D-League Showcase Concludes In Boise

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2008 - The 2008 D-League Showcase presented by adidas featured four days of exciting minor league basketball, culminating with the hometown Idaho Stampede notching its 11th straight win, a 117-93 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Nearly 60 NBA scouts and executives were in attendance throughout the event, which featured 14 games, two apiece for each of the D-League’s 14 teams.

Shannon Brown was named All D-League Showcase First Team
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There were several memorable performances, highlighted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Shannon Brown scoring 26 and 37 points, respectively, before he was recalled by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brown’s back-to-back outings earned him a spot on the All D-League Showcase First Team presented by adidas.

Brown was joined on the First Team by guard Maurice Baker of the Dakota Wizards, who netted 41 points in a victory over the Iowa Energy on Jan. 14; forward Kasib Powell, of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, who connected on 20 of 35 shots from the floor during his team’s two games; center Lance Allred of the Stampede, who collected 24 points and 12 rebounds in a 93-89 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Jan. 15; and Ian Mahinmi, who shot 66.7 percent from the field in two games, a victory over Sioux Falls and a loss to Los Angeles. The 6-11 center Mahinmi is currently on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs.

The Second Team featured guard Andre Barrett from the Bakersfield Jam; a pair of Los Angeles D-Fenders, Devin Green and Sean Banks; and a duo of Colorado 14ers, Kaniel Dickens and Elton Brown.

The All D-League Showcase Honorable Mention included Iowa’s Dwayne Mitchell; Keith Langford of the Toros; the Colorado 14ers’ Eddie Gill; Sammy Mejia and Walker Russell of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants; Idaho’s Randy Livingston, Michael Cuffee from the Bakersfield Jam; James Lang of the Utah Flash; the Tulsa 66ers’ Nick Fazekas; Stephane Lasme of the D-Fenders; and Trent Strickland from the Vipers.

All D-League Showcase First Team Presented by adidas
Guard Shannon Brown, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Guard Maurice Baker, Dakota Wizards
Forward Kasib Powell, Sioux Falls Skyforce
Center Lance Allred, Idaho Stampede
Center Ian Mahinmi, Austin Toros

All D-League Showcase Second Team Presented by adidas
Guard Andre Barrett, Bakersfield Jam
Guard Devin Green, Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward Sean Banks, Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward Kaniel Dickens, Colorado 14ers
Forward Elton Brown, Colorado 14ers

All D-League Showcase Honorable Mention Presented by adidas
Guard Dwayne Mitchell, Iowa Energy
Guard Keith Langford, Austin Toros
Guard Eddie Gill, Colorado 14ers
Guard Sammy Mejia, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Guard Walker Russell, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Guard Randy Livingston, Idaho Stampede
Guard Michael Cuffee, Bakersfield Jam
Forward James Lang, Utah Flash
Forward Nick Fazekas, Tulsa 66ers
Forward Stephane Lasme, L.A. D-Fenders
Forward Trent Strickland, Rio Grande Valley Vipers