Armor Select Marcus Campbell First in 2009 NBA D-League Expansion Draft
Campbell, 27, played in 38 games with the Anaheim Arsenal during the 2008-09 campaign, averaging 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. In four seasons in the NBA D-League, Campbell has accumulated 1,487 points, and his 1,017 rebounds and 171 blocks rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in league history.
A product of the University of Mississippi, Campbell established a personal season high with 20 points in a 112-107 victory against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on March 4th. Four days earlier, he grabbed 23 boards at Albuquerque.
Campbell was the tallest player available in the expansion draft, and the Armor also selected the second-tallest player with the final pick. Kirk Walters, who averaged 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in 45 games as a rookie with the Arsenal last season, stands 6-foot-11.
“We definitely targeted big men in the expansion draft,” Armor Head Coach and Director of Basketball Operations Dee Brown said. “Size is a quality you can’t teach. We also wanted to gain as much NBA D-League experience as possible and felt that the selection of Campbell certainly fulfilled both goals.”
In between the selection of centers Campbell and Walters, Brown and Assistant Coach Kevin Whitted chose three forwards, three guards and another center. The Armor also nabbed Cedric Bozeman, who plays both guard and forward, in the fifth round. Bozeman started all 48 games for the Arsenal last season, averaging 19.4 points per game to rank 21st in the NBA D-League.
Bozeman and guard Eddie Gill, whose rights were chosen in the third round, are Armor expansion draftees with NBA experience. Bozeman played in 23 games for the Atlanta Hawks in 2006-07, and Gill has 187 NBA games, including six with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2008-09, under his belt.
The Armor, who participated in the 10-round expansion draft with the Maine Red Claws, were chosen to select first via a random drawing conducted by an independent agency. The order of selection alternated in each round, with the team that selected second in the first round (Maine) choosing first in the second round. Both the Armor and the Red Claws had the ability to select from the returning player lists of the Anaheim Arsenal and Colorado 14ers, which won the league championship in April.
For the complete list of players selected by the Armor in the expansion draft, click here.