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September 22, 2005 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release

Boise, ID (Sept. 22, 2005) - The 20th Annual Continental Basketball Association College Draft is over, and teams are beginning to piece together their squads in preparation for tip-off to the 60th anniversary season on Friday, Nov. 18.

First, here is a recap of how the 2005 CBA Draft unfolded on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The Albany Patroons, returning to the CBA after a 13-year hiatus, used their No. 1 pick on George Washington's T.J. Thompson (G, 5-10, 180). The 5-foot-10 guard led the Colonials to their first Atlantic 10 Championship in 2005 and to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Staying in the East, the Big East Conference took home honors for having the most players selected in the draft with six. West Virginia's D'Or Fischer (C, 6-10, 240) was the second pick in the draft, taken by the Gary Steelheads, while Quemont Greer (F, 6-7, 235), of new Big East member DePaul, was taken with the fifth overall pick by the Idaho Stampede. Other players with Big East connections selected in Tuesday's CBA Draft were; Otis George (F, 6-8, 225) of Louisville, picked by the Yakama Sun Kings (2nd rd./13th pick); Chris Taft of Pittsburgh, selected by the Dakota Wizards (2nd rd./16th pick); Chevon Troutman of Pittsburgh, selected by Albany (3rd rd./17th pick); and Tyrone Salley of West Virginia, selected by Gary (5th rd./34th pick).

The Big 12 and the Big 10 each had five players selected in the draft, while five schools had multiple players selected. Oklahoma State led the way with three players picked, all by the Sioux Falls Skyforce, including Stephen Graham (F, 6-6, 220) in the 1st round (7th pick), John Lucas (G, 5-10, 160) in the 2nd round (11th pick), and Ivan McFarlin (F, 6-6, 235) in the 2nd round (15th pick).

Boise State, Saint Joseph's, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia each had two players selected.

Three players called on Tuesday night were selected in the 2nd round of the 2005 NBA Draft. Taft, who was picked by Dakota in the 2nd round (16th pick), was also chosen by Golden State in the NBA Draft (42nd pick). Gonzaga's Ronny Turiaf (F, 6-10, 249) was selected by Yakama in the 5th round (36th pick) of the CBA Draft and by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Draft (37th pick). Finally, Indiana's Bracey Wright (G, 6-3, 210) was selected by Gary in the 6th round (42nd pick) and by Minnesota in the NBA Draft (47th pick).

There were five non-Division I players tabbed in the 2005 Draft, as well. The Rockford Lightning selected Ryan Edwards (F, 6-5, 225) from Missouri Baptist in the 1st round (6th pick) and Kenyon Gamble (C, 6-11, 230) from Tuskegee University in the 2nd round (14th pick), Gary picked Lee Cook (F, 6-10, 235) from Bowie State in the 3rd round (18th pick), Dakota selected Matt Vaughn (G, 5-11, 175) from Colorado Christian College in the 4th round (32nd pick), and the Michigan Mayhem picked Marcus Wallace (G, 6-4, 198) from Grand Valley State in the 6th round (43rd pick).

The oldest professional basketball league in the world tips off its 60th season on Friday, November 18, when Albany travels to Michigan, Idaho goes to Yakama, and Rockford plays at Gary.

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