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.