NBADL Announces 2009 Pre-Draft Camp

The D-League announced that this year's pre-draft camp will be held June 19-21 in Los Angeles Hawthorne, CA.  Keep at least one eye open because RU's best friend Sun Yue just might pop in to wish them luck.

                                                                                                                                                                      

NEW YORK, April 21, 2009 – The NBA Development League, the official minor league of the National Basketball Association, will hold its annual pre-draft camp at the Hangar Athletic Xchange (HAX) the premier sports and training center in Hawthorne, CA from June 19-21. The three-day camp challenges the 200 hopefuls with individual skill-based drills and four full-court games each, two on Saturday and two on Sunday.  The camp enables participants to showcase their skills for NBA D-League player personnel executives, coaches and industry scouts with the hopes of gaining eligibility for the NBA D-League Draft in November.

Following last year’s camp in Suwanee, Ga, 45 players signed NBA D-League contracts with 10 of those players earning roster spots during the 2008-09 season.  Headlining that group are Utah Flash teammates Bennett Davis and Carlos Wheeler, who will compete against the Colorado 14ers for the NBA D-League Championship beginning tomorrow night at the McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah.  

Davis, a 6-8 forward from Northeastern University, appeared in 48 games (21 starts) for the Flash during the regular season, averaging 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 18.3 minutes.  He has scored in double figures on 13 occasions, including a season-high 20 points in a 118-82 win over the Reno Bighorns on Jan. 30.  

Wheeler, a 6-7 forward from Campbellsville University in Kentucky, appeared in 50 games (one start) for the Flash during the regular season and averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 21.9 minutes, scoring in double figures 22 times, with two double-doubles.  

"Pre-Draft camp provides players with a unique opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to team and league officials,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President for NBA D-League Basketball Operations and Player Personnel. “And while it provides athletes a chance to showcase their games, it also allows our teams to evaluate top-notch talent in a highly competitive environment.”

Players wishing to participate in this year’s camp must be at least 18 years old and meet NBA D-League eligibility requirements. The application for the camp, player release and eligibility forms can be downloaded from the league’s official website at nba.com/dleague/predraft09. Those completed forms along with a $550 money order need to be received by the League office by May 22, 2009.  The participation fee includes lodging for two nights, transportation between the hotel and gym for the games, breakfast and a uniform.  All materials must be received by the deadline and completed in their entirety for the player to be considered for participation in the camp. The camp will be limited to 200 participants.

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