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SkyHawks Draft Eight in 17th Annual USBL Draft

April 9, 2002 - United States Basketball League (USBL) - St. Louis SkyHawks News Release

St. Louis, MO ~ The St. Louis SkyHawks drafted eight players in the United States Basketball League’s (USBL) 17th Annual Draft, held Tuesday, April 09, 2002, via teleconference from USBL headquarters in Milford, CT.

The order of the 2002 USBL Draft, which consisted of eight rounds, started with the three expansion franchises in the order of St. Joseph (MO), St. Louis (MO) and Adirondack (NY). The draft order following the three new teams, was determined by the final placement of each club’s 2001 regular season standings.

Clarence Gilbert, a 6-2, 194 pound guard from the University of Missouri, was selected as the SkyHawks first round draft pick. A recurring name in the record books at Mizzou, Gilbert finished his four-year collegiate career ranked 7th among the Tigers all-time scoring list with 1,685 points. He ranks 9th among MU’s all-time field goals made leaders (557), 8th among the all-time assists leaders (330) and 7th among the school’s career steal leaders (167), while also holding the record for most three-pointers in a career (332) and season (118). As a senior, he averaged 17.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 36 games.

Barat College’s John Jones was drafted as St. Louis’ second round selection. Jones, a 6-11, 215 pound center, led Barat to the 2002 NAIA Division I Final. In his senior season with the Bulldogs, he averaged 17.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 38 games played.

In the third round, St. Louis selected Western Kentucky guard Derek Robinson. Robinson, 6-1 and 185 pounds, finished his collegiate career with the Toppers, averaging 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior. In four seasons at WKU, he totaled 1,038 points in 117 games played.

Rolan Roberts, a 6-6, 250 pound center from the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, was drafted in the fourth round of the USBL Draft. Playing his senior season with the Salukis, Roberts averaged 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in 33 games, while helping SIUC advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Prior to transferring to SIUC, he played at Virginia Tech (1997-00), where he accumulated 1,169 points in his three-year career with the Hokies.

Other SkyHawks draftees include: Chad Pruitt from Arizona State University (5th round); Kevin Frey, Xavier University (6th round); Jeremiah Jefferson, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (7th Round); and Awvee Story from Arizona State University (8th round).

The SkyHawks tip-off their 2002 inaugural season on Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Mark Twain Basketball Arena. Don’t miss the action as Professional Men’s Basketball returns to St. Louis. For more information on the SkyHawks, please call 314.367.4600 x390 or visit

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