Maine Drafts Seven, Acquires Center Chris Ayers from Reno

PORTLAND, ME (November 2, 2012)- The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, selected Shelvin Mack (G, 6-3, 207 lbs., Butler) in the first round of the 2012 NBA Development League Draft tonight. Mack was the first of seven players selected by Maine in the draft.

“We’re really excited about Shelvin,” said Boston Celtics Director of Player Personnel Austin Ainge. “We think he’s an NBA-caliber point guard, good person and leader.”

The Red Claws earlier in the day traded their 3rd round selection to the Reno Bighorns for center Chris Ayer (6-10, 250 lbs., Loyola Marymount). Maine had acquired the 3rd round pick from Bakersfield in a trade yesterday. Ayers, 29, is an NBADL veteran who is entering his 7th professional season. In 46 games with the Bighorns last season, he averaged 6.9 ppg and 4.0 rpg.

The seven players selected by the Red Claws in tonight’s draft were:

Round Name Pos. Hgt Wgt College
1 Shelvin Mack G 6-3 207 Butler
4 Omar Reed F 6-6 210 Bluefield
4 Cervante Burrell (R) G 5-10 170 Seattle
5 Jeremiah Rivers G 6-5 210 Indiana
6 Ron Allen F 6-9 225 Cincinnati
7 Scott VanderMeer C 7-0 260 Illinois-Chicago
8 Corey Allmond G 6-2 180 Sam Houston State

The Red Claws will invite 16 players to their 2012 training camp which opens Monday, November 12. The seven players selected tonight are expected to join:

Name Pos. Hgt Wgt College How Acquired
Chris Ayers C 6-10 250 Loyola Marymount Trade (2012 3rd rd pick to Reno)
DaQuan Brooks (R) G 5-10 150 WestConn 2012 Tryouts
Brian Cusworth C 7-0 255 Harvard Affiliate Player
Farnold Degand (R) G 6-4 170 NC State 2012 Tryouts
Micah Downs F 6-8 200 Gonzaga Affiliate Player
Champ Oguchi G 6-6 200 Illinois State Returning Player
Xavier Silas G 6-5 200 N. Illinois Returning Player
Raheem Singleton (R) G 6-0 180 Maine 2012 Tryouts
Chris Wright F 6-8 220 Dayton Returning Player