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D-League Minor Lgs
D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 8-3 
 2. Westchester K. 6-2 
 3. Delaware 87ers 4-5 
 4. Greensboro S. 3-8 
 5. Erie Bay H. 2-7 
 6. Long Island N. 2-10 
Central Division
 1. Ft.Wayne MA 7-2 
 2. Raptors 905 7-2 
 3. Windy City B. 5-4 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 4-6 
 5. Canton C. 4-6 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 9-2 
 2. N.Arizona S. 8-1 
 3. Santa Cruz W. 3-7 
 4. Reno B. 2-8 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 2-9 
Southwest Division
 1. Sioux Falls S. 8-2 
 2. Oklahoma City B 7-4 
 3. Rio Grande VV 7-4 
 4. Texas L. 5-4 
 5. Austin S. 4-5 
 6. Iowa E. 2-8 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
 Manny HARRIS
  
  (196-F/G-89)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Harris, Texas L.27.4 
 2. Murphy, Grand R.26.4 
 3. Taylor, Rio G.25.7 
 4. Cook, Canton C.25.6 
 5. Nader, Maine RC24.3 
 6. Blue, Los A.22.5 
 7. Evans, Canton C.22.4 
 8. McCallum, Grand R.21.9 
 9. Jones, Maine RC21.3 
 10. Booker, N.Arizon.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stephen ZIMMERMAN
  
  (213-F-96)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Zimmerman, Erie B.17.3 
 2. Alexander, Erie B.12.2 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.9 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.4 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.1 
 6. Tobey, Greensbo.10.1 
 7. Long, Delaware.10.0 
 8. Harris, Texas L.9.6 
 9. White, Sioux F.9.2 
 10. Harper, Los A.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Magette, Los A.11.5 
 2. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA9.3 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.6 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. Murray, Austin S.7.3 
 6. Taylor, Rio G.7.3 
 7. McCallum, Grand R.7.2 
 8. Pressey, Santa C.6.8 
 9. Weber, Sioux F.6.6 
 10. Jackson, Maine RC6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.0 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.2.8 
 3. Fells, Texas L.2.7 
 4. Harris, Texas L.2.6 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.5 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.3 
 7. Price, Erie Bay H.2.3 
 8. Tokoto, Rio G.2.2 
 9. Dinwiddie, Windy C.2.2 
 10. Collinsworth, Tex.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Benson, Sioux F.3.1 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Foster, Los A.2.5 
 4. Huestis, Oklahoma.2.4 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno2.3 
 6. Jones, Santa C.2.2 
 7. Johnson, Oklahoma.2.1 
 8. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 9. Caboclo, Raptors2.0 
 10. Wood, Greensbo.2.0 
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Day 26 (Regular Season)

Erie Bay H. Dec.9 Texas L. 74%
Raptors 905 55% Dec.9 Sioux Falls
Windy City B 63% Dec.9 Canton C.
N.Ariz.S. 68% Dec.9 Rio Grande
Reno B. 58% Dec.9 Iowa E.
Santa Cruz W 65% Dec.9 Austin S.
Interview with Former Maine Red Claw and new BK Prostejov Guard Jamar Smith - Aug 5, 2011


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Jamar Smith
The newest member of BK Prostejov takes some time to introduce himself, talk about his experiences and what he looks forward to accomplishing this season.
Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana), 6-3, 195lbs is coming off his first professional season spent in the NBA D-League with the Maine Red Claws. The former University of Illinois and Southern Indiana star had a stellar rookie season, being named to the D-League All-Rookie Second team after starting 45 of 48 contests and averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 46.7% from the field, 43.2% from three and 88.9% from the free-throw line. Jamar picked himself back up after a tumultuous end to his time at Illinois by re-grouping at Southern Indiana and putting together two incredibly impressive seasons at the NCAA2 school before going undrafted at the 2010 NBA Draft. However, his refined shooting, especially from behind the arc, was too good to go unnoticed and he earned a training camp invite with the Boston Celtics prior to heading to Maine and the D-League. For reference, an abbreviated 21 game sophomore season at Illinois is the only time in his brief career where he failed to shoot at least 40% from three (31.7%). His chances cut short at joining the NBA this season due to the lockout, Smith is continuing his maturation as a player and person as he begins his European career in the Czech Republic. Now, as one of the key members of a re-tooled Prostejov squad, Smith will be counted upon by new Head Coach Zbynek Choleva to carry a big scoring load as he teams with returning center Yemi Nicholson, captain Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) and several other newcomers to try and return the team to its established levels of prominence over the past two seasons.

