The Tulsa 66ers, proud affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, drafted Dominique Sutton with the sixth overall pick of the 2012 NBA Development League Draft. Additionally, Tulsa selected Travis Hyman with the 22nd pick, Tony Taylor with the 32nd pick, Ron Anderson Jr., with the 54th pick, Rodney Bartholomew with the 70th pick, Solomon Bozeman with the 86th pick, Ayron Hardy with the 102nd pick and Isaiah Wilkerson with the 118th pick.
Sutton (6-5, 212), a forward from North Carolina Central, was a 2012 first-team Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection. Sutton averaged 16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.7 assists in his senior season. Prior to his time at NCCU, Sutton spent three seasons at Kansas State, playing in 90 games (76 starts). In his junior season at K-State, Sutton averaged 7.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
Hyman (7-0, 245), a center from Bowie State University in Maryland, averaged 10.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in his senior season. He was the 2012 CIAA Defensive Player of the Year along with being an All-CIAA First Team selection.
Taylor (6-1, 191), a guard from George Washington, scored 13.1 points per game while dishing out 4.3 assists and grabbing 2.5 rebounds in 2011-12. The guard was a 2011 All-Atlantic 10 Second Team selection.
Anderson Jr., (6-8, 210) is a forward out of South Florida, where he averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 2011-12. Anderson Jr., played his first two college seasons at Kansas State alongside Sutton. His father, Ron Anderson Sr.,played 10 seasons (1984-94) in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Washington Bullets and scored 7,056 career points.
Bartholomew (6-8, 230), a guard from Indiana Tech, averaged a double-double his final season with 17.5 points and 11.4 rebounds a game while shooting .596 from the field. Bartholomew was a 2011-12 All-NAIA D2 First Team member as well as earning Player of the Year honors in his conference.
Bozeman (6-1, 175), a guard out of Arkansas-Little Rock, spent last season with the D-Leagues Austin Toros, averaging 8.0 points and 3.0 assists.
Hardy (6-5, 215), a forward from the University of Jacksonville, played for Leicester in the United Kingdom in 2011-12. While in the UK, Hardy scored 15.4 points a game while grabbing 5.9 rebounds. Hardy was a two-time Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year as well as an All-Conference First Team selection in 2011.
Wilkerson (6-3, 215), a guard from the New Jersey Institution of Technology, averaged 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals in his senior season. He was the Great West Conferences Player of the Year in 2011-12 and an All-American honorable mention.
The Tulsa 66ers open training camp on Saturday, Nov. 10 with their 16-man roster. Tulsas season tips off Nov. 23 against the Texas Legends at the SpiritBank Event Center.
For more information on the Tulsa 66ers, call the 66ers business office at (918) 585-8444.
Draft Recap: 6. Dominique Sutton (F, 6-5, 212, 10/20/86, North Carolina Central) 22. Travis Hyman (C, 7-0, 245, 07/12/87, Bowie State) 32. Tony Taylor (G, 6-1, 191, 08/09/90, George Washington) 54. Ron Anderson Jr. (F, 6-8, 210, 09/12/89, South Florida) 70. Rodney Bartholomew (F, 6-8, 230, 05/21/89, Indiana Tech) 86. Solomon Bozeman (G, 6-1, 175, 12/18/87, Arkansas-Little Rock) 102. Ayron Hardy (F, 6-5, 215, 12/24/88, Jacksonville) 118. Isaiah Wilkerson (G, 6-3, 215, 11/13/90, New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Oshkosh may pursue NBA D-League team - May 24, 2016
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Oshkosh officials are considering making a proposal to the NBA, to place a developmental league team in the city. City Manager Mark Rohloff says the Bucks want a D-Leauge team within two hours of Milwaukee. The team put out a request for proposals. Rohloff says they would use the temporary facility for the first five to 10 years, and then they could move to a permanent building. He says they would need 2,500 to 3,000 seats. The city is still considering whether to move forward with the id... [read more]
Oshkosh officials are considering making a proposal to the NBA, to place a developmental league team in the city. City Manager Mark Rohloff says the Bucks want a D-Leauge team within two hours of Milwaukee. The team put out a request for proposals. Rohloff says they would use the temporary facility for the first five to 10 years, and then they could move to a permanent building. He says they would need 2,500 to 3,000 seats. The city is still considering whether to move forward with the idea. Courtesy of: whby.com
NAZ Suns reveal new uniform, logo at Prescott Valley Event Center - May 19, 2016
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Some 200 people showed up to watch the new Northern Arizona Suns NBA Developmental League basketball team unveil its logo and uniforms Tuesday night, May 10, at Prescott Valley Event Center [read more]
