With the start of his pro basketball career potentially up in the air, Vic Law didn’t want to set up camp in front of the TV for June’s NBA Draft.
If a team wanted to draft or sign him as an undrafted free agent, he’d find out one way or another.
Instead, Law took his mind off things.
“I went to the gym with my friends and played,” Law said. “All I needed was for one team to believe in me. I’d get that call, and then I could go to work. I just needed a team to give me a chance.”
A 2014 St. Rita High School graduate and recent Northwestern University grad, Law went undrafted over the two-round draft, but he didn’t have to wait long to hear from interested teams.
After playing in the NBA’s Summer League with Orlando, Law signed with the Magic on July 30 and will head to training camp in October with a chance to make the roster for the regular season.
“It was great to sign with Orlando. It felt great to have a job,” Law said with a laugh. “It’s anxious seeing where you’re going to play, but I’m happy the Magic believe in me. It was something special.”
Law played three summer league games, averaging 5.7 points and 4 rebounds.
“It was important to realize that this is a lot of players’ first taste of NBA action,” Law said. “Not a lot of people get that opportunity, so you get your feet wet and experience what pro ball is like and adjust to the speed.”
A 6’7”, 200-pound forward, Law was a standout collegiate player in Evanston. He averaged 15 points and 6.4 rebounds as a senior in the 2018-19 season.
Law finished his Northwestern career with 1,442 points and 710 rebounds, averaging 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2 assists. He also connected on 193 for 524 3-pointers (36.8 percent).
During his St. Rita playing days, Law wasn’t asked to carry the team offensively. Instead, he did all the dirty work, playing defense, spreading the floor with his range and pounding the boards.
Playing Division 1 basketball, Law embraced the same role while also upping his offensive output.
“I wasn’t a 1,000-point scorer at St. Rita. I was a glue guy where I tried to do a lot of different things,” Law said. “Senior year at Northwestern, I was our leading scorer. It was working hard and developing as a player. [Coach Chris Collins] did a great job. I tried to be a leader and help the team win however I could.”
Law also made history with the Wildcats when the 2016-17 squad qualified for the NCAA Tournament, a first for the program. Northwestern fell short of an upset of No.-1 seed Gonzaga in the second round, losing 79-73.
Despite the disappointing end to a historic season, Law said, the Wildcats knew this team was capable of huge things. He redshirted his sophomore year after undergoing shoulder surgery.
“With the players we had, we knew that whole year was going to be special,” Law said. “That season, that’s what you put all the hard work in during the offseason for. You don’t want it to go to waste. I had five good years at Northwestern. It’s all good memories.”
Next up, Law is working to earn a spot on the Magic’s roster.
Orlando made it to the playoffs in 2019, the team’s first playoff appearance since 2012.
“They’re getting a competitive, fiery guy who can play multiple positions,” Law said. “I’m going to do my job, be consistent, play lockdown defense and be an efficient playmaker all over the court. August and September, I’ll be grinding away to put myself in the best position I can.”