NBA D-League Select returns to Samsung NBA Summer League

NEW YORK – The NBA Development League today announced the 14-man roster that will compete in Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas.  Comprised of top NBA D-League prospects, the team will tip off its seventh campaign in Las Vegas on Friday, July 8 in a matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The team will also face the Milwaukee Bucks (July 10, 4:30 p.m. ET) and the Houston Rockets (July 11, 6 p.m. ET) before being seeded in a tournament that tips off on Wednesday, July 13.

Quinn Cook (Canton Charge), the 2015-16 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, and 2016 NBA D-League Champion Jabril Trawick (Sioux Falls Skyforce) headline the Select Team roster, which includes players from 12 NBA D-League teams.  NBA veteran Patrick Christopher (Iowa Energy) and 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Tu Holloway (Texas Legends) are also set to compete for the Select Team in Las Vegas.  Additionally, Chinese Basketball Association player and NBA D-League prospect Ge Zhaobao (Shanxi Shongyu) will join the Select Team’s roster.

Austin Spurs head coach Ken McDonald will serve as the Select Team’s head coach.  Dean Cooper (Salt Lake City Stars) and Derrick Alston (Westchester Knicks) will assist McDonald on the sidelines in Las Vegas.  McDonald led the Spurs to a 30-20 record last season, the best mark in the Southwest Division.

The Select team owns a 16-15 all-time record at Samsung NBA Summer League.  Its appearance in Las Vegas follows the NBA D-League’s 15th season, during which an all-time high 68 NBA players were assigned a record 321 times to their NBA D-League affiliate and 32 NBA D-League players earned 42 GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA.  At the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season, almost 40 percent of players had NBA D-League experience.

The 2016 NBA D-League Select roster and game schedule are below.  

NO   PLAYER                      POS   HT         WT      BORN           COLLEGE/COUNTRY    NBA D-LEAGUE TEAM          NBA EXP

23     Patrick Christopher     G        6-5         209       6/3/1988       California/USA                   Iowa Energy                          1
11     Quinn Cook                  G        6-2         179       3/23/1993    Duke/USA                            Canton Charge                      —
32     Nnanna Egwu               C         6-11       250     10/22/1992  Illinois/Nigeria                    Erie BayHawks                      —
10     Brandon Fields            G        6-4         195       8/13/1988    Nevada/USA                        Austin Spurs                           —
17     Reggie Hearn                G        6-5         210       8/14/1991    Northwestern/USA             Reno Bighorns                        —
0       Tu Holloway                G        6-0         190       8/21/1989    Xavier/USA                         Texas Legends                           —
33     Charles Jackson           C         6-10       225       5/22/1993    Tennessee Tech/USA         Delaware 87ers                        —
9       Jaron Johnson              F         6-6         205       5/5/1992       Louisiana Tech/USA          Rio Grande Valley Vipers       —
2       Verdell Jones               G        6-5         185       6/25/1989    Indiana/USA                        Santa Cruz Warriors                —
5       Juvonte Reddic            F         6-9         250       5/23/1992    VCU/USA                             Canton Charge                          —
55     Jabril Trawick              F         6-6         215       6/17/1992    Georgetown/USA                Sioux Falls Skyforce                  —
8       Joel Wright                   F         6-7         225       1/14/1990    Texas State/USA                 Northern Arizona Suns             —
6       Talib Zanna                  F         6-9         230       10/1/1990    Pittsburgh/Nigeria               Oklahoma City Blue                 —
35     Ge Zhaobao                  F         7-0         231       1/15/1992       China                                            —                                       —

Head Coach: Ken McDonald (Austin)
Assistant Coaches: Dean Cooper (Salt Lake City), Derrick Alston (Westchester)
Athletic Trainer: Brady Howe (Salt Lake City), Jonathan Mak (Northern Arizona)

NBA D-League Select Schedule (all times ET):

DATE                   OPPONENT         TIME                    LOCATION
July 8                   Memphis              6:30 p.m.              Thomas & Mack
July 10                 Milwaukee          4:30 p.m.              Thomas & Mack
July 11                 Houston                6 p.m.                          Cox

About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 22 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2015-16 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on