AUSTIN, TX (October 31, 2010) – The Austin Toros today announced the names of nine returning, allocated, and local player tryout invitees headed to training camp prior to the start of the 2010-11 NBA D-League season. The Toros will select eight additional prospects on Monday during the 2010 NBA D-League draft.
Toros returning players include: Lewis Clinch (nine points, one rebound, 49 games), Squeaky Johnson (11 points, three rebounds, 50 games), Michael Joiner (nine points, one rebound, 18 games), and Cory Underwood (three points, one rebound, five games).
“I’m excited to return to the Toros for the 2010-11 season,” said Michael Joiner, returning Toros forward. “I’m also excited about our new home.” The Toros will play all their home games in a new arena (Cedar Park Center) starting this season.
Marcus Cousin, Thomas Gardner, and Kevin Palmer head to the Toros as allocated players after spending time in the San Antonio Spurs training camp this fall. Cousin appeared in five preseason games for the Spurs, averaging five points and four rebounds. Gardner has played in 20 career NBA games with the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. He’s also played professionally in Belgium, Russia and Puerto Rico. Entering his rookie season with the Toros, Palmer averaged 20 points and five rebounds in 32 games at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Casaan Breeden and Andres Sandoval earned an invitation to training camp after participating in the Toros’ 2010 local player tryouts. Breeden played his senior year at Charleston averaging 13 points and five rebounds in 32 games, while Sandoval started the season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and also played in the Dominican Republic.
Fans can join Toros Head Coach Brad Jones and staff, along with San Antonio Spurs basketball operations staff for the 2010 NBA D-League Draft on Monday, November 1 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Austin. Selections begin at 6 p.m. The Toros season tips off at home on Saturday, November 27 at noon against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Season and group tickets are available now. For more information please call (512) 236-8333 or visit. austintoros.com.
|2010-11 Returning and Allocated Players|
|Casaan Breeden (Tryout)||F||6'8"||202 lbs.||Charleston|
|Lewis Clinch (Returning)||G||6'3"||195 lbs.||Georgia Tech|
|Marcus Cousin (Affiliate - Spurs)||F||6'11"||245 lbs.||Houston|
|Thomas Gardner (Affiliate - Spurs)||G||6'5"||213 lbs.||Missouri|
|Carldell Johnson (Returning)||G||5'10"||195 lbs.||UAB|
|Michael Joiner (Returning)||F||6'7"||230 lbs.||Florida State|
|Kevin Palmer (Affiliate - Spurs)||G||6'6"||205 lbs.||Texas A&M - Corpus Christi|
|Andres Sandoval (Tryout)||G||6'4"||198 lbs.||Dayton|
|Cory Underwood (Returning)||F||6'10"||235 lbs.||Southern|