The Korean Basketball League's import player draft took place Thursday night in the Monte Carlo Hotel's ballroom down in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada following two and a half days of tryouts - and I have the results.
Typically this sort of thing wouldn't be news around these parts, but because there was a rather large amount of big men that either played in the NBA Development League or in the recent NBA Summer League I decided to follow it as closely as I could (which meant via texts from a coach that happened to be down in Vegas since ESPN apparently didn't deem it appropriate for Thursday afternoon television).
The KBL has a few peculiar rules (players have to be three years removed from any NBA experience and at least two years removed from European experience unless that experience came in Spain, Turkey, Italy, Israel, Russia, Greece or China) and, beginning this year, teams are only allowed one import for the entire game - a change from last season when teams could play both of their imports during the first and fourth quarter of each game.
All that aside, they make up for it by signing imports to $400,000 contracts - $73,604 less than the NBA minimum contract that the majority of these players would have to fight through an NBA training camp to earn.
Notable players that weren't selected include Memphis Grizzlies Summer Leaguer Jeff Adrien, Nuggets Summer Leaguer (and former Dakota Wizard) Romel Beck, Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, Utah Flash big man Bennet Davis, Spurs Summer Leaguer Bryan Davis, Hornets Summer Leaguer Kyle Hines, former Phoenix Sun Dan Langhi, former perennial Jazz Summer Leaguer Kevin Lyde, 37-year-old NBA journeyman Amal McCaskill, Michigan State alums Drew Naymick and Raymar Morgan, Bulls Summer Leaguer A.J. Ogilvy, Tulsa 66ers stud Larry Owens, Fort Wayne big men Jared Reiner and Sean Sonderleiter, former Golden State Warrior draft pick Chris Taft, and last, but not least, motherfrickin' Samaki Walker.
Pick Name College
1 Jasper Johnson Delta State
2 Chris Alexander Iowa State
3 Glen McGowan Pepperdine
4 David Simon IPFW
5 Herbert Hill Providence
6 Terrence Leather South Florida
7 Chris Daniels Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
8 Rod Benson Cal
9 Noel Felix Fresno State
10 Micah Brand Massachusetts
Second Round Name College
11 Laurence Ekperegin LeMoyne
12 Aaron Haynes Boise State
13 Victor Thomas LaSalle
14 Eric Dawson Midwestern
15 Michael Haynes Fordham
16 Ousmane Barro Marquette
17 Gavin Edwards Connecticut
18 Otis George Louisville
19 Marcus Hubbard Angelo State
20 Charles Rhodes Mississippi State
The majority of these players had previous KBL experience as Johnson, Alexander, Hill, Leather, Daniels, Brand, Haynes and Thomas all played in Korea last season - most of which were in the top 10 in scoring.
The rest, well, it's a rather eclectic bunch, though Ekperegin will be the only rookie import - something that could be challenging for the small school player who looked decent with the Denver Nuggets in Vegas. Johnson, Alexander, McGowan, Hill, Benson, Felix, Dawson and Hubbard all have D-League experience.
any news on tyler wilkerson?
did you already know about this? its the latest so far
Tyler Wilkerson To Sign In Israel If Spurs Don't Guarantee Him A Contract
McDunkin..while u were in Memphis did u hear anyone mention or talk about a homeless woman they call'''GET IT GIRL''? she wears a cowboy hat ,parades up & down the streets carrying a 2 by 4 ,dancing,singing and throwing things at people'cars....lol
to be honest mcdunkin i had no idea i just have always liked wilkerson and his posterizing of hasheem thabeet made me appreciate him even more
dammit...my girlfriend said she was going out for "ladies night" and this is what i get...i thought after her 3rd arrest she'd stop taking PCP
that sound like something straight out of grand theft auto
lol naw man i was only there, unfortunately, for a funeral so i barely got to get around much...Just back and forth between family members houses, since i didnt have to drive much i dont remember many streets/directions... i just know we pretty much stayed in the south Memphis area and our hotel was around that Graceland tour...where the whole road was elvis house/based stuff.
I do know the police up there are SERIOUS they ride 4 deep in unmarked cars and when they pulled me and my cousins over for his window tint being too dark they put a spotlight on us...it felt like TaylorCondrin was busting me for bad grammar or something
HARD TO believe they have Graceland Located in the Most HOODiest part of town.....lol
yeah..the memphis pd dont play..so many folks up to NO GOOD..CANT TRUST NOBODY..I have family there and they say an average of about 8 people get killed a day there...so sad..
i didnt mean to stray off the subject of b-ball
I live in Korea and I watch KBL games on tv all the time. I'm glad someone else is interested in it. There are a lot of american guys that play in the KBL that were good college players and probably played in the D-League or internationally.