I’ll be live chatting on NBA.com from the Utah Flash D-League draft party today at Noah’s in Lindon. Stop by and say hello.
The Flash will have the rare luxury of having a veteran team this season. I’m looking forward to good stuff from newcomer Ryan Thompson as well as new head coach Kevin Young and assistants Gene Cross and Norm DeSilva. Besides Thompson, the team should be very excited about the return of Kevin Kruger, fresh of a stint in Mexico.
The press release:
PROVO, Utah, Oct. 31, 2010 – Nine players, including returners Brian Hamilton, Kevin Kruger, Jordan Brady, Orien Greene, Andre Ingram and Dontell Jefferson, will join eight players selected by the Utah Flash in Monday’s annual NBA Development League Draft when training camp opens Nov. 9 at APX Alarm Headquarters in Orem.
Utah Jazz training camp invite Ryan Thompson has signed to play in the NBA D-League and will play for the Utah Flash along with Atlanta Hawks training camp invite Evan Brock. Thompson played for Rider University for four season averaging 17 points and five rebounds per game. Thompson was the only player in Rider University history to be in the top ten in points, rebounds and assists. Brock graduated from the University of Alabama and has played professionally in South Korea and Venezuela.
The Utah Flash have also invited guard Terry Martin to training camp. Martin was selected from an open tryout. He played at LSU and has played professionally in Austria.
“I feel good about the mix of players we have coming to training camp,” said head coach Kevin Young. “With the veteran group we have returning, and the players we’re looking to pick up in the draft, we could be a very good team this year.”
The Flash will hold its 2010 NBA D-League Draft Party at Noah’s Reception Center in Lindon beginning at 5 p.m. MT Monday. The entire draft will be audio streamed live on d-league.com. The public is invited to attend and observe how a professional basketball team is built, as well as enjoy free 5 Buck Pizza and drinks compliment of Pepsi. The Flash have the eighth selection in the first round of the serpentine formatted draft.
The Flash opens its season Nov. 20 by visiting the Reno Bighorns. The home opener is set for Dec. 3 when the Austin Toros visit the UCCU Center in Orem. Tickets can be purchased by calling 801-434-HOOP.