Q) First of all, thank you for taking the time for this interview.
What was your first thought when you found out that you would be heading to the Czech Republic to play this season?

A) I was excited for the opportunity to play in another country and adapt and learn a new culture.

Q) Do you know anyone who has experience playing or living in Czech? What advice have you gotten so far on what to expect?

A) I don't know anyone personally who has played in Czech. Just to be open minded to the culture and enjoy the experience.

Q) Your new team has a completely different look from the last two seasons, when they were second-place finishers each of the last two seasons. Essentially you will be coming in and expected to put your stamp on the team right off the bat. Is this something you are accustomed and look forward to?

A) Definitely because my whole career I have been a scorer and then this past season I had to become more of the distributor, so I'm excited to get started.

Q) Asked to be primarily a shooting guard and scorer during your time in college, what was the biggest adjustment you had to make to your game to adapt to running the point at the pro level?

A) As a point guard you look to distribute first so it was just understanding when to look for my shot and the adjustment of running the offense.

Q) Obviously, you picked up the nuances of the position quickly, averaging 5.0 assists per game as a rookie starter for Maine last season.

Under Austin Ainge (son of Boston Celtics Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge) what did you learn about yourself and your game while in the D-League?

A) That I could make any adjustment when it comes to the game and I feel now I can play either guard position just as effectively.

Q) Back to the connection to Boston, what was it like to be in training camp with all of those Future Hall of Famers?

A) It was a positive learning experience getting advise from guys like Rajon Rondo and his knowledge of the PG position.

Q) When we look back at your collegiate career, as a native of Illinois, what did it mean to you to play for Bruce Weber and the Illini?
How did it affect you when you lost that opportunity to play for Illinois?

A) It was a disappointment; I'd always dreamed of playing there but when I lost the opportunity it bettered me as a person and I will always be very grateful to the University of
Illinois for the opportunity.

Q) What led you to choose to transfer to Southern Indiana? How did your two seasons there help you develop and grow?

A) It was a school that was relatively close to home and a new opportunity for me. From the start I had to earn everything at Southern Indiana, nothing was given to me.
I had to prove that I would not let anyone out work me and I wanted to be the leader of the team.

Q) Going into this season, what are your goals for yourself and the team?

A) Win the Czech Championship and perform very well in the EuroCup and EuroChallenge games.

Q) As the NBA is of course a goal for everyone, what are your thoughts on the lockout? Will the season start on time?

A) I'm not really sure because I haven't thought much about it. I try to really focus on what I can control and that is the upcoming season with BK Prostejov.

Q) Where will Jamar Smith be in five years?

A) I believe I will be in the NBA because of the hard work I put into my game and I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity.


  




Ivica Zubac
Lakers reassign Ivica Zubac to D-Fenders - 11 hours ago

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned center Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) to the Los Angeles D-Fenders for the third time this season. The 19-year-old has played well in the D-League this season, compiling averages of 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. Zubac was selected by the Lakers in the second round (No. 32 overall) of the 2016 draft. He has also spent time with KK Zrinjevac Zagreb, Cibona II Zagreb and BC Mega Leks. He has played four games...   [read more]

Damian Jones
Warriors recall Damian Jones - 11 hours ago

The Golden State Warriors have recalled rookie center Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League, the team announced. Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games in his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30. Jones was sected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft. He grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes Dec. 3 in a game against the Maine Red Claws.   [read more]

Keith Benson
Skyforce take down Drive with big third quarter - 1 day ago

The Sioux Falls Skyforce (8-2) overcame a six-point halftime deficit to beat the Grand Rapids Drive (4-6) on the road by a 111-105 score on Wednesday night. It was the Skyforce's fourth win a row and the Drive's third consecutive loss. Akaro White and Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) took advantage of the Drive's depleted frontcourt for Sioux Falls, as they combined for 33 efficient points and Benson had 11 rebounds. Jabril Trawick (6'5''-G-92, college: Georgetown) added 20 po...   [read more]


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