Vipers select Johnson in first round of NBADL Draft



November 2, 2012

MCALLEN, Texas – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers selected rookie Chris Johnson with the seventh pick in the first round of the D-League Draft. The Vipers held the seventh pick in each of the eight rounds of the draft and also held the second pick in the third round.

Vipers first round pick Johnson is a 6-6, 201 lb. forward from Dayton University. Over four seasons, Johnson average 10.6 ppg for the Flyers. Johnson led the team in three-pointers made (69), three-point percentage (.397), free throw percentage (.859) and blocks (19). Johnson’s .859 free throw percentage during his senior season ranks as the 10th best in school-history for a single season.

The following is a complete list of the Vipers’ 2012 NBA Development League Draft picks.

RdPickNamePosHtWtFrom
17Chris Johnson*F6-6201Dayton
27DeVon HardinC6-10230California
32Mike SingletaryF6-6220Texas Tech
37Matt Dickey*G6-2185UNC-Ashville
47Glen Rice, Jr.*G6-6215Georgia Tech
57Dominique Ferguson*F6-8230Florida International
32 Tajuan Porter G5-7165Oregon
37 Lamb Autrey*td>G6-3185St. Mary’s (TX)
47 Evan Matteson*td>C6-10235Texas A&M-International

* – Rookie

Complete rosters for each of the 16 2012-13 NBA D-League teams will be comprised of the players drafted on Friday, along with returning, affiliated and local tryout players. Rosters will be reduced from 17 players to opening-day 10-man rosters by Nov. 21 in anticipation of the Nov. 22 tip off of the NBA D-League’s 12th season.

For the second straight year, all 16 NBA D-League teams and the NBA D-League headquarters in New York participated in the Draft exclusively through Cisco WebEx online collaboration solution, providing all markets a more connected experience using voice and video.

Rio Grande Valley fans will be able to watch these players live when the Vipers host the Bakersfield Jam Nov. 23 and 24 at State Farm Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. both nights. Call the Vipers at 956-972-1144 or visit Ticketmaster.com to purchase your seats.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.