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)
D-Fenders Acquire Player Rights to Juwan Staten - 15 hours ago
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The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired the returning player rights to Juwan Staten (6'1''-PG-92, college: W.Virginia) from the Delaware 87ers in exchange for forward Roscoe Smith(6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV), it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The deal is pending the successful completion of physicals. Staten currently plays for the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland, where he is averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists through 19 games. A 6-foot-1 point guard... [read more]
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired the returning player rights to Juwan Staten (6'1''-PG-92, college: W.Virginia) from the Delaware 87ers in exchange for forward Roscoe Smith (6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV), it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The deal is pending the successful completion of physicals. Staten currently plays for the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland, where he is averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists through 19 games. A 6-foot-1 point guard, Staten has career averages of 7.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 28 NBA D-League games with the Santa Cruz Warriors and Delaware 87ers. The former Dayton and West Virginia standout has also played internationally in Belgium. Smith averaged 16.0 points and 9.1 rebounds in 67 career games with the D-Fenders. He leaves Los Angeles as the franchise's second-leading rebounder, totaling 609 in two seasons. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Warriors bring in the big guns, shoot down Stars - 1 day ago
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The Santa Cruz Warriors at times struggled with Patrick McCaw (6'7''-G-95, college: UNLV), Kevon Looney (6'9''-F-96, college: UCLA) and Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) in their starting lineup Friday night against the visiting Salt Lake City Stars. It appeared they might need to call upon the efforts of Draymond Green, who sat courtside to watch his three Golden State teammates at Kaiser Permanente Arena. But another fourth-quarter comeback - and another massive, off-the-be... [read more]
The Santa Cruz Warriors at times struggled with Patrick McCaw (6'7''-G-95, college: UNLV), Kevon Looney (6'9''-F-96, college: UCLA) and Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) in their starting lineup Friday night against the visiting Salt Lake City Stars. It appeared they might need to call upon the efforts of Draymond Green, who sat courtside to watch his three Golden State teammates at Kaiser Permanente Arena. But another fourth-quarter comeback - and another massive, off-the-bench individual performance for Santa Cruz - ensured the Warriors' hot play of late continued. Reserve forward James Southerland looked like another one of Green's Golden State teammates when he caught fire from behind the arc Friday to lead the Warriors in their fourth-quarter comeback, dropping the Stars 113-104 in front of a sell-out crowd. Looney was solid, to be sure, finishing with 18 points and a Santa Cruz season-high 20 rebounds in just 23 minutes of work. But Southerland stole the show - and perhaps the win from Salt Lake City's grasp - when he deposited 17 of his game-high 29 points in the final stanza. 'To see James get hot, it was a lot of fun,' Looney said. 'It's something I'm used to (seeing at Golden State), and it was good to see him play well.' Southerland was 6 of 12 from 3-point range. And with a fourth-quarter offense geared around him hoisting improbable shots from beyond the arc, the 6-foot-8 forward made all four attempts and drew a shooting foul on another. The spark was all Santa Cruz needed. It led to a 20-8 run to start the fourth quarter and, eventually, the Warriors' seventh win in their last 10 games. 'James is an interesting guy. It doesn't matter what the situation is, he's just gonna shoot it,' said Warriors coach Casey Hill , who was feeling nostalgic after the game by sporting a Dakota Wizards hoodie. 'Tonight, he got hot and we were able to find him - both in screening situations and with him spacing the floor.' Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) finished with 20 points to go along with seven assists, while Alex Hamilton (6'4''-G-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) provided nine points and a game-high 11 assists off the bench. Many of those dishes were to Looney, who also dominated on offense in the fourth quarter. Though his game was seemingly forgotten at times by Salt Lake City, Looney was the beneficiary of multiple put-back dunks and lack of help defense by the Stars, who were outscored 38-24 in the fourth quarter. Rebounding is where the 6-9 big earned his pay Friday, surpassing the season-high rebounding mark for the team through the first three quarters. Looney surpassed Dennis Clifford (7'1''-C-92, college: Boston Coll.)'s mark of 17 boards set on Dec. 9 with 18 rebounds in his first 18 minutes of play. 'I feel like I got stronger. I feel better, more in shape and more confident in slides and basketball movements,' Looney said of his development. Hill agreed with the sentiment. 'I think a lot of the stuff you saw tonight was a lot of the stuff you were seeing last year, but with him in way better shape, a good summer under his belt and a little bit more confidence,' Hill said of Looney, who played in 12 games for Santa Cruz last season while on assignment. 'He's got the same nose for the basketball.' Hill said he felt no added pressure to win Friday's game, despite the beefed-up roster. Not since February 2014 has Santa Cruz played with as many as three players on assignment from Golden State. In fact, Friday's tilt was just the third game since the team relocated to Santa Cruz for the 2012-13 season that the NBA parent club had assigned three players simultaneously to Surf City. Santa Cruz is now 3-0 with three assignment players in the rotation. 'Winning is a bonus, but the most important thing is getting these guys what they need,' Hill said. 'It's been good so far,' he added. 'I thought all three of them did a good job of seamlessly rolling into what we were doing. We had a couple of nasty possessions here and there, but that happens when you have new faces in the lineup. 'We got through it and I thought we finished the game strong.' McCaw struggled to find his shot in the first half. Though it appeared the 6-foot-7 rookie out of UNLV would catch fire - he had several shots rim in-and-out - McCaw finished with just five first-half points on 2-of-8 shooting, 1 of 5 from behind the arc. He had 10 for the game on 3-of-9 shooting to go along with five assists, while Jones finished with six points and seven rebounds. Hill said he liked McCaw's effort and energy. 'Offensively, he hasn't made shots down here. But he hasn't been afraid to shoot them either, which is a good sign,' Hill said of McCaw, who was playing for the second time in Santa Cruz this season. 'We need to continue to show that trend and he'll start making shots down here.' Looney was a different story. The second-year big man, playing for the first time this season in Santa Cruz, asserted himself in the paint, either fighting through traffic or muscling for rebounds. He pulled down 10 boards by the break. Salt Lake City took a 59-57 lead at the midway point, taking advantage of Santa Cruz's out-of-sorts play early on to lead by as many as 11 points in the first half. The Stars had a 20-4 run in the first quarter and a 12-0 run in the second quarter, so it was small victory for the Warriors to be trailing by just two at the break. Southerland's play off the bench kept it close, though. The 6-8 forward, who caught fire in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win, carried over his deep-range game with 12 first-half points. He didn't score again until the fourth quarter, which began with Santa Cruz trailing 80-75. 'I would much rather have a 38-point third quarter,' Hill said of the recent come-from-behind efforts. 'But I'll take what I can get.' Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
After being waived by the Atlanta Hawks then clearing waivers last week, Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) has joined the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Kelly was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (No. 48 overall) in 2013. He spent three seasons with the Lakers before joining the Hawks as a free agent in October. Kelly carries NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He averaged just 1.1 points with the Hawks this season, as playing time... [read more]
After being waived by the Atlanta Hawks then clearing waivers last week, Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) has joined the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Kelly was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (No. 48 overall) in 2013. He spent three seasons with the Lakers before joining the Hawks as a free agent in October. Kelly carries NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He averaged just 1.1 points with the Hawks this season, as playing time was scarce.
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