Buffalo Wild Wings and Budweiser to Host Draft Party

Sioux Falls, S.D. (October 29, 2007) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that they will host an NBA Development League Draft party at Buffalo Wild Wings on Thursday, Nov. 1 beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 909 West Avenue North, just south of the Sioux Falls Arena.

Fans are encouraged to attend as several great prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Prizes include autographed memorabilia, D-League and Skyforce apparel and an Allegiant Air Winter Getaway.

The draft, which will be conducted via conference call from D-League draft headquarters at the NBA TV studios and at locations in each of the 14 D-League cities, will air live on NBA TV beginning with pre-draft coverage at 7 p.m. Marty Blake, the NBA’s Director of Scouting and his son Ryan, NBA Assistant Director of Scouting, will once again serve as analysts.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce will have the sixth pick in the first round. The Colorado 14ers will have the first overall pick in a serpentine selection process, followed by the Dakota Wizards, Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Idaho Stampede, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Anaheim Arsenal, Utah Flash, Tulsa 66ers, Austin Toros, Bakersfield Jam and Iowa Energy.

The draft is “serpentine” or “snaked” which means the order will be reversed in each of the ten rounds. For example, after picking first, Colorado’s next selections will be the 28th and 29th overall. The Iowa Energy will select last in the first round, but first in the second round, giving them the 14th and 15th picks overall.

The selection process will operate with each team having one pick in each of the 10 rounds. No trades will be permitted during the draft and only players signed to an NBA Development League Standard Player Contract are eligible to be selected.

Sioux Falls selected Andre Brown with the second pick in the 2006 D-League Draft and he averaged 22.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in 16 games before receiving a Gatorade call-up by the Seattle SuperSonics on Jan. 5. He eventually signed with Seattle for the remainder of the season and was signed in the offseason by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2007-08 season. Discounts and benefits are also available for groups of 10 or more. The home opener is set for Saturday, Nov. 24 against the Tulsa 66ers. Single game tickets will go on sale on Friday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. For information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.