Stoudamire To Show Off Sweet Shooting Stroke in Stampede Jersey
Eight Total Players Taken by Stampede in 2010 Draft

By Travis Tate

Sweet-shooting Salim Stoudamire is now a Stampeder.

Stoudamire, a former star at Lake Oswego High School in Oswego, Ore. and then at the University of Arizona, was taken with the 16th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Development League Draft on Monday, November 1.

Even that night, he was excited to get to Boise – for a few reasons.

“I’m excited to get to Boise. Not only will I get a chance to play organized basketball again, but also get to spend time with my family [Stoudamire’s father, Charles, lives in Boise after moving from Washington, D.C.], which is always important to me. It’s a low-key city, everybody is really nice. I’ve felt a good vibe there.”

The 6-1 lefty was a regular with the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons after being selected in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft. After he left Atlanta for the San Antonio Spurs, Stoudamire suffered a groin injury which kept him out of play for the 2008-09 season. The same dreaded injury kept him out last year after he was invited to Bucks training camp. “I’m really excited to get back playing again,” Stoudamire said. “The time off did give me the opportunity to grow as a human being, but still, being away from the game was tough. My injury forced that, though. Now I’m excited to get back on the basketball court.”

For those who don’t know much about Stoudamire, all you have to do is watch him shoot a few baskets. His left-handed, pistol-quick release is deadly from all over the court. He broke the Arizona three-point percentage record, making 50.4 percent of his attempts as a senior in 2005. In his four seasons, Stoudamire made 342 three-pointers out of 747 attempts, good for a 45.8 percentage for a career of 129 games.

From the free throw line, Stoudamire missed just 58 free throws in four years, attempting 446 (a 86.9 mark from the charity stripe).

He can shoot. Period.

Below are the rest of the Stampede's selections.

The next seven selections made by the Stampede were: Walter Sharpe (6-9, 245, UAB), Dominique Johnson (6-3, 196, Azusa Pacific), Chris Roberts (6-4, 205, Bradley), Kentrell Gransberry (6-9, 265, S. Florida), Alan Daniels (6-6, 220, Lamar), Willie Jenkins (6-6, 220, Tennessee Tech) and J.T. Tiller (6-3, 206, Missouri).

Sharpe played eight games for the Detroit Pistons in 2008-09, averaging 1.0 points in 2.5 minutes per game.

“We’re real happy with our picks,” Head Coach Randy Livingston said. “We’ve got some real talent coming in and we can’t wait to see how they all mesh on the floor together. We really like all of these guys.”

Johnson, Roberts and Tiller are each coming to the Stampede straight from having played college basketball last year. Gransberry played for the Springfield Armor last season.

Click here for the entire 2010 NBA Development League Draft results.