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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Breaking Down D-League Rosters Pt. 16 : Tulsa 66ers

November 2nd marked the 2012 D-League draft while each team also released their training camp rosters a few days earlier.  Teams can currently carry 17 players on their training camp rosters.  That number will be whittled down to 10 by November 21st at 5pm eastern time.  There were a bevy of post-draft trades which lead to today's current rosters.  In part sixteen of this series I'll be taking a look at this year's Tulsa 66ers.

Tulsa has been the sole affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder since the 2008-09 season.  They finished last season 6th in the Western Conference.  OKC allocated two players from this season's training camp, the first of which is Andy Rautins.  Rautins played 5 games for the Knicks in 2010-11 after being drafted 38th overall out of Syracuse.  He was sent to Dallas in the Tyson Chandler trade before being waived during training camp.  He spent last season in Spain with Alicante where he averaged 7.3 pts in 17 games.  The second player is rookie small forward Hollis Thompson.  Thompson went undrafted after his junior year when he averaged 12.8 pts & 5.5 reb.

Guard Andy Rautins
Three players return from last year's team beginning with Brady Morningstar.  The guard was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team as a senior at Kansas in 2011.  He averaged 9.6 points in 48 games for Tulsa during his rookie season.  Center Brian Barkdoll played 29 games in a reserve role for Tulsa last season as a rookie.  Barkdoll returns for his second year after averaging 13.7 pts & 8.4 reb for NAIA school Northwest Nazarene.  Will Creekmore graduated from Missouri State in 2011 before beginning his career with 2nd division German team Ehingen.  He was claimed from the player pool by Tulsa and went on to play 9 games for the club at the end of the year.  St. Joe's guard Garrett Williamson returns to Tulsa after spending last season as Will Creekmore's teammate with Ehingen.  He played 30 D-League games as a rookie with both Austin & Tulsa.  Anthony Vereen joins the team after being traded from Texas.  He graduated from Texas-Arlington in 2009 and played overseas in Spain, Finland & China before averaging 9.7 pts & 4.2 reb in 50 games with the Legends.

G'Town rookie Hollis Thompson
Tulsa used the 6th overall selection in this year's draft to select rookie small forward Dominique Sutton.  Sutton spent 3 years at Kansas State before averaging 16.4 pts & 7.4 reb for North Carolina Central in his senior season.  He attended summer league with Orlando before trying out with Euroleague French team Chalon.  The 66ers had a pair of 2nd round picks and used the first on seven-foot rookie Travis Hyman.  Hyman averaged 10.1 pts, 8.6 reb & 2.9 blk for division two Bowie State earning CIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors for the 2nd time in 3 years.  Point guard Tony Taylor was selected next.  The rookie out of George Washington averaged 13.1 pts & 4.3 ast in his senior season.  Forward Ron Anderson was selected in round 4.  Anderson spent two years at Kansas State before transferring to South Florida where he averaged 6.9 pts & 5.4 reb last year.  5th round pick Rodney Bartholomew graduated from Indiana Tech where he put up 17.5 pts & 11.4 reb.  The power forward was named NAIA 1st Team All-American and the WHAC Player of the Year Award.

6th overall pick Dominique Sutton
In the 7th round, Tulsa selected the 2011 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year small forward Ayron Hardy.  After 12.3 & 6.2 reb in his senior season with Jacksonville, Hardy joined the British BBL for his rookie campaign. He averaged 14.9 pts, 8.3 reb, 5.2 ast & 2.7 stl for the Leicester Riders on his way to being named to the BBL Team of the Year & the BBL Defensive Team of the Year.  8th round pick Isaiah Wilkerson is a rookie guard from N.J.I.T. who earned GWC Player of the Year honors by averaging 16.2 pts & 6.6 reb last season.

Ayron Hardy w/ Leicester
The 66ers also sport a pair of tryout players.  5'10" guard and 2-time NAIA 1st Team All-American James Justice is best known for his 52" vertical leap that helped him win the 2012 college dunk award.  He averaged 17.2 pts, 4.7 ast & 2.9 stl for Martin Methodist in his senior season.  2011 Kansas grad Mario Little spent his rookie year in Ukraine with DniproAzot where the guard averaged 11.8 pts & 6.6 reb.

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