Former Syracuse University Standout Becomes NBDL's Second Player “Called Up” to the NBA
NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2001
– Jason Hart, a 6-foot-3 point guard for the Asheville (N.C.) Altitude, has signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs, making him the second player “called up” to the NBA from the National Basketball Development League since the league launched on November 16.
Hart, who was signed by the Altitude on November 24, played in 11 regular season games (nine starts) averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game on .452 (56-124 FGA) shooting with 4.3 assists per game (second in the NBDL), 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.27 steals per game over 26.0 minutes per game.
“We are extremely pleased that Jason’s talent and hard work has been recognized by the San Antonio Spurs,” said Karl Hicks, Executive Director, NBDL. “Call-ups are a testament to the on-going development of NBDL players.
Hart led the Altitude on a five-game winning streak as the club improved to 8-6 (third place in the NBDL) posting a team-high 16.4 ppg on .492 shooting with 4.6 apg and 5.0 rpg in that span.
Hart, a First Team All Big East selection as a senior, averaged 11.4 ppg, 5.4 apg and 3.3 rpg over his four-year collegiate career at Syracuse University and finished as the school’s all-time leader in steals (329) and second all-time in assists (709). Hart, 23, was then selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (49th overall) in the 2000 NBA Draft.
Chris Andersen, a 6-foot-10, power forward for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Patriots and the NBDL’s number one overall draft selection, was the league’s first player “called-up” to the NBA when he signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets on November 21.
The National Basketball Development League tipped off its inaugural season on November 16, 2001. The Fayetteville Patriots (N.C.), North Charleston Lowgators (S.C.), Huntsville Flight (Ala.), Mobile Revelers (Ala.), Roanoke Dazzle (Va.), Columbus Riverdragons (Ga.), Greenville Groove (S.C.), and Asheville Altitude (N.C.) will compete in a 56-game regular season schedule that runs from mid-November through March, followed by playoffs. A total of 24 games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN, and 19 games will be broadcast regionally on FOX Sports Net South.
Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the NBDL offers players the opportunity to develop their talent in a highly competitive atmosphere under the NBA’s umbrella. In addition to being a source of on-court talent for the NBA’s 29 teams, the NBDL will also serve as a diverse human resources pool for the NBA and its teams by training employees in management, operations, public relations, sales and marketing positions in each NBDL city.
NBDL players must be 20 years of age or older to play in the league. NBDL teams do not have a direct affiliation with specific NBA teams. Development league players are eligible to play for any NBA team.