Top NBA D-League Prospects to Showcase Talent in Innovative Skills Competition

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2010 – The NBA Development League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier, an innovative skills competition modeled after the popular NBA All-Star Saturday Night, returns for the third consecutive year to Center Court at NBA Jam Session presented by adidas on Friday, Feb. 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET, and will stream live on from 10-11p.m. ET.

Twenty NBA D-League players, including eight with NBA experience, three who were drafted by NBA teams and one returning champion from the 2009 NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night, will showcase their skills during the evening’s competitions. This year’s event includes a Slam Dunk Competition, a Three-Point Competition featuring an all “money-ball” rack and the inaugural NBA D-League’s Haier Shooting Stars. Players must be on an active NBA D-League roster to compete in any event.

NBA D-League Haier Shooting Stars makes its first appearance at NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday night presented by Haier, and features 12 NBA D-League stars competing in four teams of three in a two-round timed shooting event. First-time NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier participants Romel Beck (Dakota), Brian Butch (Bakersfield), Pat Carroll (Iowa), Desmon Farmer (Reno), Curtis Jerrells (Austin) and Diamon Simpson (Los Angeles) will join NBA D-League All-Stars Reggie Williams (Sioux Falls), Trey Gilder (Maine), Carlos Powell (Albuquerque), Mustafa Shakur (Tulsa), Mike Harris (Rio Grande Valley) and Dontell Jefferson (Utah) in the competition. The Haier Shooting Stars contest features six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course and the team that completes all six shots in the least amount of time is declared the winner. In the case of a tie, a shoot-off will be used to determine the winner.

Four first-time Slam Dunk competitors, Tony Danridge (Albuquerque), Dar Tucker (Los Angeles), Bill Walker (Maine) and Deron Washington (Tulsa) will take to the floor to showcase their best high-flying skills in a battle for slam dunk supremacy. The competition consists of two rounds of two dunks each with the top scores from the first round advancing to the championship round.

2009 NBA D-League All-Star Co-MVP and 2008 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Blake Ahearn (Bakersfield) will return to NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier to defend his Three-Point Competition title. He’ll square off against sharpshooters Morris Almond (Springfield), Andre Ingram (Utah) and Rob Kurz (Fort Wayne), who will each make their first appearance in the contest. Kurz ranks seventh in the NBA D-League shooting 49 percent from behind the arc, while Ingram, a 42 percent shooter from long range, has sunk 63 three-pointers this season. Almond, the NBA D-League’s leading scorer (27.0 ppg) has connected on 28 three-pointers.

Each competitor will have 60 seconds to sink up to 25 three-pointers from five shooting stations assembled around the three-point line. The initial four stations will have four orange balls (worth one point each) and one multi-colored “money ball” worth two points, while the competition kicks into high gear as the final station will for the first time consist of five two-point “money balls.” The shooters will compete in two rounds of action with the top two scorers from the first round advancing to the final round.

NBA D-League action in Dallas continues on Saturday, Feb. 13, when the fourth-annual NBA D-League All-Star Game tips off on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas at 2 pm CT. The game features 20 of the NBA D-League’s top prospects as selected by fans and the NBA D-League’s 16 head coaches and will be broadcast live on NBA TV at 2 p.m. CT.

About Haier America

Haier America is the Sales and Marketing arm of the Americas for the multinational Haier Group, one of the world’s leading appliance makers. Headquartered in the Haier Building at 1356 Broadway in New York City, Haier America is a leader for room air conditioner, compact refrigerator, and wine cellar sales, as well as a leading force in major appliances, compact appliances, portable electronics and HDTV sales.

About NBA All-Star Jam Session

NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas features over 11 acres of NBA All-Star excitement, where the chance to meet and collect free autographs from NBA Players and Legends is just the beginning. Jam Session is non-stop basketball action! Fans can shoot, slam, dribble and drive all day, compete against their friends in skills challenges, and score game changing tips from NBA Players and Legends. Young fans can hang out at Kids Zone - with hoops and interactive activities that are the perfect size for kids' slam dunks, three-pointers and jump shots. Fans can visit the 10,000 square-foot NBA Store that has more NBA All-Star 2010 merchandise then anywhere else. For fans who want NBA Entertainment, Jam Session features the NBA's favorite players, celebrities, mascots and dance teams as they hit Center Court in a variety of basketball competitions, including the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by FINAL FANTASY XIII and the NBA All-Star Practice. NBA All-Star Jam Session when it's even big for gotta BE THERE!

About NBA Development League

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at

The complete field for the 2010 NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night is below.


Pos. Player (Team) Ht. Wt. Birthdate College
G/F Tony Danridge (Albuquerque) 6-5 215 2/26/1986 New Mexico
G Dar Tucker (Los Angeles) 6-4 204 4/11/1988 DePaul
F Bill Walker (Maine) # 6-6 220 10/9/1987 Kansas State
F Deron Washington (Tulsa) 6-7 215 12/12/1985 Virginia Tech


Pos. Player (Team) Ht. Wt. Birthdate College
G Blake Ahearn (Bakersfield) 6-2 190 5/27/1984 Missouri State
F Morris Almond (Springfield) 6-5 210 2/2/1985 Rice
G Andre Ingram (Utah) 6-3 190 11/19/1985 American
F Rob Kurz (Fort Wayne) 6-9 230 3/5/1985 Notre Dame


Pos. Player (Team) Ht. Wt. Birthdate College
F Romel Beck (Dakota) 6-9 185 5/29/1982 UNLV
C Brian Butch (Bakersfield) 6-11 240 12/22/1984 Wisconsin
G Pat Carroll (Iowa) 6-5 200 10/10/1982 Saint Joseph’s
G Desmon Farmer (Reno) 6-5 210 10/7/1981 USC
F Trey Gilder (Maine) 6-9 185 1/24/1985 Northwestern State
F Mike Harris (Rio Grande Valley) 6-6 235 6/15/1983 Rice
G Dontell Jefferson (Utah) 6-5 190 12/15/1983 Arkansas
G Curtis Jerrells (Austin) 6-1 195 2/5/1987 Baylor
F Carlos Powell (Albuquerque) 6-7 225 8/29/1983 South Carolina
G Mustafa Shakur (Tulsa) 6-3 190 8/8/1984 Arizona
F Diamon Simpson (Los Angeles) 6-7 230 10/8/1987 St. Mary’s (CA)
F Reggie Williams (Sioux Falls) 6-6 210 9/14/1986 VMI

# - Indicates a player currently in the NBA