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28 Players to Watch in the 2011 D-League Draft

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Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-6/215
Personal: Born March 7, 1983 (Santa Ana, Calif.)
High School: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
College: UCLA
Played for the NBA D-League’s Anaheim Arsenal (2008-09) and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (2006-07) … In 62 D-League games, owns averages of 18.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists … Has also played internationally for Belgacom Liθge (Belgium, 2010) … Beijing Ducks (China, 2009–2010), the Belgium-based Telindus Oostende basketball club (2007) and with the Polish Czarni Słupsk club (2007–08) … Averaged 1.1 points for the Atlanta Hawks in 23 games (five starts) during 2006-07 season … In 2003-04, the only UCLA player to start every game (28), led the Pac-10 in assists (5.5 apg) and led the Bruins in minutes (33.7)
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-3/190
Personal: Born March 6, 1989 (Milwaukee)
High School: Bay View (Milwaukee)
College: Marquette
Spent the past two seasons at Marquette, after playing two years at Indian Hills CC … As a senior, averaged 8.8 points and 3.1 rebounds … Finished 3-of-4 beyond the arc and 6-of-9 from the field en route to 19 points vs. Pittsburgh ... Scored a career-high 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting vs. Notre Dame, including a perfect 5-of-5 effort from behind the three-point line ... Played a season-high 36 minutes vs. Louisville and scored 13 points to go along with five rebounds and a team-high five assists … As a junior, averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds … First Team NJCAA All-America selection at Indian Hills Community College in 2008-09 under head coach Jeff Kidder ... Finished with 1,254 points in two years, the third-best mark in school history ... Helped squad to 58-13 record during his tenure, including a league title, conference tournament championship and national tourney appearance ... Two-time first team all-region honoree ... Averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals as a sophomore ... Led the team in scoring, assists and steals.
Position: Center
Height/Weight: 7-0/265
Personal: Born April 19, 1984 (San Antonio, Texas)
High School: Sam Houston (San Antonio, Texas)
College: Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Has played professionally in Puerto Rico and South Korea … averaged 15.2 points and 8.8 rebounds for KCC Egis (South Korea) in 2010-11 … Participated in the Oct. 14-22 USA Pan American Games Team training camp … 2008 All-Southland Third Team member … Earned Southland Player of the Year honors and won Southland Tournament MVP in 2007; named to the All-Southland First Team and Southland All-Tournament Team … Set school records in field goals made (537), field goal attempts (949), blocks (170) and points (1,407) … Holds the single-season record in blocks (53), and led the Islanders to their lone Southland Conference title in 2007.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-3/190
Personal: Born June 18, 1988 (Chicago)
High School: Phillips Academy (Chicago)
College: Illinois State
Playing for Pınar Karşıyaka (Turkish Basketball League) … Averaged 9.4 points in 27 league games, and 12.7 points in 15 EuroChallenge games in 2010-11 … Led Missouri Valley Conference in scoring his senior year, averaging 15.9 points … Earned First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors, and selected to the Valley's All-Defensive Team as a junior … As a sophomore, earned First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors and was the Larry BirdMVC Player of the Year runner-up after averaging 15.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals … Won the MVC Freshman of the Year award after averaging 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7/200
Personal: Born December 15, 1982 (Kent, Wash.)
High School: Kentridge HS (Kent, Wash.)
College: Boise State
Spent the 2007-08 season in the NBA Developmental League with the Idaho Stampede, averaging 5.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 37 games … Played in Switzerland with BC Boncourt, averaging 15.4 points and 11.0 rebounds (31 games) and contributing 15.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the EuroCup Challenge (six games) in 2005-06 … Earned WAC All-Defensive Team honors his junior and senior seasons … Finished collegiate career as Boise State’s all-time leader in rebounds (948) and ranks third in career rebounding average (7.9 rpg) … Also ranks second all-time in games played (120) and started (111), fifth all-time in blocked shots (103), and 17th all-time in scoring with 1,004 points.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-11/240
Personal: July 16, 1988 (Bronx, N.Y.)
High School: Blessed Sacrament (New York, N.Y.)
College: South Florida
Spent the past two seasons at South Florida, after playing two years at Westchester CC … As a senior, started 20 of 31 games played, averaging 20.8 minutes ... Shot .500 (98-196) from the field on the year, good enough for second on the team ... Finished the year third in scoring (8.7 ppg) ... Posted four double-doubles and scored in double-figures 14 times … Ranked third on the team with 10.4 ppg and led the way with 7.5 boards per game, which ranked ninth in the Big East ... Ranked fifth in offensive rebounds per game at 3.1 ... Also had the second-most blocks with 21 ... Led the team in shooting percentage, making 52.7 percent of his floor shots (128-of-243), putting him 11th in the league ... Sank 78-of-123 free throws (63.4 percent) ... Had seven double-doubles on the season.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-4/180
Personal: Born November 2, 1988 (Harvey, Ill.)
