WE ARE NBA ALUMNI. WE ARE IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL
A look back at the proud history of Idaho Stampede basketball and the talent that has graced the hardwood in the City of Threes: Boise, ID.
Victor Claver - 2012-2013
Victor Claver was assigned to the Idaho Stampede twice during the 2012-13 regular season. Over 4 total games with the Stampede, he recorded 36 points, 28 rebounds and 5 assists. Idaho went 1-3 in games that Claver appeared in.
Claver (6-9, 224, Spain, b. 8/30/88) was originally selected 22nd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2009 NBA Draft before joining the Blazers for the first time in the 2012-13 season. In his rookie season, Claver logged 49 games played while starting in 16 of them. He put up averages of 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists.
During the offseason, Portland bolstered their bench and added Mo Williams, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Robin Lopez. These moves have left Claver on the bench for most of the 2013-14 season. As Claver continues to develop, look for him to make a splash in the NBA, whether it's in Portland or not.
Patty Mills - 2009-2010
Patty Mills had a very quick stint with Idaho Stampede during the 2009-2010 season. The 55th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers was assigned two different times to their NBA D-League affiliate.
Though Mills only played in 5 games with the Stampede, he certainly made a big impression. He averaged 25.6 points and 5.2 assists while making 21 of 42 3-pointers (.500%).
Patty Mills is one of the first Indigenous Australians to play basketball in the NBA. Playing for Australia, he caught the eye of the NBA with his energy and electric style of play. Mills lead Australia in scoring during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with 14 points per game, all while coming off the bench. He also lead the 2012 Olympic basketball tournament in scoring with 21.2 points per game, barely edging out Kevin Durant who put in 19.5 per game.
Mills is enjoying his 5th season of his young career in the NBA. After playing his first 2 seasons in Portland, he just started his 3rd season with the San Antonio Spurs. Playing behind Tony Parker doesn’t get you much playing time in the league but Mills is still used frequently to bring energy off the bench. You can find him charismatically cheering on his teammates on the sideline.
Antonio Harvey - 2002-2003
Antonio Harvey played for the Idaho Stampede under Head Coach Rory White during the 2002-2003 season. He averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds over the 29 games he played that year while leading the team in blocked shots.
The Mississippi native has been on quite the professional journey starting with his years in college. Harvey attended Southern Illinois University, then Connors State College (JC) in Oklahoma, then played for the University of Georgia before finishing his education and college career at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.
After going undrafted, in the 1993 NBA draft, Harvey earned a spot with the Los Angeles Lakers and started on opening night of the 1993-94 season. He went on to enjoy 8 seasons in the NBA with various teams including the Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Super Sonics, Portland Trail Blazers, and Atlanta Hawks.
Antonio also competed in the 2005 NBA dunk contest. Catch some of his dunks here:
Harvey remains well known in the Portland area. For the past 8 seasons, he has been the radio color commentator for the Portland Trail Blazers and got the job almost by accident. A friend asked him to help out on some post-game content which led to him doing a few live-game appearances. The following year he was full-time with Portland.
Antonio made a reappearance to his old stomping grounds of Boise when he returned with the Portland Trail Blazers for the NBA preseason game on October 11, 2013.
Luke Jackson - 2006-2011
Luke Jackson played for the Idaho Stampede from 2006 until 2011. In his 96 games with the team, Jackson averaged 15 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. The versatile forward also made 137 3-pointers over four seasons.
The Oregon native was bred to play basketball at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Jackson averaged 24 points at Creswell High School just south of Eugene. He led his school to the 2000 Oregon State Basketball Championship and committed to the University of Oregon.
Jackson continued his athletic success by helping the Ducks reach the Elite Eight of the 2002 NCAA Tournament with the help of future NBA players Luke Ridnour and Fred Jones. Luke ended his career at Oregon by averaging 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during his senior year. He was selected to the All Pac-10 first team and was a Naismith National Player of the Year finalist.
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Jackson 10th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft. He went on to play in 46 games over his first 2 seasons with the team before being traded to the Boston Celtics. Due to injuries, Jackson was waived by Boston before ultimately coming to Boise to play for the Stampede.
Jackson was always an NBA prospects because he could pass, dribble and shoot so well for someone his size at 6’7”. In the spring of 2007, he received 2 different call-ups for 10-day contracts with NBA teams: The Los Angeles Clippers and the Toronto Raptors. After playing with the Stampede at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, Jackson left Boise to pursue the NBA once more and joined the Miami Heat.
