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Lowgators announce first two allocated players for 2002-2003

September 24, 2002 - NBA G League (G League) - Charleston Lowgators News Release


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 24, 2002) – Former College of Charleston star Jeff Bolton and University of South Carolina leading scorer Jamel Bradley were named as the first two allocated players to the 2002-2003 North Charleston Lowgators roster, according to an announcement today by the National Basketball Development League Office.

Karl Hicks, Executive Director of the NBDL, named Bolton and Bradley among 16 players allocated to the eight NBDL clubs for the league’s second season. Allocated players have regional ties to their teams, and receive berths in the training camps of the teams in the NBA’s minor league.

Bolton, a 6-foot-4, 185 pound guard from the College of Charleston (’02) was a first team All-Southern Conference selection three consecutive seasons. Bolton, an Augusta, Ga., native averaged a school record 18.2 ppg on .419 shooting (187-446), 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game during the 2001-2002 campaign. He finished his career with 1,527 points and as the No. 5 scorer in College of Charleston basketball history.

Bradley, a 6-foot-2, 170 pound guard from South Carolina (’02) emerged to lead the team in scoring his last three seasons and was third team All-Southeastern Conference selection. Bradley, from Beckley, W.Va., finished the 2001-2002 season as the leading scorer for the Gamecocks averaging 13.1 ppg on .424 shooting (163-384) during a difficult SEC schedule. He also led the team with 117 three pointers and averaged 2.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals during the 2001-2002 season. He finished his career with 1,108 points and set the single season (117) and career (264) three-pointers made records at the University of South Carolina.

Bradley is also one of the better stories in basketball, playing with hearing aids on both ears after losing a majority of his hearing at 18 months old. Earlier this year, he was named the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Most Courageous Award recipient. Bradley was also the leading scorer on the gold-medal-winning United States team at the Deaflympics in Rome in the summer of 2001, averaging 20.2 ppg and scoring 33 points in the Gold Medal game.

"Both Jeff and Jamel are very talented athletes that could add some depth to our back-court this season," said Lowgators Head Coach Doug Marty. "Jeff is an electrifying athlete with a tremendous amount of scoring potential and helped the College of Charleston to a great season. Jamel is an excellent shooter and inspirational talent. I look forward to seeing both of them in training camp as they could add a great deal of character and experience to our roster."

Bolton and Bradley will join the Lowgators for the first time when the team opens training camp this November in North Charleston.

Each team will be allocated four players for the upcoming season, with the announcement on the second pair set to come in the next few weeks. The remainder of the roster will be filled by returning players from last year’s team, players selected in the October 31 NBDL Draft or any players who might advance from local tryouts. Three of four 2001-2002 allocated players -- Sedric Webber, B.J. McKie and Antonio Grant -- made last year’s team.

Additional NBDL player allocations announced today are:

Asheville Altitude: Josh Pittman (SG-UNC-Asheville), Ervin Murray (PG-Wake Forest)

Columbus Riverdragons: Sean Peterson (PG-Georgia So.), Carl Mitchell (SF-N. Kentucky)

Fayetteville Patriots: Jamaal Young (PF-Johnson C. Smith), Kenyatta Brown (SG-E. Carolina)

Greenville Groove: Jamar McKnight (SG-Clemson), Greg Lewis (SF-Winthrop)

Huntsville Flight: Neil Ashby (SF-Chattanooga), Schea Cotton (SG-Alabama)

Mobile Revelers: Joe Marshall (G-Purdue), Kevin Crosby (SG-Life)

Roanoke Dazzle: Ryan Charles (C-Radford), SirValiant Brown (G-George Washington)

The North Charleston Lowgators open the 2002-03 NBDL season Friday, November 15, 2002 on the road against the Mobile Revelers at the Mobile Civic Center. The Lowgators home opener is a rematch of last year’s NBDL Finals on Sunday, November 17 against the defending champion Greenville Groove at the North Charleston Coliseum.. Lowgators season tickets are currently on sale. For information, call (843) 460-1000 or visit www.northcharlestonlowgators.com.

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