High School: Thornton Township (Harvey, Ill.)
College: Virginia
Played four years at Virginia (2007-11) … Named Honorable Mention All-ACC as a senior in 2010-11 … Shot 77.6 percent (170-219) from the free-throw line for his career … Averaged a career-high 13.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 30.8 minutes for the 2010-11 season … Averaged 14.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in ACC regular season games in 2010-11 … Grandfather is Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan … Was on the high honor roll for three years in high school … Graduated from Virginia in May of 2011 with a major in sociology … Averaged 20.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a senior at Thornton Township High School for head coach Troy Jackson.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-3/195
Personal: January 21, 1988 (Boston)
High School: Newton North (Newton, Mass.)
College: UMass
Played his final three seasons at UMass after spending his freshman campaign at Wake Forest … As a senior, ranked third in A-10 in scoring, 45th in NCAA with 18.7 points per game, while averaging 4.4 rebounds … Played in the 2011 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament … Became 42nd player to score 1,000 points at UMass … Led UMass in scoring in 23 of 30 games this year … Scored in double-figures in the first 22 games of the year … As a junior, played all 32 games and ranked 16th in A-10 in scoring (13.6 ppg) and 11th in free throw percentage (.757).
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-5/180
Personal: Born June 14, 1989 (Danville, Calif.)
High School: Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)
College: Colorado
Three-time All-Big 12 third team selection (2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09) … Voted University of Colorado Best Defender (voted by the players) as a senior … 2011 USBWA 2010-11 Men's All-District VIII First Team … 2,001 career points ranks sixth all-time in Big 12 Conference scoring … Big 12 leader in steals as a junior and sophomore … Earned 13 CU Athlete of the Week awards … Colorado and Big 12 record holder with 45 consecutive free throws made: Dec. 10, 2008 - Jan. 14, 2009 (eight games) … Ranks third all time at CU in steals (192), fifth in career free throw percentage (.825) and 10th in assists (320).
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8/235
Personal: Born August 16, 1987 (Glendale, Ariz.)
High School: Deer Valley (Glendale, Ariz.)
College: Stanford
Has played in NBA Summer League with Phoenix Suns (2010) and Golden State Warriors (2009) … Earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors as a senior, averaging 13.6 points and 5.9 rebounds … All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore, leading Cardinal in points (15.7 ppg) and tying for team lead in rebounds (6.0 rpg) … 2005 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-6/238
Personal: Born October 24, 1988 (Houston)
High School: Aldine (Houston)
College: Texas
Big 12 All-Reserve Team (by league media) and Academic All-Big 12 First Team member as junior and sophomore … Started in all 36 games as a senior ... Led Texas in rebounding in 11 games and in scoring in one game … Grabbed at least 10 boards in six games … As a junior, ranked third on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg), second in field goal percentage (.547) and sixth in scoring (9.4 ppg) … As a sophomore, ranked second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and fourth in scoring (10.0 ppg).
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7/225
Personal: July 24, 1988 (New Orleans)
High School: West St. John HS (Edgard, La.)
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
Named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2009-10 … Named an Honorable Mention All-American as a senior … Led team in scoring (17.9 ppg), rebounds (8.0 rpg), assists (3.3 apg) and blocks (1.5 bpg) … Started 29 of the team’s 30 games, scoring in double figures 26 times … Scored a career-high 31 points on 13-for-17 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds against Sam Houston State. Averaged 7.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks in 23.9 minutes as a junior … Played in all 30 of the team’s games, starting 22 times.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-4/185
Personal: Born May 4, 1989 (Los Angeles)
High School: Los Alamitos (Los Angeles)
College: Northern Arizona
Played four years at Northern Arizona (2007-11) … Three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection … Averaged 20.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior, and was a unanimous First Team All-Big Sky selection … Shot 46 percent from the field and 41 percent from three-point range … Broke Northern Arizona’s single season and career scoring marks … Averaged 19.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a junior … Originally an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7/227
Personal: Born August 25, 1986 (Atlanta)
High School: Carver H.S. (Memphis, Tenn.)
College: Winthrop
Played for the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA Summer League … Appeared in two preseason games for Washington in 2008, averaging 3.0 points in 9.5 minutes … Appeared in 44 games for the NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants during the 2008-09 season, averaging 15.6 points and 4.3 rebounds … Selected by the Erie BayHawks in the second round of the 2008 NBA D-League Draft … Has played professionally in Latvia (VEF Riga) and Israel (Ramat Gan) … Averaged 11.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals as a senior.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-4/220
Personal: January 16, 1988 (Savannah, Ga.)
