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Sevens Choose Darin Johnson, Three Others In 2017 G-League Draft

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On Saturday, Delaware selected four players to join Emeka Okafor, Jacob Pullen and James Michael McAdoo on the Sevens.

NCAA Basketball: CSU Northridge at UCLA Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

With their first selection in Saturday's G-League Draft, the Delaware 87ers drafted shooting guard Darin Johnson with the 12th overall pick.

Johnson began his collegiate career with the Washington Huskies in 2013, but transferred to Cal State-Northridge following his sophomore season. As a junior (2016-17), the 6-5 Johnson averaged 13.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and nearly 37 percent from beyond the arc.

Delaware used its second pick on 29-year-old guard Tyshawn Abbott, who spent last year with AE Doxa Lefkadas of the Greek Basketball League. Before an extensive international career, Abbott earned All-Pac-12 honors in both 2010 and 2011 as a member of the Arizona State Sun Devils.

With their final selections, the Sevens used their two third-round picks on Southern New Hampshire forward Devin Gilligan (6-5, 220) and Creighton guard Isaiah Zierden (6-2, 175). As a senior, Gilligan - an NABC Division II All-American choice - averaged 20.2 PPG and 6.8 RPG while shooting nearly 58 percent from the field and better than 45 percent from three-point range. Meanwhile, Zierden finished his four-year career with the Blue Jays shooting better than 41 percent from beyond the arc as a senior (2016-17).

There were several other draft picks of note on Saturday:

  • The Northern Arizona Suns used the first overall pick on 6-11 center Eric Stuteville. The former Sacramento State star played with the Kings in the 2017 NBA Summer League.
  • Brandon Austin didn't do much during his Summer League stint with the Sixers, but impressed the Reno Bighorns enough for them to choose him with the No. 2 pick.
  • Northern Arizona also snagged former 87er Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson with the 6th overall pick. In the second round, Steve Weingarten - another Big 5 product who spent time with Delaware - was drafted by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
  • Two picks after the Weingarten selection, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers selected former Sixer Tony Wroten who may or may not have started #TrustTheProcess, but definitely originated #TeamWHOP.

The 87ers begin training camp on Tuesday, October 24 and kick off the regular season on November 3 with a road game against the Maine Red Claws. On November 6, Delaware opens its home slate against the Westchester Knicks at 7:00 PM.