Franks signs with Hornets

Washington State forward Robert Franks (3) drives in for a layup as Utah guard Parker Van Dyke (5) defends during the second half of a Pac-12 Conference game Feb. 23 evening at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.

Washington State’s do-it-all hoopster Robert Franks took his first step towards his NBA dream Friday.

Former Washington State men’s basketball player Robert Franks signed a two-way contract with the Charlotte Hornets, the Athletic’s Shams Charania reported.

A two-way contract means Franks can play for both the Hornets and their NBA G League team, the Greensboro Swarm.

Leading the Pac-12 conference in scoring his senior year, Franks averaged 21.6 points per game for the Cougars this winter.

But even so, Franks didn’t gain much traction on NBA draft projection boards.

Franks tested the draft waters last summer before deciding to return to school for his senior season.

The 6-foot-9 forward shot 39.9 percent from 3 and snagged a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior.

Washington State has not had a player selected in the NBA draft since the Golden State Warriors picked Klay Thompson 11th overall in the 2011 draft.

“I’m BLESSED And truly grateful for this opportunity Thank you @hornets!!” Franks tweeted Friday.

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