TULSA 66ERS ADD 10 PLAYERS IN 2011 NBA D-LEAGUE DRAFT

TULSA, Okla., Nov. 3, 2011— The Tulsa 66ers, proud affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, selected Curtis Sumpter with the 11th pick and Gary Johnson with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA D-League Draft Thursday evening. Additionally, the 66ers selected Dwight Buycks with the 22nd pick, Brady Morningstar with the 34th pick, Evan Fjeld with the 43rd pick, Rico Cunningham with the 54th pick, Byron Eaton with the 75th pick, Brian Barkdoll with the 86th pick, Maze Stallworth with the 107th pick and Xavier Alexander with the 118th pick.

“We are pleased with the outcome of tonight’s NBA D-League draft,” said Thunder Director of Minor League Operations and Basketball Technology Paul Rivers. “We are looking forward to welcoming these 10 individuals to training camp of our development program in Tulsa starting next week.”

Sumpter, 6-7/225, was named First-Team All-Big East as a senior at Villanova after averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in his final season. The forward has most recently played for Maroussi Athens B.C. (Greek Basketball League) in 2011, where he averaged 8.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in seven games. Sumpter was also a member of the bronze-medal-winning U.S. team at the 2011 Pan American Games, led by 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts this past October.

Johnson, 6-7/230, started all 36 games his senior season playing for the University of Texas. In his final season in Austin, Johnson averaged 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. The forward led his team in rebounding in 11 games his senior season and was named to the Big 12 All-Reserve Team.

Buycks, 6-3/190, played his final two seasons collegiately for Marquette and averaged 8.8 points and 3.1 rebounds as a senior. Playing at Indian Hills Community College as a freshman and sophomore, Buycks earned First Team NJCAA All-America honors after scoring 1,254 points in his two seasons (third all-time in school history). He was also honored as a two-time First Team All-Region honoree at Indian Hills Community College.

Morningstar, 6-4/185, played at the University of Kansas and was a part of one NCAA National Championship and three NCAA Elite Eight teams. As a senior starter, Morningstar averaged a career-best 7.1 points, 3.3 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals. The guard averaged .413 shooting from 3-point range during his career with the Jayhawks.

Fjeld, 6-8/215, became the 30th player in University of Vermont history to top the 1,000 point mark. The forward finished his career 24th all-time in scoring (1,085), fourth in blocks (131) and fifth in field goal percentage (54.4). Fjeld was named to the America East First Team All-Conference his senior season after averaging a career-best 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

Cunningham, 6-5/175, played collegiately at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. The forward played in 31 games (30 starts) during his senior season at Lee and averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Eaton, 5-11/240, played collegiately for Oklahoma State University from 2005-2009. As a senior, the guard averaged a career-best 14.3 points, 5.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals. Also during his senior campaign, Eaton shot .400 (26-65) from beyond the arc. He was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team after his junior and senior seasons.

Barkdoll, 6-11/255, played in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for Southern Nazarene. As a senior, the center led his team in total points (369), scoring average (13.7), field goal percentage (.664) and rebounds (8.4) per game in 27 contests (all starts).

Stallworth, 6-4/215, played from 2006-2010 for Morehead State. The guard/forward averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 32 minutes per game during his season campaign. Stallworth was named to the Ohio Valley Conference Second Team after his senior season.

Alexander, 6-6/225, led his team as a senior at Southern Nazarene in both points (13.0) and rebounds (6.7) per game. The guard also tallied 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 31 games (29 starts).

The Tulsa 66ers open training camp on Saturday, Nov. 12. The 66ers season tips off on the road with back-to-back games against the Idaho Stampede on Nov. 25 and 26.

For more information on the Tulsa 66ers, including how to purchase both single-game and full-season tickets, call the 66ers business office at (918) 585-8444.

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