Some 200 people showed up to watch the new Northern Arizona Suns NBA Developmental League basketball team unveil its logo and uniforms Tuesday night, May 10, at Prescott Valley Event Center. Standing on a makeshift stage on a basketball court toward the east end of the center, NAZ Suns President Chris Presson discussed the meaning behind the logo - complete with its 16 triangular purple flares (for 2016, the year of the team's founding) and the orange directional arrow on the top flare pointing to true north. An emblem with a basketball and the purple letters 'NAZ' in the middle of the sun complete the logo. To a great extent, the logo reflects what the team hopes to build with its fan base in Yavapai County. 'We have to infuse ourselves into the community,' Presson said. 'This is a basketball business, but the keyword is it's a business.' During the presentation, Prescott High basketball star Tyler Bell and Bradshaw Mountain High's Tim Young entered from behind a curtain to reveal the white-and-orange home jersey and the purple-and-orange away jersey. Bell said two days ago, when he walked into school, PHS Athletic Director Missy Townsend and basketball coach Adam Neely asked him if he wanted to model one of the NAZ Suns' jerseys. Bell, a senior who will compete for NAIA Benedictine University-Mesa in the winter, didn't hesitate. 'I was like, 'Yeah, sure. Why not?' ' added Bell, who, like Young, didn't get to keep the uniform. 'It was a lot of fun to come out here and be a part of something that, hopefully, will be here for a really long time. 'And when I come [back] up here every summer [from Mesa] I will be able to say that I was a part of something that's the beginning for up here in northern Arizona.' On Monday, in sixth hour P.E. at Bradshaw Mountain High, Athletic Director Mark Ernster pulled Young, a sophomore, out of class and asked him if he could present one of the uniforms. 'I hopped on right away,' Young said. 'I was like, 'Of course.' It's awesome [to have this team here] because we get to watch these guys, and we learn a lot from them - just watching them, just how they play, the intensity. And it's cool to have local people that you can look up to. This will help me a lot, knowing I wore these jerseys, so I will relate to them [players]. And I'll be like, 'I remember wearing that jersey. That was pretty cool.' I will come out and support them.' Haley Young, Tim's older sister who plays varsity basketball and softball at Bradshaw Mountain High, sat in the front row on the floor for the uniform presentation. She said the team will give the community something to rally around. 'It's pretty awesome - I love going to professional sports and watching it and like seeing how they play compared to us,' said Haley, a junior. 'And it's really going to help the community, too. It will get us excited about something. ' Presson also expressed how the NAZ Suns, formerly the Bakersfield (California) Jam, will reach out to the quad-city area communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt to give the residents an affordable sports/entertainment option. A new basketball court, complete with the NAZ Suns logos, will arrive at PV Event Center July 1, Presson said. The NAZ Suns will also have their own mascot. 'We got approval from the NBA today [Tuesday] to add a few modifications to our court design from what we presented,' Presson said. 'The NBA Developmental League office approved it, but the NBA said, 'Hey, we'd like you to do this.' We will have another community event around the unveiling of the court. Then we'll have open houses and a fan fest or two.' Courtesy of: pvtrib.com
Timothy Bawmann Named President of Fort Wayne Mad Ants - May 10, 2016
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Timothy A. Bawmann is the new President of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League, Mad Ants owner Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced today. Bawmann, a veteran minor league baseball executive, begins his duties immediately. He succeeds Jeff Potter, who will remain with the Mad Ants in an advisory capacity until his contract expires in September [read more]
Timothy A. Bawmann is the new President of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League, Mad Ants owner Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced today. Bawmann, a veteran minor league baseball executive, begins his duties immediately. He succeeds Jeff Potter, who will remain with the Mad Ants in an advisory capacity until his contract expires in September. "We are exceptionally pleased to bring a man of Tim's experience, leadership, skills and success to the Mad Ants," said Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Rick Fuson. "He will certainly assist us in our goal of making the Mad Ants a model D-League franchise and a prominent presence in the Fort Wayne community." Bawmann, 50, has served as President and General Manager of the Boston Red Sox Class A affiliate Lowell Spinners since 2003. Since 2010, he also has served as president of the Nashua Silver Knights in the Futures League. "I look forward to building the Pacers brand through the Mad Ants organization," he said. "My goal is to make the Mad Ants the number one destination for family entertainment each season. Jeff Potter and his staff have laid the foundation and I plan to build on their work to make the Mad Ants game experience entertaining for fans of all ages through creative promotions and top notch customer service." With the Spinners, Bawmann oversaw record revenue and attendance growth, including a 10-year streak of home-field sellouts. Corporate sponsorship increased by 35 percent. He managed a full-time staff of 12 and a season support staff of 30. With the Silver Knights, Bawmann directed the start-up efforts of a founding member of a newly created league and quickly drove the franchise to significant increases in attendance, merchandise, food and beverage and corporate sponsorships. Before coming to the Spinners, Bawmann worked in marketing and administration for a number of minor league franchises, including affiliates of the Montreal Expos and Houston Astros. A native of Rock Island, Ill., Bawmann is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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