High School: Savannah (Savannah, Ga.)
College: West Virginia
Spent the last two seasons at West Virginia, after spending his first two seasons at Chipola College … Averaged 14.1 points as a senior, and was selected to play in the 2011 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which invites the nation’s top seniors to compete in front of NBA scouts … Led the PIT in scoring (23.3 ppg) … At Chipola College, named the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year and First Team All-American … In 2008-09, averaged 20 points per game and was named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year … Chipola posted a record of 69-4 over the two years that Mitchell played.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-4/185
Personal: Born January 23, 1986 (Lawrence, Kan.)
High School: Free State (Lawrence, Kan.)
College: Kansas
A 2010 KU graduate who played five seasons in the Crimson and Blue ... Was a part of one NCAA National Championship, three NCAA Elite Eights, four NCAA Sweet 16s, five Big 12 regular-season titles and four Big 12 Tournament championships ... Played in 116 games for KU with 68 starts... Of the 116 games, eight were in the Big 12 Championship and 11 in the NCAA Tournament... A starter in 2010-11, starting 25 of 38 games played ... A top reserve in 2009-10 starting nine of 27 games played ... Started all but one game as a redshirt sophomore in 2008-09 ... Played a reserve role his freshman season in 2006-07 and was a redshirt on KU's 2008 national championship team.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-5/220
Personal: Born May 18, 1988 (Sarasota, Fla.)
High School: Booker (Sarasaota, Fla.)
College: Seton Hall
Transferred to Seton Hall for his senior season (2010-11) … Spent three seasons at Mississippi … Played in all 31 games as a senior and made seven starts... Averaged 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists … As a junior at Mississippi, played in 33 games with 25 starts ... Averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-high 3.9 assists in 24.9 minutes per game ... Ranked sixth among SEC players in assists and 10th in assist-turnover ratio (1.5) ... Scored in double figures 16 times ... Led the team in assists on 18 occasions and in rebounds four times.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-4/185
Personal: Born April 19, 1986 (Los Angeles)
High School: Centennial HS (Compton, Calif.), then Westchester HS (Los Angeles)
College: USC
Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round (37th selection) of the 2007 NBA Draft …. Member of the 2008 NBA champion Celtics … Played for Ironi "Eldan" Ashkelon (Israel) in 2010, averaging 8.5 points in 11 games … Has played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Utah Flash of the NBA Developmental League … Earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors as a junior … Named All-District by the NABC as a sophomore … Left USC ranking 27th all-time leading scorer in USC history with 1,102 points … also ranked sixth in career steals (158) and fourth in three-point field goals made (179).
Position: Forward-Center
Height/Weight: 6-11/235
Personal: Born May 15, 1983 (Inglewood, Calif.)
High School: Mater Dei (Inglewood, Calif.)
College: California
Playing for Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons (Chinese Basketball Association) … Has also played for China’s Liaoning Dinosaurs and Dongguan Leopards … Has played parts of five NBA seasons for Milwaukee, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Sacramento, and Denver, averaging 2.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 72 games … Selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (47th overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft … Played one season at Cal, averaging 6.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in 32 games … Cousin of 1983 NBA Draft's No. 1 overall pick, Ralph Sampson.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-4/205
Personal: Born April 2, 1989 (Detroit)
High School: Redford Covenant Christian (Detroit)
College: Michigan State
Four-year standout at Michigan State … Named Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional as a junior … Helped Michigan State reach the national title game vs. North Carolina as a sophomore in 2009 … As a senior in 2010-11, averaged 11.6 points and 4.2 rebounds … Shot 35.6 percent from three-point range … Scored in double figures 14 of the first 15 games … Started 24-of-37 games and averaged 11.3 points (third on the team) and 4.7 rebounds (fourth on team) as a junior … Led the Spartans in scoring in nine contests and rebounding seven times … Tallied four double-doubles on the season … Averaged 18.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in five NCAA Tournament games, hitting .545 from the field, including .515 from three-point range … Started 13-of-38 games and averaged 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds, ranking fourth on the team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore … Averaged 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds as a freshman.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7/225
Personal: Born January 30, 1984 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
High School: Bishop Loughlin HS (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
College: Villanova
Member of Bronze-medal-winning U.S. Team at Pan American Games in 2011 … Played for Maroussi Athens B.C. (Greek Basketball League) in 2011 … Has also played professionally for Kφln 99ers (2007–2008); JA Vichy (2008); Roanne Basket (2008-2009); BCM Gravelines (2009) Dexia Mons-Hainaut (2009-2010); JA Vichy (2010-2011) … Named First-Team All-Big East and to Philadelphia’s Big Five First Team in 2006-07. Named Second-Team All-Big East and First-Team All-Philadelphia Big Five in 2004-05. Named Third-Team All-Big East and the Philadelphia Big Five’s Most Improved Player in 2003-04. Sat out the 2005-06 season as a medical redshirt after having surgery to repair an ACL tear in his left knee.
