Michael Qualls (born January 20, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Pallacanestro Cantù of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). He played college basketball for the Arkansas Razorbacks and is most notably remembered for his slam dunk with 0.2 seconds left in overtime against Kentucky in 2014.

High school career

Qualls attended Huntington High School where he led them to four district championships, including a senior season in which he averaged 17.8 points per game, guiding Huntington to 33 wins, making him the third-ranked player in the state of Louisiana in the class of 2012, with an ESPN.com scout grade of 89. [4]

College career

After graduating high school, Qualls attended Arkansas, where he appeared in 100 games (56 starts) and averaged 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.8 minutes per game. In his junior year, he was named second-team All- SEC after averaging 15.9 points per game. He decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility and declared for the 2015 NBA draft. [4] [5]

Professional career

During a workout with the Phoenix Suns prior to the 2015 draft, Qualls tore his ACL and was ruled out for six to 12 months. [6] Despite the injury, Qualls managed to land an NBA training camp deal, signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder on September 29, 2015. [5] He was later waived by the Thunder on October 22 prior to the start of the regular season. [7] On November 3, he was acquired by the Oklahoma City Blue as an affiliate player from the Thunder. [8] On November 11, he was waived by the Blue. [9]

On August 7, 2016, Qualls signed with Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli League. [10] In October 10, 2016, he made his professional debut in a 77–61 loss to Hapoel Holon, recording 15 points, five rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes off the bench. [11]

On September 23, 2017, Qualls signed with the Italian team Pallacanestro Cantù for the 2017–18 season. [12] On October 25, 2017, he parted ways with Cantù after appearing in two games. [13]

Personal life

The son of Anthony and grandson of Vera Thrash, Qualls has a son named Michael Jr. He majored in recreation and sports management. [4] On December 30, 2015, he was arrested in Fayetteville, AR for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. [14]