2010 Utah Flash Draft Class

Last night was the annual draft for the NBA development league. A few notable players were drafted, including Reno’s selection of Nick Fazekas and the Idaho Stampede‘s selection of Salim Stoudamire (cousin to Damon).

Last year’s success story of Sundiata Gaines is evidence that the D-League is, in fact, growing into a legitimate source for upcoming talent. Particularly when NBA players get injured, teams are turning to the D-League more and more to fill roles – opening day rosters featured a total of 63 NBA players who had previously played in the D-League.

With that in mind, here is this year’s Utah Flash draft class.

Round 1 – Brandon Costner, NC State (2006-2009)
Forward, 6-9
Stats: 101 G, 12.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.0 APG

Profile: Far and away, his best season was 2006-2007, having played 36 games and scored 605 points (4th in the ACC that season) from a shooting percentage of .592 (7th) and earning a 7.3 RPG average (6th) while also notching 26 blocks and 64 assists.

Round 2 – Nkem Ojougboh,  Northeastern (2008-2010)
Center, 6-9
Stats: 124 G, 8.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG

Profile: His two best seasons were both at Northeastern (2007-08 and 2009-10) where he averaged 9.9 and 9.2 PPG, 6.4 and 7.2 RPG and 0.9 and 2.3 BPG respectively.

His field goal percentage improved each year of his collegiate career, finishing up at .555 last season. His blocks ranked 4th best in the Colonial Athletic Association. His total number of rebounds last season (238) ranked 6th in the conference while his rebounds per game average (7.2) ranked 7th.

Round 3 – D’Andre Bell, Georgia Tech (2006-2010)
Guard, 6-6
Stats: 124 G, 4.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.3 APG

Profile: He missed the entire 2008-09 season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a congenital condition. He successfully underwent a surgery to correct the condition in Dec 2008.

Bell came back and played every game in the 2009-2010 season, earning the role of co-captain. He averaged 6.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 1.6 APG while shooting .422 from the field. Bell is particularly skilled on the defensive end, where he’s scouted to be capable against 1s, 2s, and 3s.

He is the recipient of the Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage award from the ACC in 2010 and was a finalist for the V Foundation Comeback Award.

Round 4 – Darren Kent, Kansas St. (2006-2009)
Forward, 6-11
Stats: 96 G, 4.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.9 APG

Profile: Played last season for the Quimper UJAP of the France ProB league, averaging 5.0 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 1.0 APG. At K-State, Kent’s best year was 2008-09, where he averaged 9.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.3 APG.

He is known as a good shot blocker and outside threat for his size. Several scouts think he needs to add bulk if he’d like to advance his career.

Round 5 – Ricky Shields, Rutgers (2002-2005)
Guard, 6-4
Stats: 121 G, 13.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.0 APG

Profile: Shields finished his collegiate career as the 8th all-time leading scorer in Rutgers history with 1,579 points. He is also the all-time Rutgers leader in three-point field goals made (265) and three-point field goals attempted (742).

He attended training camp for the New Jersey Nets in 2005. Since, he’s bounced around various leagues in Europe, averaging 15.5 PPG with Krka Movo Mesto of Slovenia and 10.9 PPG with Helios Domzale of the Adriatic League and Premier A Slovenian League last year.

Round 6 – Carlos Medlock, East Michigan (2006-2010)
Guard, 6-0
Stats: 110 G, 14.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.6 APG

Profile: Medlock became the starting point guard for the Eagles in his first game of his freshman year. This then, he has scored in double figurers 58 times, and 20 or more in 18 games.

He missed the entire 2008-09 season with a broken foot. This after haven been chosen as a preseason member of the All-MAC West Division first-team.

2009-10 was his best season, averaging 16.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 3.8 APG while leading the Eagles to a 17-15 season, finishing 2nd in the MAC.

Round 7 – Amadou Mbodji, Jacksonville St. (2007-2010)
Forward, 6-10
Stats: 103 G, 5.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 0.5 APG

Profile: Not known as a scoring threat, Mbodji’s principle strength lays in being an interior force. He averaged 5.3 RPG (8th in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2009-10) and 1.8 BPG (3rd)  in 19.7 minutes during the 2009-10 season.

Round 8 – Kent Tuttle, BYU
6-6 Guard(?)
Stats: (No Collegiate Stats)

Profile: So here’s an interesting story. With the 8th pick in the D-League draft, the Utah Flash grabbed the leader of the BYU Men’s Volleyball team. Tuttle played basketball for two years at Oak Ridge High School in California.

~ by djepperson on November 2, 2010.

2 Responses to “2010 Utah Flash Draft Class”

  1. nice post. keep the DLeague post comming & we’ll be back

  2. Will do. Looking forward to a good season!

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