affiliate organization for developmental purposes.
In 17 games with the Vipers, McDowell-White had a small role, averaging 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 11.8 minutes per game. He also played on Houston’s 2019 NBA Summer League squad.
McDowell-White was first signed by the Rockets after going undrafted in 2019. According to scouting reports, he’s well regarded for his size, passing, and defensive ability. After being ruled academically ineligible at Fresno State University, the Australia native spent the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons with Baunach in Germany’s second division.
A foot injury limited McDowell-White to just seven games in his final season overseas. In those games, he averaged 10.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.1 steals in 23.3 minutes.