Tari Eason has a new team. Eason is heading to Houston, joining Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. as a rookie member of the Rockets.

Houston used the No. 17 overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft.

Eason transferred to LSU after his freshman season at Cincinnati. With the Tigers, Eason was the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Eason was impressively productive for 24.4 minutes per game, posting averages of 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.1 blocks and 1.9 steals per game. Eason’s impressive showing earned him first-team All-SEC recognition and an honorable mention for the Associated Press All-America team.

Eason reached double figures in 29 games, including 7 double-doubles.

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