Samardo Samuels Named All-NBA D-League Honorable Mention

SAMARDO SAMUELS NAMED ALL-NBA D-LEAGUE HONORABLE MENTION

Bighorns’ forward Samardo Samuels was named All-NBA D-League Honorable Mention, it was announced today.

Samuels played in 32 games with the Bighorns this season, averaging 19.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Andrew Goudelock, the 2013 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player and a current member of the Los Angeles Lakers, headlines the 2013 NBA D-League First Team, as voted on by the league’s 16 head coaches. Goudelock is joined by Bakersfield Jam guard Jerel McNeal, now a member of the Utah Jazz, Tony Mitchell, the 2013 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year and a Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward, Sioux Falls Skyforce forward and NBA veteran Demetris Nichols and Jam center Brian Butch.

Named to the Second Team were five players with NBA experience, including three currently on NBA rosters: Cory Joseph (Austin Toros/San Antonio Spurs), Kris Joseph (Springfield Armor/Brooklyn Nets) and Tim Ohlbrecht (Rio Grande Valley Vipers/Houston Rockets). Cory Joseph, Kris Joseph and Ohlbrecht are joined by GATORADE Call-Ups Travis Leslie of the Santa Cruz Warriors and Damion James of the Bakersfield Jam. Leslie and Ohlbrecht are currently competing against each other in the 2013 NBA D-League Finals.

All five players on the Third Team also have NBA experience, with two current NBA players, Justin Holiday (Idaho Stampede/Philadelphia 76ers) and DaJuan Summers (Maine Red Claws/Los Angeles Clippers), highlighting the squad. GATORADE Call-Ups Holiday and Summers are joined by Rio Grande Valley’s D.J. Kennedy, Maine’s Chris Wright, and Los Angeles’ Jerome Jordan.

In total, 13 of the 15 players selected to this year’s All-NBA D-League First, Second, and Third Teams have NBA experience, with eight earning GATORADE Call-Ups during the 2012-13 season and seven currently on NBA rosters. Of those seven, five are on NBA teams currently competing in the Playoffs.

An additional 12 players earned All-NBA D-League Honorable Mentions, including Santa Cruz’s Hilton Armstrong, Tulsa’s Rasual Butler, Texas’ Justin Dentmon, Canton’s Kyle Gibson, Santa Cruz’s Stefhon Hannah, Fort Wayne’s Ron Howard, Bakersfield’s Renaldo Major, Canton’s Arinze Onuaku, Tulsa’s Daniel Orton, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Springfield’s Willie Reed, now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, Reno’s Samardo Samuels, and Iowa’s Chris Wright.

HONORABLE MENTION

Position Player Team

Guard Justin Dentmon Texas Legends

Guard Chris Wright Iowa Energy

Guard Stefhon Hannah Santa Cruz Warriors

Guard Kyle Gibson Canton Charge

Forward Ron Howard Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Forward Rasual Butler Tulsa 66ers

Forward Samardo Samuels Reno Bighorns

Forward Arinze Onuaku Canton Charge

Forward Renaldo Major Bakersfield Jam

Center Willie Reed* Springfield Armor

Center Daniel Orton* Tulsa 66ers

Center Hilton Armstrong Santa Cruz Warriors