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Tuesday / October 3.
  • Robert Covington Chosen No. 1 in D-League Draft; Two Kentucky Players Taken

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    CovingtonThe Grand Rapids Drive selected 6-foot-9 forward Robert Covington of  Tennessee State with the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA Development League Draft on Saturday afternoon from the league’s New York headquarters.

    The Santa Cruz Warriors drafted Elliott Williams (6-5, 183, Memphis) with the second overall pick and the Austin Spurs chose Erik Murphy (6-10, 240, Florida) with the third overall selection. Carrick Felix (6-6, 203, Arizona State) to Santa Cruz and Ben Hansbrough (6-3, 203, Notre Dame) to Grand Rapids rounded out the top-five selections, all of whom boast NBA experience.

    Kentucky saw two former standouts selected in the first round as Marquis Teague (6-2, 180) was taken ninth overall by the Oklahoma City Blue and the Los Angeles D-Fenders selected Eloy Vargas (6-11, 250) with the 17th overall pick.

    Other first-round picks of note including former Louisville standout Chane Behanan going at No. 14 to Rio Grande and former Seton Hall star Fuquan Edwin at No. 15 to Sioux Falls, the D-league affiliate of the Miami Heat. The Skyforce also selected former Pitt standout Ashton Gibbs.

    Milos Milisavljevic (6-4, 202) of Serbia and Joonas Caven (6-11, 200) of Finland headline the international players selected in the Draft. Milisavljevic was selected by the Texas Legends with the sixth overall selection and Caven went to the Reno Bighorns with the 10th overall pick. Japanese guard Yuki Togashi went to Santa Cruz in the second round (27th overall).

    NBA D-League training camp rosters will be comprised of players drafted today, along with returning, affiliate, draft-rights and local tryout players and cannot exceed 17 total players. Teams had to have selected at least six players in today’s Draft and all players who were selected must be invited to training camp.

    For the fourth consecutive year, all 18 NBA D-League teams and the NBA D-League headquarters in New York participated in the Draft exclusively through Cisco WebEx Meeting Center.

    Full results from the 2014 NBA D-League Draft Live via Cisco WebEx are below:

    2014 NBA D-League Draft Live via Cisco WebEx Results


    Grand Rapids – Robert Covington

    Santa Cruz – Elliott Williams

    Austin – Erik Murphy

    Santa Cruz – Carrick Felix

    Grand Rapids – Ben Hansbrough

    Texas – Milos Milisavljevic

    Idaho – Tre Bussey

    Bakersfield – Robert Vaden

    Oklahoma City – Marquis Teague

    Reno – Joonas Caven

    Reno – Brady Heslip

    Canton – Michael Dunigan

    Santa Cruz – Melvin Johnson III

    Rio Grande Valley – Chane Behanan

    Sioux Falls – Fuquan Edwin

    Iowa – Damien Wilkins

    Los Angeles – Eloy Vargas

    Rio Grande Valley – Justin Jackson


    Delaware – D.J. Seeley

    Erie – Daniel Coursey

    Fort Wayne – Andre Emmett

    Maine – Asauhn Dixon-Tatum

    Grand Rapids – Omondi Amoke

    Texas – Nick Barbour

    Erie – John Bohannon

    Los Angeles – Naadir Tharpe

    Santa Cruz – Yuki Togashi

    Westchester – Joseph Bertrand

    Canton – Tristan Spurlock

    Delaware – Jamal Jones

    Santa Cruz – Trayvonn Wright

    Rio Grande Valley – Tristan Carey

    Sioux Falls – Michael Williams

    Sioux Falls – Manny Atkins

    Delaware – Sebastian Koch

    Idaho – Quinton Doggett


    Grand Rapids – Shaun Pruitt

    Erie – Lenzelle Smith Jr.

    Maine – Omari Johnson

    Maine – David Stockton

    Delaware – Devon Moore

    Oklahoma City – George Beamon

    Idaho –Ryan Sypkens

    Austin – Keith Wright

    Oklahoma City – Dane Miller

    Sioux Falls – Chadrack Lufile

    Grand Rapids – Kammeon Holsey

    Idaho- Kodi Augustus

    Grand Rapids – Dominic Waters

    Rio Grande Valley – Tyrone White

    Maine – Xavier Munford

    Iowa – Mike McCall

    Los Angeles – Ray Turner

    Fort Wayne – Titus Rubles


    Delaware – Kenny Hall

    Reno – Brian Oliver

    Austin – Donte Poole

    Maine – Luke Loucks

    Grand Rapids – Renaldo Woolridge

    Texas – Anthony Vereen

    Fort Wayne – Marcus Hall

    Bakersfield – Michael Haynes

    Oklahoma City – Jonathan Mitchell

    Westchester – Todd Mayo

    Reno – Raven Johnson

    Reno – Kevin Foster

    Canton – Tymell Murphy

    Rio Grande Valley – Duke Mondy

    Sioux Falls – Matt Hezekiah

    Iowa – Marcus Melvin

    Los Angeles – Charles Hinkle

    Fort Wayne – Stephen Madison


    Delaware – LaQuentin Miles

    Erie – Kevin Anderson

    Austin – Corey Raji

    Maine – Joshua Freelove

    Grand Rapids – Kelsey Barlow

    Texas – Luis Jacobo

    Idaho – Nick Covington

    Texas – DeShone McClure

    Oklahoma City – Michael Porrini

    Westchester – AJ Ussery

    Idaho – Joel Wright

    Canton – Kevin Thompson

    Santa Cruz – Marcus Bell

    Rio Grande Valley – Jarvis Threatt

    Sioux Falls – Ashton Gibbs

    Iowa – Anthony Stover

    Los Angeles – Jordan Burris

    Fort Wayne – Stefan Bonneau


    Delaware – Brandon Goode

    Erie – Travis Betran

    Austin – Joe Mitchell

    Grand Rapids – Moses Sundufu

    Grand Rapids – Jerrell Sanders

    Texas – Arron Mollet

    Idaho – Shane Gibson

    Bakersfield – Mohamed Tangara

    Oklahoma City – Amadou Mbodji

    Westchester – Sherrod Wright

    Westchester – Dwayne Mitchell

    Canton – Kevin Olekaibe

    Santa Cruz – Greg Howard

    Rio Grande Valley – Austin Witter

    Sioux Falls – Chris McNealy

    Iowa – Malik Smith

    Bakersfield – Bill Clark

    Fort Wayne – Marcus Simmons

    2014 NBA D-League Draft Live via Cisco WebEx Results


    Erie – Marcus Goode

    Austin – Mfon Udofia

    Idaho – Tyrrel Tate

    Bakersfield – Ricardo Barbosa

    Westchester – Kevin Tiggs

    Reno – Keith Chamberlain

    Canton – Deilvez Yearby

    Iowa – Brandon Provost

    Los Angeles – Sammy Yeager

    Fort Wayne – Kyrie Sutton


    Erie – Justin Simmons

    Austin – Cory Dixon

    Bakersfield – John Petrucelli

    Reno – Raymond Cowels

    About the NBA Development League

    The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 18 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2014-15 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 26 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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