FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        November 1, 2010           

 

RED CLAWS DRAFT NINE IN

2010 NBA D-LEAGUE DRAFT

 

Magnum Rolle Taken in 1st Round with Third Overall Pick

PORTLAND, ME - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, drafted nine players in the 2010 NBA D-League Draft.

The Red Claws selected:                                                                         

Name                            Pos.         Hgt           Wgt         College                           How Acquired           

Magnum Rolle               C             6-11         225         Louisiana Tech               1st Round, 3rd Overall

Kenny Hayes                G            6-02         183         Miami (Ohio)                  2nd Round, 23rd Overall

Champ Oguchi              G            6-06         195         Illinois State                    2nd Round, 30th Overall

Lawrence Westbrook    G            6-00         185         Minnesota                       3rd Round, 35th Overall

Tajuan Porter                 G            5-06         150         Oregon                            4th Round, 62nd Overall

James Lewis                  G            6-4           200         Fresno Pacific                 5th Round, 67th Overall

JaJuan Smith                 G            6-3           195         Tennessee                       6th Round, 94th Overall

Eugene Spates               F             6-8           220         Northeastern                   7th Round, 99th Overall

Armon Bassett               G            6-2           180         Ohio                               8th Round, 126th Overall

 

RED CLAWS ACQUIRE MAD ANTS 2ND ROUND PICK FOR LAZARE: Prior to tonight’s draft, the Red Claws acquired the 2nd Round selection (23rd overall) of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in exchange for rights to forward Darnell Lazare. The Red Claws selected Kenny Hayes with the pick.

MAINE RED CLAWS: 2009-10 marked the inaugural season for the Maine Red Claws, the minor league affiliate of the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats. The NBA D-League team plays its home games at the Portland Expo Building. The franchise is owned and operated by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is principally owned by Bill Ryan Sr., the retired chairman of TD Bank, and Bill Ryan Jr., owner and operator of Oxford Plains Speedway. Jon Jennings, a partner in Maine Basketball, LLC and former Boston Celtics assistant coach, serves as the team’s president and general manager.

NBA Development League: The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises.  For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends.  A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams.  In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs.  The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA.  Throughout the league’s 10th season, which tips off Thursday, Nov. 18, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.

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