NBA dreams for over 100 players were given an extra boost on Sunday in the annual NBA Development League Draft.
Anthony Brown from Stanford went No. 1 overall to the Erie Bayhawks, but mid-major players were prominent throughout, led by Jaleel Roberts. The former UNC-Asheville center was taken No. 2 overall by the Santa Cruz Warriors, with hopes of eventually joining the defending Western Conference champions.
Roberts played in the NBA Summer League the last two seasons and in Australia last year. In four seasons with the Bulldogs, Roberts averaged 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Blue took former Conference USA Player of the Year Alex Hamilton from Louisiana Tech third overall, with Austin Peay’s Chris Horton going to Grand Rapids fifth.
Out of 22 first-round picks, 11 were from non-major conferences.
Other notable mid-major players to be selected include all-name team candidate Max Hooper from Oakland (16th overall to Westchester), TJ Price from Western Kentucky (17th to Rio Grande Valley), and Marcus Posely from St. Bonaventure (44th overall to Sioux Falls).
The full draft board can be found here.