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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Breaking Down D-League Rosters Pt. 6 : Idaho Stampede

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 trades on Monday which lead to today's current rosters.  In part six of this series I'll be taking a look at this year's Idaho Stampede.


Idaho will represent the Portland Trail Blazers this season and look to improve upon their 7th place Western Conference finish from a year ago.  They secured the 3rd overall pick in this year's draft and selected former Orlando Magic forward Justin Harper.  Harper was a casualty of the new regime this season.  He had a stellar career at Richmond where he averaged 17.9 pts & 6.9 reb as a senior on his way to an A-10 All-Conference 1st Team selection.  He was picked 32nd overall in the 2011 NBA draft by Cleveland and traded to Orlando for two future 2nd round picks.  He played nine games in France with Strasbourg during the lockout and returned to find playing time hard to come by where he appeared in just 14 NBA games.

3rd overall pick Justin Harper
4 players return this year including the 3rd consecutive run with the Stampede for Oregon State wing Seth Tarver.  Tarver was named 2010 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and has played the entirety of his pro career in the D-League with Idaho.  Last season he averaged 11.3 pts & 4.7 reb in 45 games.  He has signed three NBA training camp contracts in consecutive seasons, 2010 & 2011 w/ Portland & 2012 w/ Minnesota, but has yet to make a regular season roster.  Illinois-Chicago forward Paul Carter also returns.  He had averages of 10.8 pts & 5.4 reb in 34 games last year.  He attended summer league with Atlanta and spent training camp in Israel with Maccabi Rishon.  A pair of local Boise State products are back as well.  Reginald Larry played in 45 games with Idaho last year after being quite the world traveler.  Basketball has brought him to such places as Brunei, Macedonia, Australia and the Phillippines.  Jason Ellis played in just 5 games for the team last season.  He was a member of the Stampede in 2007 & 2008 before moving to Europe with stints in Switzerland & Holland.

Seth Tarver is back
Coby Karl enters the fold this season.  He has 24 games of NBA experience with his most recent chance coming from Golden State in 2010.  The son of Nuggets coach George Karl played in the D-League with L.A. in 2007-08 & Idaho in 2008-09.  Last year he played in Italy with Montegranaro before joining Minnesota in summer league and Portland during training camp.  Another player with NBA ties is University of Washington product Justin Holiday.  The brother of the 76ers Jrue Holiday played for Aalstar in Belgium last year.  He spent summer league with Cleveland and saw time in training camp with both Cleveland & Portland.  Durrell Summers comes to Idaho via trade that cost next season's 3rd round pick as well as this season's 8th round pick Harouna Mutombo.  Summers graduated from Michigan State in 2011 and spent training camp that season with the Charlotte Bobcats.  He went on to play 12 games with the Maine Red Claws before heading to 2nd division French team Boulogne.  Former Ohio State forward Dallas Lauderdale arrives after training camp with Portland and summer league with Golden State.  He spent his rookie season in Poland with PGE Turow.

Coby Karl returns
Idaho didn't have a second round pick this year and opted for San Diego State rookie Garrett Green in the 3rd round.  Green spent 3 years at LSU before moving to SDSU and spent summer league with the Lakers. 4th round pick Hank Thorns averaged 13.5 pts & 4.6 ast as a senior at TCU last season.  The point guard played in the summer league with Memphis and in training camp with the Clippers.  Former St. John's product Sean Evans was tabbed in round 5.  He spent last season in Germany's top division with Goettingen where he averaged 9.2 pts & 6.5 reb per contest.  6th round pick Jai Lucas adds more NBA bloodlines as his father John Lucas II was the 1st overall pick in the NBA draft in 1976 while his brother John III currently plays for the Raptors.  Jai ended his college career at Texas with one remaining year of eligibility and opted to start his pro career in Latvia with Valmiera where he put up 16.0 pts & 4.2 ast per game.  7th round pick Malik Alvin bounced around different colleges before settling down with division two Shaw University.  In his senior season last year he averaged 19.6 pts per game and shot 51.5% from 3 point range.

Point guard Hank Thorns
Idaho also bring in three playoffs from tryouts.  Darren Cooper has played in the D-League since 2007 and spent 10 games with Maine last year before moving to the Portland Chinooks of the IBL.  His teammate at Portland was Jared Cunningham who averaged 19.5 pts & 8.5 rebs in his 21 games there.  Not to be confused with the Mavs player, this Jared played college at Cumberland.  Last, but not least, is Brent Jennings.  He made Reno's training camp off of a tryout last year but failed to make the team's final cut.  He went on to play with Atlanta teams in both the UBA & WBA throughout the year.

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