The transitional period: Tracking College Stars in the NBA D-League

Yesterday I took in an NBA D-League game between the Springfield Armor (Brooklyn Nets affiliate) and Delaware 87ers (76ers). For those who don’t know, the NBA D-League is the minor league basketball of the NBA.

Yesterday’s game featured two former NC State stars that dominated play at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware. For Delaware it was Lorenzo Brown, who was on assignment with the 87ers. Brown, who was drafted 52nd overall in the past year’s draft by the Timberwolves, scored 18 points in his NBA D-League debut on 6-11 shooting.

His former college teammate, Dennis Horner, was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points as the Armor defeated the 87ers 87-76. Both Horner and Brown have spent some time in the NBA. Horner has bounced back and forth between the Nets and Armor in his two years since leaving Raleigh, where he averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in his senior season. Brown was a three year starter with the Wolfpack and averaged 12.4 points, 7.2 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in his last season.

These NBA D-League games usually feature a lot of scoring with a myriad of high flying dunks and quick paced action so don’t let yesterday’s low scoring affair deter you from checking out a D-League game near you. Some of the other scores around the league yesterday were 129-126 and 128-121 so expect a lot of points for a cheap price.

Some other notable players in yesterday’s game were Gonzaga’s Matt Bouldin, Miami’s Reggie Johnson, and Memphis’s Adonis Thomas. The league’s website,¬†http://www.nba.com/dleague/¬†provides a list of the top 30 prospects in the NBA D-League which changes weekly. At the top of the list is former West Virginia standout Devin Ebanks.

Scott Zolotorow