Local draft party plans in the works

Erie BayHawks Win Seventh Pick In D-League Draft

ERIE — The Erie BayHawks will have the seventh overall selection in the November 7, NBA Development League Draft as determined by a lottery conducted at the league’s annual fall meeting conducted in Dallas. The draft will take place live from the NBA TV studio in Atlanta, Ga. And be carried on the NBA TV channel and streamed live via the internet.

“We will go seventh,” said head coach John Treloar from the meetings. “This will give us a tremendous opportunity to select a really high quality player that we can build upon.”

“With the draft order in place, we’re one step closer to getting the 2008-09 season underway,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. “It’s exciting to welcome top NBA prospects into our draft and our league.”

The NBA D-League Draft utilizes a “serpentine” format, meaning the order will alternate in each of the ten rounds. For example, the team picking last in the first round will select first in the second round, giving them the 16th and 17th overall choices.

The order of the first round will be:

  1. Tulsa 66ers
  2. Colorado 14ers
  3. Idaho Stampede
  4. Sioux Falls Skyforce
  5. Bakersfield Jam
  6. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  7. Erie BayHawks
  8. Anaheim Arsenal
  9. Utah Flash
  10. Reno Bighorns
  11. Dakota Wizards
  12. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  13. Los Angeles D-Fenders
  14. Albuquerque Thunderbirds
  15. Iowa Energy
  16. Austin Toros

The BayHawks are currently working out details to host a local draft party where fans can get a first glimpse of the team’s potential lineup. More details will be forthcoming.