Strong Draft Sets Tone For Arsenal Training Camp
Anaheim, Calif., November 1, 2007-The Anaheim Arsenal selected Kedrick Brown with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Development League Draft on Thursday. Brown was selected after his sophomore season by the Boston Celtics in the first round (11th pick overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft. In 21 games with Boston, he averaged 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19.4 minutes a contest. Brown's NBA career highs are 18 points (vs. New Jersey in 2003-04) and ten rebounds (at Milwaukee in 2002-03).
Kedrick Brown's college highlights include earning NJCAA First Team All-American honors as a sophomore. Brown was also named First Team Panhandle Conference his freshman and sophomore years. Kedrick Brown helped lead Okaloosa-Walton to a 55-10 record during his two seasons, with a sixth place finish in the NJCAA Tournament his sophomore year.
After the Draft, Head Coach Reggie Geary stated, "As a coaching staff and a team we are very satisfied with our selection of Kedrick Brown in the first round. When you have the opportunity acquire an NBA lottery pick like Kedrick, you have to be happy." Coach Geary added, "Kedrick realizes this opportunity with the Arsenal is all about business and with his hard work he can be a valuable member of our team."
With the 20th overall pick in the second round, the Arsenal selected center/forward Ivan Johnson from Cal State San Bernardino. Johnson earned First Team All-CCAA honors as a senior. He was also named Second Team All-West Region by the NABC. Ivan Johnson finished his collegiate career at Cal State San Bernardino after playing one season each at Cisco Junior College in Texas, Los Angeles Southwest Junior College, and the University of Oregon. The Arsenal selected 6-foot-2 point guard Anthony Harris from the University of Miami with the 37th overall pick in the third round. Harris finished his collegiate career as Miami's sixth all-time leader in assists (330) and started 77 of 106 career games.
"We were surprised at how many good players were available toward the end of the draft. Normally, you don't see that level of talent that far into a draft. With the amount of quality players we drafted today, we expect some fierce competition in training camp", Dean Murray, Arsenal Assistant Coach, stated on Thursday night.
After the draft, players will attend training camp with their teams, which typically begin in the second week of November. The ten drafted players will join returning players, signed players from the Expansion Draft, and possibly one player who is invited to camp from Open Tryouts in a bid to make the opening night roster.
The draft is "serpentine" or "snaked" which means the order was reversed in each of the ten rounds. For example, after picking 9th, Anaheim's next selections were the 20th and 37th overall.
Entering its seventh season, the NBA Development League, the NBA's minor league established to develop talent across all disciplines for the NBA, has relocated its headquarters from Greenville, S.C. to New York City. The move provides the D-League with direct access to the support and resources of the NBA and WNBA. During the 2006-07 season 19 NBA teams assigned 24 players to D-League rosters and 14 NBA teams called-up 16 players ('Gatorade Call-ups'). In addition to players, the D-League has also provided the training ground for every referee hired by the NBA since 2002, and this season the first former D-League coach will lead an NBA team as Sam Vincent takes over the reigns with the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Arsenal season tips off at home on November 24 against the Utah Flash at 7:30PM at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. Arsenal 2007-2008 season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Arsenal Ticket Office at (714)635-BALL.
Following are the complete 2007 NBA D-League draft results for the Anaheim Arsenal:
Rd Name Pos Ht College
1. Kedrick Brown F 6-7 Okaloosa-Walton CC
2. Ivan Johnson F 6-8 Cal State San Bernardino
3. Anthony Harris G 6-2 Miami (Fla.)
4. Derrick Franklin C 6-11 Columbus State
5. Tyrone Anderson F 6-4 Concord (W.Va.)
6. B.J Walker C/F 6-10 Oklahoma City
7. Clarence Sanders G 6-1 Mississippi
8. Marquis Webb G 6-5 Rutgers
9. Lorenzo Williams PG 6-1 Rice
10. Bruce Brown C 6-9 Hampton
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