NBA D-League Select Team to Participate in 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SportsJuly 6, 2009 - NBA Development League (D-League)
"We're excited to bring a talented group of NBA D-League players to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas," said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. "This year's NBA Summer League represents a tremendous opportunity for our young players to showcase their skills against top NBA prospects and on basketball's biggest summer stage."
The team, which features players from seven different NBA D-League teams, is headlined by the 2009 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, Othyus Jeffers. Jeffers played in 48 regular season games for the Iowa Energy during the 2008-09 season and averaged 20.6 points, good for eighth-best in the NBA D-League, to go with 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Complementing Jeffers is Energy teammate Curtis Stinson, who played in all 50 of Iowa's regular-season games, averaging 16.1 points. His 8.4 assists and 2.2 steals were good for third- and fourth-best in the NBA D-League respectively.
The Select team's roster also features Walker Russell, Jr., who led the NBA D-League with 10.8 assists per game, while averaging a league third-best 2.3 steals for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. His teammate Coleman Collins, who averaged 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 46 games last season, joins him on the roster.
Another pair of teammates, Rio Grande Valley's Marcus Hubbard, who averaged 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, and Kurt Looby, who averaged 6.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and an NBA D-League-leading 2.5 blocks, join the team.
Trey Johnson, who earned two GATORADE Call-Ups to the Cleveland Cavaliers while averaging 20.7 points and 4.5 assists; Gary Forbes who averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season with the Sioux Fall Skyforce and Tulsa 66ers; Dakota's Will Frisby, who averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in 41 games for the Wizards; and Jasper Johnson, who averaged 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in 49 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Albuquerque Thunderbirds round out the roster.
Scott Roth, who led the Bakersfield Jam to the team's first postseason appearance on the back of a 26-24 overall record, was named head coach of the Select team. Joining him on the bench in Las Vegas is Dale Osbourne, who completed his second season as assistant coach of the Utah Flash and Jason Glover, who just completed his first season as the assistant coach of the Reno Bighorns. Michael Douglas of the Bighorns will serve as the team's athletic trainer.
The NBA D-League Select team begins their summer schedule when they face-off against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 4 p.m. ET at the Cox Pavilion.
The 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports is comprised of 21 NBA teams and the NBA D-League Select squad, and features rookies, second-year players and select free agents.
The 2009 NBA D-League Select roster and game schedule are listed below:
PLAYER POS HT WT BORN COLLEGE NBA D-LEAGUE TEAM NBA EXP.
Coleman Collins F 6-9 225 7/21/86 Virginia Tech. Fort Wayne Mad Ants R
Will Frisby F 6-8 235 6/9/81 Miami Dakota Wizards R
Gary Forbes F 6-7 220 2/25/85 Massachusetts Tulsa 66ers R
Marcus Hubbard C 6-9 230 12/23/83 Angelo State Rio Grande Valley Vipers R
Othyus Jeffers G/F 6-5 200 8/15/87 Robert Morris Iowa Energy R
Jasper Johnson F 6-8 275 5/21/83 Delta State Albuquerque Thunderbirds R
Trey Johnson G 6-6 216 8/30/84 Jackson St. Bakersfield Jam 1
Kurt Looby C 6-10 230 2/17/84 Iowa Rio Grande Valley Vipers R
Walker Russell, Jr. G 6-0 170 10/6/82 Jacksonville St. Fort Wayne Mad Ants R
Curtis Stinston G 6-3 215 2/15/83 Iowa State Iowa Energy R
Head Coach: Scott Roth
Assistant Coaches: Jason Glover, Dale Osbourne
Athletic Trainer: Michael Douglas
NBA D-League Select Schedule (all times ET):
DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
July 13 Minnesota 4:00 p.m. COX Pavilion
July 15 Sacramento 8:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center
July 17 Phoenix 10:00 p.m. COX Pavilion
July 18 Denver 10:00 p.m. COX Pavilion
July 19 Portland 10:00 p.m. COX Pavilion
NBA Development League Stories from July 6, 2009
- NBA D-League Select Team to Participate in 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports - D-League
- Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report - OSC Original by Dan Krieger
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