Toros Select Pittsnoggle with 1st Pick in 2007 Draft

The Austin Toros selected forward Kevin Pittsnogle with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA D-League draft. Pittsnogle, a 6-11, 250 pound forward out of West Virginia, averaged 19.3 points and 5.5 rebounds and earned first team all-Big East honors as a senior.

“We are very excited to have Kevin, he worked out for the Spurs when he came out of college,” Austin Toros general manager Dell Demps said. “We were impressed with his ability to shoot the ball and his basketball IQ.”

In the second round, the Toros selected guard Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson with the 17th overall pick. Johnson, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, was named the 2006 all-Conference USA defensive player of the year and first team all-conference.

“Our fans are really going to fall in love with Squeaky,” Demps said. “He brings energy, toughness and charisma that is very exciting to watch.”

The Toros also selected Melvin Council (Robert Morris), Levi Stukes (Georgia), Ashanti Cook (Georgetown), Brad Stricker (Georgia State), Daryl Dorsey (Brevard Community College - Fla.), Joseph Works (Tarleton State), Tim Bush (Baylor) and Ronald Blackshear (Marshall).

“We are very pleased to have filled what we perceived as some needs for our team and to hopefully have a very competitive camp,” said Toros head coach Quin Snyder. “We think we will be able to put a good team on the floor as well.”

Along with the selections from the draft, Toros return and allocated players include the following who will compete for a spot on the opening day roster: Justin Bowen (Illinois-Chicago), Anthony Fuqua (Texas-San Antonio), Eric Dawson (Midwestern State), Keith Langford (Kansas), Kenton Paulino (Texas), Marcus Williams (Arizona) and Patrick Fields (Baylor).