Position: Forward/Center
Height/Weight: 6-10/260
Personal: Born March 10, 1985 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
High School: Xaverian Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
College: Pittsburgh
Spent time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2008 … Selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft … Appeared in 17 career NBA games … Tied for sixth in Pittsburgh history in career blocked shots (110) in just two seasons, and one of only eight players in school history to surpass 100 career blocked shots … All-Big East Honorable Mention selection. Led the Big East and ranked 22nd in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage (.580) …Also finished among league leaders in several categories, including 16th in scoring (13.3 ppg), ninth in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and eighth in blocked shots (50) … Named Big East Rookie of the Year and a unanimous selection to the Big East All-Rookie Team. Also named to the All-Big East Third Team.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7,/215
Personal: Born June 1, 1988
High School: Stoneride Prep (Calif.)
College: Pepperdine
Ended his career #14 on Pepperdine's all-time scoring list with 1,413 points ... Became the Waves' 36th 1,000-point scorer during his senior season ... Appeared in a school-record 128 games while making 114 starts (tied for fourth) ... Attempted 1,366 shots, more than anyone in Pepperdine history except for Bird Averitt ... On other school career records lists, he ranks third in minutes played (3,722), fourth in three-pointers made (192) and fourth in steals (145) ... Career averages were 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 29.1 minutes ... A career 76.0% free throw shooter.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-4/205
Personal: Born September 18, 1988 (Angleton, Texas)
High School: Angleton (Angleton, Texas)
College: North Texas
Averaged 18.0 points and 3.2 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11 … Named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference … Third-Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2009-10 … Became the 19th player in NT history to score 1,000 career points when he topped the mark in the Sun Belt Tournament final against Troy … Scored a career-high 28 points against Kansas State in the Opening Round of the 2010 NCAA Tourney … Tied for the team lead with a 14.5 ppg … Ranks seventh in NT history with 38.5 three-point field goal percentage … Ranks eighth in the program’s history with an 80.5 career free throw percentage.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-3/185
Personal: Born February 28, 1978 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
High School: Tilden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
College: Iowa State
A veteran of eight NBA seasons (Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies), owns averages of 9.8 points and 6.6 assists in 436 games … Has appeared in 37 playoff games, averaging 7.5 points and 5.3 assists … A first round selection (27th pick) by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 2001 NBA Draft … In his senior season at Iowa State, received Second Team All-American and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors … led Iowa State to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament's West region.
Position: Center
Height/Weight: 7-1/236
Personal: Born September 15, 1989 (Riverton, Ill.)
High School: Riverton (Riverton, Ill.)
College: Illinois
Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior after ranking third on team in scoring with average of 10.0 points and second in rebounds at 6.4 rpg (8th in Big Ten) ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten selection as a junior … Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten, Second-team NABC All-District 7 and Academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore … Finished second in school history with 176 career blocks and 25th on Illini all-time scoring list with 1,243 points ... Finished career tied with Demetri McCamey for the most games played (139) in Illinois history.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-6/205
Personal: Born February 11, 1984 (Lockport, Ill.)
High School: Township in Lockport (Ill.)
College: Wisconsin
Playing for Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia … Has played for the NBA Development League’s Albuquerque Thunderbirds (2007–08) and Iowa Energy (2008–09), averaging 26.0 points and 5.8 rebounds over 23 games … Appeared in 51 NBA games for Phoenix and Minnesota, averaging 4.1 points … Selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (29th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft … Senior season included Big Ten Player Of The Year, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, and 2007 NCAA All-America First Team honors … Graduated as Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer (2,147 points) … Earned First team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8/226
Personal: Born September 30, 1988 (Trotwood, Ohio)
High School: Trotwood-Madison HS (Trotwood, Ohio)
College: Dayton
Named Third Team All-Atlantic 10 as a senior … Named Second Team All-Atlantic 10 as a sophomore. Named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman … As a senior, led team in scoring (13.2 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg) and blocks (1.4 bpg), while ranking third in assists (1.8 apg) … Scored in double figures in 26 of 36 games, including six games with 20 or more points.