2008 D-League Expansion Draft Recap
by Matthew Brennan, D-League.com
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The Bighorns and newly hired coach Jay Humphries used the first selection of the draft on the rights to Damone Brown. A veteran forward, the 6-9 Brown has appeared for Sioux Falls in parts of the last two seasons, averaging 18.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in eight games in 2007-08. Brown has received two GATORADE Call-Ups from the D-League during his career, signing with the Wizards in 2004-05 and the Raptors during the 2002-03 season. A star in college at Syracuse, he earned All-BIG EAST honors as a senior.
The Bighorns selected back-to-back in the second and third rounds, choosing guard Tony Gipson and 6-11 center Jesse Smith. Gipson finished last season as a starter with the Dakota Wizards after Blake Ahearn's departure, averaging 12.9 points and 4.2 assists in 21 games. In addition to the D-League, he has played in Holland and Iran during his pro career. Smith appeared in all 50 games for Rio Grande Valley and checked in at 14th in the league with 7.1 rebounds.
Jamaal Thomas - 6-8 forward played in the D-League with Albuquerque and Anaheim over the past two seasons, spent summer playing in Venezuela and Dominican Republic, won Argentinean league's dunk contest in 2004
Andre Patterson - 6-7 forward split last season between D-Fenders, Venezuela and Dakota Wizards, spent 2007 preseason with Los Angeles Lakers, McDonald's All-American in high school
Davin White - 6-1 guard played for Anaheim in 2006-07 and last season before a late trade to Colorado, averaged 31.8 points in Mexico over the summer for Mineros, 2nd team All-Big West at Cal. St. Northridge
Mustafa Al-Sayyad - 6-9 forward/center from the Sudan, grew up in Quatar, has appeared in parts of the last two seasons for Tulsa, 2nd Team All-WAC at Fresno State
Kyle Davis - Center appeared in nine games with Rio Grande Valley last season, has also played in USBL and WBA
Alfred Neale - 6-6 forward played for Dakota for part of 2006-07 season, waived by Iowa last November due to injury, played for both Dakota and Sioux Falls in their final season in the CBA in 2005-06
Larry Turner - 6-11 center drafted in first round by Fort Wayne last season after being waived by Lakers, member of D-League Ambassadors, signed with team in Domincan Republic in August
The BayHawks, affiliates of the Cleveland Cavaliers, selected the rights to Cleveland-area native Mike Gansey with the second overall pick. Gansey, an All-Big East player at West Virginia, appeared in 19 games for Anaheim last season after starting the year in Italy. Gansey is currently signed with German club Bremerhaven.
Erie and coach John Treloar spent their next two picks on two former North Carolina Tar Heelswith plenty of D-League experience in Jackie Manuel and Kris Lang. Manuel, a 6-5 wing, has played in the last three D-League seasons, most recently with Iowa in 2007-08. He is now a member of Libertad in Argentina, where his teammates include Manu Ginobli's brother Sebastian. Manuel helped lead the Tar Heels to a national title in 2005. Lang, a 6-11 center, played for Austin in 2007-08 for 12 games before signed with Telekom in Turkey. Lang has also played in the Ukraine, Italy, South Korea, and Poland during his professional career. He also reached a Final Four during his career in Chapel Hill.
Dahntay Jones - NBA veteran averaged over 24 ppg in brief stint with Fort Wayne in 2007-08, currently member of the Denver Nuggets, drafted in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by Boston (20th overall)
Steven Smith - 6-9 forward excelled for Anaheim in D-League before signing in Greece, played for 76ers in 2006-07 season, two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year at La Salle
Cecil Brown - 6-4 guard spent entire season with L.A. D-Fenders, member of D-League Ambassadors in July before signing with French club Brest, All-Big West at UC-Santa Barbara
Brian Greene - 6-9 forward waived by Colorado due to injury in December, finished season with Koeln in Germany where he averaged 16.5 ppg, now a membe of Entente Orleans in France, All-Mountain West at Colorado State
Brian Chase - 5-9 guard was a 2006-07 D-League All-Star with Los Angeles, left D-Fenders last season for Turkey and is now signed with LeMans in France, spent time in the NBA with Utah and training camp with Miami Heat
Jeff Hagen - 7-0 center in training camp with Utah last season before appearing in 15 games for Iowa
Randy Livingston - Two-time All-D-League point guard and 2006-07 MVP, holds single-game record in assists, retired after winning title with Idaho in April, has appeared in 203 NBA games in 11 different seasons