D-League Pre-Draft Camp
The NBA Development League, the official minor
league of the National Basketball Association, will hold its annual
pre-draft camp at the Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee, Ga., from June
27-29. The three-day camp is a combination of individual skill-based drills
and five-on-five games that enables participants to showcase their skills
in front of NBA D-League front office and team personnel with the hopes of
gaining eligibility for the D-League Draft in November.
"Pre-Draft camp provides players with a tremendous opportunity to
demonstrate their abilities to team and league officials,” said Chris
Alpert, Vice President for D-League Basketball Operations and Player
Personnel. “It allows our teams to evaluate top-notch talent in a highly
Following last year’s camp in Dallas, 33 players signed D-League contracts
with 14 of those players seeing significant playing time this past season.
Headlining that group were, Ivan Johnson and Michael Cuffee who notched
double figures in scoring this past year.
Johnson, a 6-8 forward from Cal State San Bernardino, appeared in 45 games
(20 starts) for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Anaheim Arsenal,
averaging 13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Johnson, who recorded
10 point-rebound double-doubles, earned All-NBA Development League
Honorable Mention accolades. A 6-5 guard from Middle Tennessee State,
Cuffee played in 46 games (28 starts) for the Utah Flash and Bakersfield
Jam. He scored in double figures 28 times, finishing his first D-League
campaign with averages of 10.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Players wishing to participate in this year’s camp must be 18 years old and
meet D-League eligibility requirements. The application for the camp,
player release and eligibility forms can be downloaded from the league’s
official website, www.d-league.com. Those completed forms along with a $500
money order need to be received in the League office by June 2. The
participation fee includes lodging for two nights, transportation between
the hotel and gym for the games and a uniform. All materials must be
received by the deadline and completed in their entirety for the player to
be considered for participation in the camp. The camp will be limited to