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)
Hornets hire Noel Gillespie as Greensboro Swarm's first head coach - 1 day ago
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Noel Gillespie already had a job a lot of guys working their tails off in the NBA Development League desperately want. Gillespie worked 14 seasons in the NBA, the last three as an advance scout and assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets. He gave it up to go to the D-League. Gillespie has been hired as the first head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets new minor-league affiliate that will play its first games in the 2016-17 D-League season. 'I know some people in the NBA... [read more]
Noel Gillespie already had a job a lot of guys working their tails off in the NBA Development League desperately want. Gillespie worked 14 seasons in the NBA, the last three as an advance scout and assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets. He gave it up to go to the D-League. Gillespie has been hired as the first head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets new minor-league affiliate that will play its first games in the 2016-17 D-League season. 'I know some people in the NBA were surprised when I took the job,' Gillespie said Monday. 'Usually you see coaches, scouts and players in the D-League trying to get to the NBA. I'm in a unique position. I was in the NBA, and I loved what I did in the NBA as an assistant coach and scout. 'But the D-League develops coaches, too. Now this gives me the opportunity to draw plays, do the timeouts, do the huddles, organize a team. That's invaluable experience.' It's an experience that begins with a 1,600-mile drive. Gillespie and his wife, Sherry, left Denver on Sunday, stopping in Kansas City, Mo., for the night. He spoke by telephone Monday from a fuel stop in Nashville, Tenn. 'There's a ton of things that appeal to me, reasons to take to the job,' Gillespie said. 'Probably the biggest is it's a chance to create something from the ground up. It's brand new, and I can work with the Hornets front office and scouts to build a team from players in the expansion draft and in the D-League draft. Plus I'll get to work with any young guys with the Hornets, guys who have room to improve or have certain skill sets they need to work on. The key to the D-League is obviously development. That's priority No. 1.' Gillespie knows something about development. He's a self-made coach, a guy who never played college or pro basketball. He grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from NCAA Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater, landing an internship with the Indiana Pacers. 'I had a unique experience in college because Whitewater offered a coaching minor as part of the curriculum,' Gillespie said. ' I've always wanted to coach. I grew up in Wisconsin as a sports fan, and at a young age I admired coaches. I wanted to be like Vince Lombardi. In baseball, I wanted to be like Davey Johnson and in basketball it was Pat Riley . I was willing to learn, do my homework and get involved.' Gillespie took a job as a graduate assistant at Florida State, serving on Leonard Hamilton's first coaching staff in 2002-03. That got him his first look at the Greensboro Coliseum, which hosted the ACC Tournament. 'Everyone knows how passionate people in North Carolina are about basketball,' Gillespie said. 'I've seen it. The Hornets have a great home-court advantage, and I think the Swarm will have that, too.' With the Nuggets, Gillespie's role was scouting and player development. He worked with Denver's NBA Summer League team, was a head coach at the NBA draft combine and broke down game film to help players study their strengths and weaknesses. The Swarm will run the same offensive and defensive schemes implemented by Hornets coach Steve Clifford . They're schemes Gillespie scouted with the Nuggets. 'The thing that will be key for me is being with the Hornets all throughout September and October, through training camp and the coaches meetings,' Gillespie said. 'I'll be on the floor with them. That will be the best opportunity for me, to learn it up close and hear it from coach Clifford's mouth. 'I'll learn the playbook, the spacing, the teaching points, all the drill work. I'll see that all firsthand. I'll be involved in it.' And then, for the first time, he'll call the shots. Courtesy of: greenboro.com
Expansion Draft scheduled for late August - 9 days ago
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Back in April, we made some predictions about what this year's D-League expansion draft might look like with three new teams in the mix (Windy City Bulls, Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets) for the 2016-17 season. The picture got a little bit clearer recently, as the expansion draft is scheduled for August 24, league sources tell D-League Digest. This marks the first time since 2006 the D-League has had three or more teams take part in a single expansion draft. With a number of teams joi... [read more]
Back in April, we made some predictions about what this year's D-League expansion draft might look like with three new teams in the mix (Windy City Bulls, Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets) for the 2016-17 season. The picture got a little bit clearer recently, as the expansion draft is scheduled for August 24, league sources tell D-League Digest. This marks the first time since 2006 the D-League has had three or more teams take part in a single expansion draft. With a number of teams joining at once, the league has made a few modifications to the expansion process. According to multiple sources, the draft will be serpentine in form (draft order will reverse each round), with teams making 12 selections each. This number is down from previous seasons when new teams would select 16 players. The draft order has yet to be determined. Existing D-League teams will only be able to protect 10 players apiece. This number is also down from previous years when teams could protect up to 12 players. The order of selections in the first round will be inverted for the D-League Draft scheduled to take place in the fall. For example, if the order for the first round of the expansion draft is Windy City, Greensboro and Long Island, then Long Island would select first among the expansion teams at the D-League Draft. As usual, expansion teams will be slotted in between non-playoff and playoff teams. Those selections will be the 12th, 13th, and 14th selections overall. When a player misses two consecutive D-League seasons, his player rights are no longer held by the last team they've played for. When a player is selected in the expansion draft however, the expansion team holds that player's rights for at least two seasons, regardless if they've missed a season already. Though the expansion draft is the first step to establishing a roster for these new teams, don't expect these pending selections to hit the court anytime soon. In last year's expansion draft, out of the 16 players selected by the Raptors 905, only one suited up for them (Scott Suggs (6'6''-F/G-89, college: Washington)). What's next after the expansion draft? Many teams will begin scheduling open tryouts shortly thereafter as teams begin the process of establishing and building their rosters in preparation of the regular season tipping off in November once again. Courtesy of: dleaguedigest.com
D-League Increases Salaries For 16-17 Season - 12 days ago
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For the past couple seasons the salary structure in place for the D-League has consisted of tiers. There were three tiers of salaries: $13,000 (C), $19,000 (B) and $25,500 (A) and each team had a salary cap of $173,000 on top of that. For the 16-17 D-League season, there will only be two tiers for salaries as the 'C has been eliminated. The new salary levels will be $19,500 (B-Level) and $26,000 (A-Level) and the salary cap will rise to $209,000 [read more]
For the past couple seasons the salary structure in place for the D-League has consisted of tiers. There were three tiers of salaries: $13,000 (C), $19,000 (B) and $25,500 (A) and each team had a salary cap of $173,000 on top of that. For the 16-17 D-League season, there will only be two tiers for salaries as the 'C' has been eliminated. The new salary levels will be $19,500 (B-Level) and $26,000 (A-Level) and the salary cap will rise to $209,000. Adam Silver and D-League commissioner Malcolm Turner have been working in conjunction to build the league to 30 teams and when that point comes, there is a belief that salaries could be tripled to remain competitive. D-League call ups made nearly $5 million in salary last season so the chance for a payoff is present. Courtesy of: realgm.com
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