Utah Flash draft on former BYU volleyball star Kent Tuttle
The Utah Flash used their final pick in Monday’s NBA D-League draft on former Brigham Young star Kent Tuttle.
Not ringing a bell? That’s because the 6-foot-6 Tuttle wasn’t a basketball star, rather he was a leader of the Cougars men’s volleyball team.
The Flash picked former North Carolina State forward Brandon Costner with their first pick. Tuttle, 25, attended Utah’s open tryout and a national D-League tryout in Virginia. By the eighth round, the Flash decided to take a chance on Tuttle, making him the 121st player selected.
Flash president Drew Sellers acknowledged it’s rare for a professional basketball team to draft a player who played a different college sport, but said Tuttle could be a good role player. He said he is athletic and can box out and set good screens.
“He has a decent shot, decent understanding of the game, and the Development League is all about developing talent,” Sellers said.
Tuttle, 25, lettered for two years in basketball at Oak Ridge High School in California.
Costner left N.C. State after his junior year to declare for the 2009 NBA Draft, but went undrafted and spent last season playing in Belgium. He averaged 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in three years with the Wolfpack. Fazekas was among four former NBA Draft picks selected Monday.
Former Nevada star Nick Fazekas, a second-round pick of the Dallas Mavericks in 2007, was selected first overall by the Reno Bighorns in the D-League draft. He was one of four former NBA draft picked selected in Monday’s draft.