AUSTIN, TX (April 15) – The Austin Toros announced today the addition of rookie forward Sammy Monroe. Monroe, 6-6, 205 pounds played one season at Newberry College (2005-06) where he averaged 14 points and six rebounds in 27 games. He earned Second Team Region X honors as a freshman at Clinton Junior College and averaged eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes as a sophomore at Tallahassee Community College.
This season, Monroe played 20 games with the Rochester Razor Sharks of the Premier Basketball League averaging 15 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes.
Monroe joins the team and will wear jersey number 22 this Saturday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. when the Toros make their first playoff appearance in the second round of the 2008 D-League Playoffs presented by Delta.
The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League’s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 16 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 17 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats.
The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives like NBA Futurecast, which is the live web-streaming of all games available free to fans at d-league.com. The League also provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.
For Toros season and group ticket information, call the Toros office at (512) 236-8333 or visit austintoros.com.