After being released in February from Miami, Luke came back to the Stampede to help the team win the 2007-2008 NBA D-League Championship. He averaged 12 points and 5 assists off the bench while shooting a perfect 18 for 18 from the free throw line throughout the playoffs.
On February 20, 2013, Jackson was introduced as the new head coach at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon.
Mike Taylor - 2007-2008
Mike Taylor played for the Idaho Stampede during the 2007-2008 season. He was instrumental in helping the team reach the playoffs and win the ’07-‘08 NBA D-League Championship.
Taylor never let others keep him down concerning his basketball career. Out of high school in Chicago, he attended Chipola College in Florida for 3 seasons before transferring to Iowa St and leading them in scoring for his senior season.
Taylor joined the Stampede in 2007 and averaged 14 points over 39 games. At the ’08 D-League Dream Factory dunk contest, the 6’1” Taylor faced off against Stampede teammate and fellow high-flyer Brent Petway in the finals.
After success in Boise, Taylor was entered into the 2008 NBA Draft and selected in the 2nd round by the Portland Trail Blazers and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He played over 50 games for the Clips averaging 5 points coming off the bench. Taylor was known for his electrifying dunks during warm-ups among the LA fans.
After one season in the league, Taylor took his talents overseas to continue his professional career. However, he made a return to the States to finish the 2012-2013 season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Eric Washington - 2005-2006
The Idaho Stampede signed Eric Washington late during the 2004-05 season. After a few games, Washington stayed with the team through the 2005-06 season under coach Joe Wolf. Washington and Wolf were teammates in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets from 1997-1999.
At the University of Alabama, Washington accumulated over 1,500 points and grabbed over 550 rebounds. He quickly caught the attention of NBA scouts with his prolific scoring abilities and 3-point range.
He was drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1997 then traded to the Denver Nuggets. During the 1997-98 season, he averaged 23 minutes per game and served as a solid contributor off the bench. Washington also had a short stint with the Boston Celtics.
Washington played professionally overseas in China and Finland before coming to Boise to play for Coach Wolf. He averaged 9 points and 3 rebounds while his experience and leadership were crucial to the development of the younger Stampede squad.
Britton Johnsen - 2004-2005
The Idaho Stampede signed Britton Johnsen during the 2004-2005 season. He averaged 18 points 6 rebounds in 40 games while providing experience and leadership.
Britton grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Murray, UT. He was a McDonald’s High School All-American and named Utah’s Mr. Basketball. During his freshman campaign at the University of Utah, Johnsen helped his team reach the 1998 NCAA championship game before losing to the University of Kentucky.
After his freshman year, Johnsen set basketball aside to serve a mission for his church in Houston Texas. He returned to the Utes to play 3 more seasons after two years of religious service. Johnsen went on to play in the NBA with the Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers.
Fun fact: Britton Johnsen dunked on Lebron James in James’ first career professional game during the 2003 NBA summer league.
Ira Newble - 1997-2000
Ira Newble played for the Idaho Stampede for 3 season from 1997-2000. During the 1999-2000 campaign, Newble averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds while leading the team in points, rebounds, blocks and steals.
The Michigan native played his college ball at Miami University in Ohio. He averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds as a senior while earning a degree in sports marketing.
Undrafted, Newble tried out for the Stampede at a local tryout camp. He made the team and continued to demonstrate great hustle and stellar defense. After taking advantage of his time in Boise, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs in 2000. Newble went on to enjoy an 8-year NBA career including stints with the Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Seattle Sonics, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Newble continued his defensiveness prowess in the NBA and was consistently assigned to guard the other team's best player.
Newble has since taken his experience and put himself into the role of the teacher. He is currently an assistant coach for the NBA D-League’s Austin Toros.
Scott Burrell - 2004-2005
Scott Burrell played for the Stampede in the 2004-05 season under coach Joe Wolf. Burrell provided veteran experience to the Stampede after playing in the NBA for 9 seasons.
The 2 sport athlete was a first round draft pick for the Seattle Mariners in 1989 before choosing basketball. He was selected 20th overall in the 1993 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He later played for the Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets.
Scott was also a contributor to the Chicago Bulls 1997-98 Championship team alongside Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. In 2007, Burrell went from the court to the bench and joined the Quinnipiac University men’s basketball coaching staff in his hometown of Hamden, Connecticut.
Fun fact: Scott Burrell and Coach Joe Wolf appeared in the 1996 movie “Eddie”.
Mouhamed Sene - 2006-2008
In 2006, the Idaho Stampede joined the NBA Development League and ushered in the new era of assignments from NBA parent clubs. Mouhamed Sene of the Seattle Supersonics has the unique distinction of being the Idaho Stampede's first NBA assignment.
