With two of the top eight picks in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft, the Delaware 87ers were well-positioned to add a couple of high-profile talents to their roster. And when the dust settled, the team did just that: Two of the Sevens' first three selections are former McDonald's All-Americans - Rysheed Jordan and Myck Kabongo - who figure to make things rather interesting down in Newark this season.
Jordan and Kabongo will garner most of the attention as the 87ers head into training camp next week, but here's a look at all seven players selected by Delaware on Saturday:
1) Rysheed Jordan, 6-4, G, St. John's (1st round, 5th overall): It's a homecoming of sorts for Jordan, a Philly-born guard who spent the past two seasons with the St. John's Red Storm. Jordan averaged 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists during his two years in Queens, but the 6-4 guard never quite lived up to the expectations placed upon him as a consensus top-50 recruit coming out of high school.
Jordan considered turning pro prior to last June's NBA Draft. However, by the time he ultimately decided to return to St. John's, he missed his finals and was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester.
Since Jordan has never gone through the NBA Draft process, he cannot be called up (read: signed) by an NBA team this season.
2) David Laury, 6-9, F, Iona/Yesilgiresun Belediye (1st round, 8th overall): As a senior for the Iona Gaels last season, the 6-9 Laury averaged 19.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game, en route to winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Player of the Year award. Laury finished 8th in the nation in double-doubles in 2014-15 (16), and he even showed some range to his game, going 27-for-71 from beyond the arc.
In June, the East Orange native signed with Yesilgiresun Belediye in the Turkish Basketball League, so it remains to be seen as to whether or not he'll join the Sevens this season.
3) Myck Kabongo, 6-1, G, Texas (2nd round, 24th overall): Myck Kabongo was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2011, but eligibility issues at the University of Texas led to the point guard receiving a 23-game suspension during his sophomore year. Two months after he was reinstated, Kabongo declared for the 2013 NBA Draft.
After going undrafted, Kabongo spent the 2013-14 campaign in the D-League with the Austin Toros, averaging 9.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. Last season, he split time between the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Texas Legends, averaging 8.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 18 total games. This past summer, Kabongo was a member of the Overseas Elite team that took home the $1 million prize in The Basketball Tournament.
4) Chris Denson, 6-2, G, Auburn/SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (3rd round, 39th overall): After a solid four-year stint at Auburn (19.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.4 APG as a senior), Denson spent 2014-15 with SPM Shoeters Den Bosch in the Dutch Basketball League. Denson (who received All-Star honors last season) finished second on the team in scoring (14.7 PPG) as he helped lead SPM Shoeters Den Bosch to the DBL championship.
5) Ty Greene, 6-3, G, USC Upstate (3rd round, 43rd overall): Greene knocked down 103 three-pointers last season for USC Upstate, placing him first in the Atlantic Sun and ranking him 10th overall in Division I. As a senior, Greene averaged 20.3 PPG in 2014-15, and was a career 37.7 percent shooter from long range. Greene is a highly-regarded defender who finished 18th in the nation in steals last year (2.1 SPG). In April, he was named the Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
6) Alex Harris, 6-1, G, Cal State Fullerton (4th round, 62nd overall): Harris is a playmaking guard who averaged 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals last season for Cal State Fullerton. Harris scored nearly 1,200 points in his three years with the Titans after transferring from Northeastern following the 2010-11 season.
7) Marlin Mason, 6-6, F, Cleveland State (5th round, 81st overall): Mason is a versatile forward who's most known for his defense: He finished among the leaders in the Horizon League in blocks in each of the last three seasons.
UPDATE: Myck Kabongo wasn't a member of the Sevens for long: The Sevens traded his rights and the returning player rights to D.J. Seeley to the Erie Bayhawks for the returning player rights to Peyton Siva and the rights to 6-11 center John Bohannon. Last season, Bohannon averaged 9.0 points and 8.3 rebounds for Erie while playing 24.2 minutes per game. The former UTEP big man also played for the Magic's entry in the Orlando Summer League, averaging 6.2 points and 5.4 rebounds.
UPDATE 2: In a three-team deal, the 87ers traded a 2016 second-round pick and the rights to Gideon Gamble to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the rights to 6-1 guard Gary Talton. In a separate leg of the deal, the Sevens dealt the rights to J.P. Tokoto to the Oklahoma City Blue for a 2016 second-round pick and the rights to former Sixer Rodney Carney.
Talton split time last year between the Mad Ants and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging 13.0 points, 8.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. Per RealGM, the Sixers were reportedly interested in signing Talton midway through last season.
Carney had two separate stints with the Sixers, and has spent the last four seasons playing for various clubs overseas. Tokoto was drafted by the Sixers in June (No. 58 overall), and was one of the final roster cuts prior to the season.
Random Draft Notes:
- The first four picks of the draft were all used on former NBA players. The Idaho Stampede chose Jeff Ayres with the No. 1 overall pick, and the Westchester Knicks followed that up by drafting Jimmer Fredette. The Iowa Energy had both the third and fourth overall picks, and they were used to draft #FutureSixer Perry Jones III and Cartier Martin.
- Former Sixer Rodney Carney (!!!) was selected 13th overall by the Oklahoma City Blue.
- The high-octane Reno Bighorns used their 4th-round pick on Temple alum Mark Tyndale. Tyndale has spent time with a handful of European and D-League teams since graduating from Temple in 2008.
- Two players who previously spent time with the 87ers were selected in this year's draft: Melvin Johnson was chosen by Raptors 905 in the 3rd round while Steve Weingarten was the first pick of the 7th round by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.