66ERS SELECT CHRIS RICHARD WITH FIRST PICK IN 2008 NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE DRAFT
Tulsa, Okla., November 7, 2008 – The Tulsa 66ers selected Chris Richard with the first pick overall in the 2008 NBA Development League Draft. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward from the University of Florida won two NCAA championships while in college.
During the 2007-08 season, Richard, selected 41st overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, appeared in 52 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves. While on assignment with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, Richard averaged a double-double of 10.2 points and 11.5 rebounds.
“We are very excited to have players of this caliber in our Training Camp,” 66ers Head Coach Paul Woolpert said. “All of these men are assets to this team and our community on and off the court.”
During the next three rounds, the 66ers selected local talent in former Oral Roberts University players guard Moses Ehambe, forward Yemi Ogunoye and guard Adam Liberty.
"All of the players that we are bringing in to training camp are talented players,” 66ers Manager of Minor League Operations Brandon Barnett said. “We are excited to bring them to Tulsa and start camp.”
The following is a list of each player selected by the 66ers in the 2008 NBA D-League Draft:
|2||32||Moses Ehambe||G||6-6||200||Oral Roberts|
|3||33||Yemi Ogunoye||F||6-8||210||Oral Roberts|
|4||64||Adam Liberty||G||6-2||180||Oral Roberts|
|5||65||Mikheil Berishvili||F||6-9||195||Rep. of Georgia|
|6||96||KeJuan Johnson||G||6-4||195||Long Beach State|
|8||128||Derrick Dial||G||6-4||184||Eastern Michigan|
The 10 players selected by the 66ers will join returning players center Keith Closs, forward Chris Ellis and guards Jeremy Kelly and Russell Carter, tryout camp invite forward Keith Clark, along with allocated players guard Terrell Everett and forward Ryan Humphrey for Training Camp. All players will arrive in Tulsa late next week as training camp is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 17. Coaches will submit a final roster of 10 players on Wednesday, Nov. 26 as the 2008-09 NBA D-League regular season tips off on Friday, Nov. 28.
About the Tulsa 66ers
Season tickets for the 2008-09 season start at just $8 per game and are on sale now. Don’t miss the first year that the 66ers franchise is owned an operated by their NBA parent club, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tulsa will tip off this historic season on Friday, Nov. 28 on the road at Rio Grande Valley. The team will then travel to Austin on Saturday, Nov. 29 before returning home for the inaugural game at the new SpiritBank Event Center on December 5 versus the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Call 918-585-8444 to see first-hand the Route to NBA Dreams.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams. The league has produced 15 percent of the players on 2007-08 end-of-season NBA rosters and continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, 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 this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.
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