Mouhamed Sene (Mo) was born in Senegal, West Africa and is known for his 7 foot 8 inch plus wing span. The 6'11" center was a NBA first round pick in the 2006 NBA draft, 10th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics at age 20. He was assigned to the Idaho Stampede in January of 2007 and played 15 games totaling 108 rebounds (7.2 average), 5 assists, 23 blocked shots, 10 steals and 148 points (9.9 average).
During the 2007-08 season he was assigned to the Stampede again and played 28 games where he averaged 12.1 points per game & 9 rebounds per game while totaling 47 blocked shots, 19 steals and 11 assists.
Mo received honorable mention for the All-NBA Development League team for his stellar performance with the Stampede during the 2007-08 season that included game highs of 30 points, 18 rebounds and 7 blocks.
After Seattle moved to Oklahoma City, Mo continued to play for them until he was waived in 2009. He has since bounced around European leagues and most recently has been playing in Madrid, Spain for the Baloncesto Fuenlabrada.
Rafer Alston - 1998-1999
The Idaho Stampede was the first professional team that street ball legend, Rafer Alston a.k.a. "Skip to My Lou" played for during the 1998-99 season. During that season, Alston played in 17 games under Head Coach Russ Bergman. He averaged 6.5 points & 1.7 rebounds per game while totaling 20 steals and 106 assists.
He went on to have a very successful career in the NBA. From 1999 to 2010 he played in a total of 671 regular season games and 56 playoff games with teams including: Milwaukee, Toronto, Houston, Orlando, New Jersey and Miami.
Rafer was known in the street ball world for his extreme playground cross-over and crazy dribbling moves to fake out defenders. In fact his nickname comes from one of those moves.
Many of his non-traditional moves can be seen on Volume1 of the AND1 Mixtape and have been attributed to starting the trend of non-NBA players showcasing their outrageous moves in the AND1 Mix Tour.
Rusty LaRue - 1997-1998
We are NBA Alumni. We are NBA Champions. We are Idaho.
Rusty LaRue played for the Stampede in their first season under Coach Bobby Dye in 1997-98. Although Rusty only logged one game with the Stampede in which he dropped 11 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals he was able to earn the honor of being Idaho's first NBA Call-Up to the Chicago Bulls where he played the remainder of the season and became the first former Stampede player to win a NBA championship with the Bulls under Phil Jackson.
LaRue went on to play for Chicago for another two seasons followed by the Utah Jazz for a season and at the end of his career the Golden State Warriors.
You can now see Rusty sharing the craft he honed with aspiring professional athletes at his alma-mater, Wake Forest, where he was a multi-sport athlete that competed in baseball, football and basketball.
Larry Krystkowiak - 1997-1998, player & 2003-2004, coach
Did you know we had a player who went on to become the Head Coach of an NBA Team?
Larry Krystkowiak played for the Stampede in their inaugural 1997-98 season under Coach Bobby Dye where he averaged 6 points per game and 5.8 rebounds in four (4) games. A Montana Native, Larry was a journeyman of sorts in the NBA playing for: the San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls. He then honed his coaching skills as an assistant at Montana and Old Dominion before taking the reins of the Stampede during their 2003-04 campaign in which he lead them to an amazing 37-16 record on the way to the 2004 CBA National Championship game in which they finished as a runner-up against the Dakota Wizards who were coached by newly announced Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach, Dave Joerger.
Coach K, a.k.a. Krystko went back to coach Montana for two seasons before stepping up to the NBA coaching circuit where as a Milwaukee Bucks assistant in 06-07 he was given the opportunity to finish out the season as their head coach when the previous coach was let go. Larry then coached the Bucks during the 2007-08 season as their head coach. Coach Krystkowiak went on to be an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets and is currently serving as the head coach of University of Utah men's basketball team.
Spud Webb - 1998
Spud Webb is known for a lot of things in the NBA; being one of the shortest players in NBA history at 5 feet 7 inches tall, winning a slam dunk contest as the shortest person to compete while beating Dominique Wilkins in 1986 for the title, serving as current President of Basketball Operations for the NBA Development League's Texas Legends. But, the Treasure Valley knows him as being one of the first big names to wear the Stampede uniform. Spud logged 18 minutes in 1 game and scored 2 points in his short career with the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) during Idaho's 1998 season. Spud's household name garnered a lot of national pub when he came to Idaho. Check out the press release from the Associated Press here!