D-League Ambassadors Set Roster For Rocky Mountain Revue

Josh Gross and the D-League Ambassadors will play three games at the Rocky Mountain Revue.
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NEW YORK, July 14, 2008 – The NBA Development League today announced the ten players and three coaches who will comprise the 2008 NBA D-League Ambassadors roster that will play a three-game schedule at the Rocky Mountain Revue presented by StoresOnline, at Lifetime Activities Center on the Redwood Campus of Salt Lake Community College.

“While players from the NBA D-League have always been well represented in the NBA summer leagues, we are excited to formally field a team constituted of D-League players to compete in this great event,” said Dan Reed president of the NBA Development League. “This is yet another opportunity that we provide for the NBA D-League’s up-and-coming player prospects to showcase their skills to NBA executives and scouts.”

The Ambassadors’ roster features former college standouts like Errick Craven (Los Angeles), who led the PAC 10 in steals in each of his first three seasons at USC (2002-04); Glen McGowan (Sioux Falls), who earned All-West Coast Conference honors his junior and senior seasons at Pepperdine (2004-05) and Carl Elliott (Sioux Falls), who concluded his college career at George Washington as the winningest Colonial ever.

Also included are NBA D-League standouts James Lang (Utah), who last season finished in the top 10 in rebounding (7.0) and field goal percentage (.565) and Scooter McFadgon (Bakersfield), whose .878 career free throw percentage ranks eighth all-time. Cecil Brown (Los Angeles), Josh Gross (Austin), Mo Charlo (Anaheim), Doug Thomas (Iowa) and Nick Lewis (Bakersfield) round out the roster.

The team will be coached by the NBA D-League’s all-time leader in wins, Joey Meyer (Tulsa). Meyer began his head coaching career in 1984 at DePaul, following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Ray Meyer. He led the Blue Demons to 231 wins in 13 seasons, including six 20-wins seasons, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, and he was named the 1987 CBS Chrevrolet Coach of the Year. Meyer also coached in the ABA before joining the D-League’s Asheville Altitude during the league’s inaugural season of 2001-02. Three years later Meyer led his team to the first of two straight league titles.

The Rocky Mountain Revue presented by StoresOnline will mark the fourth competition in the Ambassadors’ history. In the summer of 2000 the Ambassadors played in the Asian Basketball Association League, finishing with an 18-2 record and winning the league championship. In 2001, the D-League squad participated in the South American Club Championship in Brazil and Argentina and advanced to the quarterfinals. Last summer, the team captured the bronze medal at the Stankovic Cup in China.

The Ambassadors will begin play on July 19 against the San Antonio Spurs’ summer league team which includes first-round selection George Hill. NBA TV will broadcast the game on tape delay July 23 at 3 pm ET.

The Atlanta Hawks, led by Al Horford and Acie Law IV, will provide the Ambassadors their next challenge on July 21 (shown on NBA TV on delay July 24th, 1 pm ET), and the schedule concludes on July 24 against Marco Belinelli, Brandan Wright and the Golden State Warriors.

The Rocky Mountain Revue is comprised of eight teams - six NBA teams featuring rookies, second-year players and select free agents – I.R. Iran, the 2007 FIBA Asian Champion, and the NBA D-League Ambassadors.

2008 NBA Development League Ambassadors

Number
Player (2007-08 D-League Team)
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Birthdate
College
2
Forward
6-6
205
11/25/83
UNC-Greensboro
10
Guard
6-1
195
7/4/83
Southern Cal
11
Guard
6-4
190
7/27/83
Cal-Santa Barbara
18
Forward
6-7
210
7/22/83
Nevada
21
Forward
6-9
235
9/20/83
Iowa
22
Guard
6-5
205
5/6/82
Tennessee
23
Guard
6-4
220
4/9/83
George Washington
41
Forward
6-10
235
4/20/83
San Diego
42
Forward/Center
6-9
225
3/23/81
Pepperdine
99
Center
6-11
240
12/29/82
Tennessee State

Head Coach: Joey Meyer (Tulsa 66ers)
Assistant Coach: Dale Osbourne (Utah Flash), Aaron Swinson (Tulsa 66ers)
Athletics Trainer: Kevin Taylor (Idaho Stampede)