AUSTIN, TX November 3, 2011 – The Austin Toros selected 6-4, 205 pound guard Tristan Thompson out of North Texas with the 14th pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA D-League draft Thursday night. Earlier Thursday afternoon, the Toros traded their first round pick to the Texas Legends for point guard Justin Dentmon.
“We thought he would be a late first round pick or an early second round pick,” said Toros Head Coach Brad Jones. “We didn’t think he would be there for us.”
Thompson, 23, averaged 18 points and 3.2 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11 and was named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference. Thompson is the nineteenth player to score 1,000 career points for the Mean Green.
Coach Jones added, “He is a proven scorer and we are really excited to help develop him into an NBA player.”
The Toros also selected guard/forward Omar Reed (6-6, 210 Bluefield), guard Solomon Bozeman (6-1, 175 Arkansas-Little Rock), guard Myles McKay (6-4, 195 Wisconsin-Whitewater), forward Dan Vandervieren (6-10, 265 Concordia), guard James Lewis (6-3, 200 Fresno Pacific) and forward Jerel Hastings (6-5, 215 Albany). All players will report to Austin for training camp beginning November 14.
The home opener for the Toros is Friday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. against the Tulsa 66ers at Cedar Park Center. Tickets are available now. For more information please visit austintoros.com or call (512) 236-8333.