NBA prospects could shine in Treasure Valley

BOISE, IDAHO (June 28, 2006) – The Idaho Stampede were very eager to “Witness the Future” of the NBA tonight, as the annual draft took place in New York City. While everyone was interested in who was going to be picked first by the Toronto Raptors (Andrea Bargnani from Italy), Stampede staff and coaches were more concerned about who their affiliate teams would choose.

The Stampede have two NBA affiliates in the Utah Jazz and Seattle Supersonics. Basketball fans from around the Treasure Valley may have a chance to see some of the prospects picked by the Jazz and Sonics this season, with the Stampede now being a part of the NBA Development League.

With the 10th overall pick, the Sonics chose center Mouhamed Saer Sene from Senegal. The 20-year-old seven-footer played in Belgium last season, and has a huge 7-foot-8 wingspan. According to some experts, he is considered to be somewhat raw offensively but plays aggressively at both ends and will be judged initially on his rebounding and shot blocking skills.

Utah picked shooting guard Ronnie Brewer with the 14th overall pick, he averaged 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists his senior season at Arkansas. The 6-7 guard has a 6-foot-11 wingspan and is very athletic. Some experts question his shooting because of an awkward style however he does possess a good basketball IQ.

In the second round, Seattle picked shooting guard Denham Brown from Connecticut with the 40th overall selection. Utah had back-to-back picks at numbers 46 and 47, selecting Illinois Fighting Illini point guard Dee Brown and power forward Paul Millsap from Louisiana Tech.

“The Stampede are very excited about this being the first year affiliated with the NBA, and the potential that many of the picks made during tonight’s draft could be in a Stampede uniform this season,” said Stampede Head Coach Joe Wolf. “The prospect that first and second year players from both the Sonics and Jazz could be playing here in the Treasure Valley should get basketball fans here really pumped about the upcoming season.”

The Idaho Stampede will begin its ninth season-of-play in November at Qwest Arena as a member of the NBA Development League. Individuals and businesses interested in purchasing season tickets or to learn more about the upcoming season, may contact the Idaho Stampede office at 208-388-HOOP (4667) or visit