AUSTIN, TX – The Austin Toros opened training camp for the 2007-08 season last Friday at Southwestern University with a roster of 17 players including Kevin Pittsnogle, the team’s first round selection in this year’s NBA D-League Draft.
Pittsnogle, a 6-11, 250 pound forward out of West Virginia, is one of the players competing in training camp for a spot on the Toros opening day roster.
The 2007-08 training camp roster includes:
Name Pos Ht. Wt. College Ronald Blackshear G 6-5 215 Marshall Justin Bowen F 6-7 210 Illinois-Chicago Tim Bush F 6-6 245 Baylor Ashanti Cook G 6-2 190 Georgetown Melvin Council G 6-3 190 Robert Morris Eric Dawson F 6-9 235 Midwestern State Daryl Dorsey G 6-0 170 Southern Indiana Patrick Fields F 6-6 210 Baylor Anthony Fuqua C 6-11 225 Texas-San Antonio Carldell Johnson G 5-10 180 Alabama - Birmingham Keith Langford G 6-4 215 Kansas Kenton Paulino G 6-1 185 Texas Kevin Pittsnogle C 6-11 240 West Virginia Brad Stricker C 6-11 280 Georgia State Levi Stukes G 6-2 205 Georgia Marcus Williams F 6-7 205 Arizona Joseph Works F 6-7 215 Tarleton State
The Toros play their only preseason game on Thursday, Nov. 15 against the Colorado 14ers in Broomfield, Colorado at 7 p.m.. Final roster cuts will be made on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
The Toros tip-off their third season in Austin on November 24 at 7 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center. For Toros ticket information, call the Toros office at (512) 236-8333 or visit austintoros.com.
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 14 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 16 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 of the NBA and its teams, 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.
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