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Former college standouts Rysheed Jordan of St. John's and David Laury of Iona were both chosen by the Delaware 87ers in Saturday's NBA D-League Draft.

The 87ers are the affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sevens, as they are known, took Jordan with the No. 5 pick and Laury at No. 8 .

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman are back with an all-new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. First up, UNLV associate head coach Ryan Miller calls in to talk Stephen Zimmerman, the upcoming season, and their alumni in the NBA. Then, Brian Coleman of the Sports U AAU program joins the show to discuss his "Fab Five" group of prospects and their joint offer from Seton Hall. Later, Adam and Josh look at the names heading to the NBA D-League this year, talk about the scandal surrounding the AmeriLeague, and wrap the show with a full recruiting roundup.

1st Quarter: Ryan Miller (01:20)

2nd Quarter: Brian Coleman (09:30)

3rd Quarter: D-League & AmeriLeague (16:00)

4th Quarter: Recruiting Round Up (24:15)

Tags: 4 Quarters Podcast, Brian Coleman, NBA D-League, Recruiting Roundup, Ryan Miller, Stephen Zimmerman, Adam Zagoria, Josh Newman
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Anthony Bennett, the struggling No. 1 pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, says he would be open to going to the D-League to work on his game.

?It?s something I?d think about, for sure,? Bennett told the Akron Beacon Journal this week. ?It?s not a bad thing, especially going down there, hopefully playing a lot, going out there, building my confidence.?

Bennett is averaging just 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds for the Cavs and is on the verge of being considered a bust.

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The man they call "The Crimestopper" was chosen?by the Delaware 87ers in the third round of the NBA D-League Draft, but has much bigger goals for the future.

Like the other 180-odd players in tonight's draft, 5-foot-6?Aquille Carr's ultimate goal is to play in the NBA.

"Yeah, that's his goal, man," Carr's agent, Johnny Foster, told SNY.tv Friday by phone. "You know how that is. That's any players goal, man, to try to do that so that's one of his main goals."

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Former Seton Hall pledge Aquille Carr is headed to the NBA D-League.

Johnny Foster, Carr's agent, told DLeague Digest.com that Carr has ?signed a D-League contract for the upcoming draft [Nov. 1]?

?It was his decision to play in the D-League, and to develop in order to get ready for next year?s NBA draft," he said.

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This year, 26 players from the 2012 NBA Draft class have been assigned to the NBA D-League, including the following 11 first-round picks.

Of this group, only Miles Plumlee was a four-year college player.

For more on this phenomenon, read my story here.

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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK ? The Nets went back to the future by signing Damion Jones to a 10-day contract. After being selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, James?selected by the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Nets?spent two years with the club before his third year rookie option was declined.

James began this NBA season as a member of the NBDL's Bakersfield Jam. He averaged 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game. Having seemingly proven himself on the NBA's smaller stage, the Nets opted to sign James to a 10-day contract and give him the 15th and final roster spot that was opened up when the club waived Josh Childress back on Dec. 29.

Tags: bakersfield jam, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Columns, d-league, damion james, gerald wallace, injuries, james, NBA, Nets, nets, pj carlesimo
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Remember all those Kentucky players chosen in last year's NBA Draft?

Six of them altogether.

Well, three of them are now in the NBA D-League after the Milwaukee Bucks sent Doron Lamb down to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday.

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Friday was a tough day for former Cats and Huskies as Terrence Jones, Daniel Orton and Jeremy Lamb were all assigned to the NBA D-League.

The 6-foot-9 Jones was selected by the Houston Rockets with the No. 18 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of national champion Kentucky, one of six Wildcats drafted.

He rejoins the Rio Grande Valley Vipers following a two-game stint there earlier this season in which he averaged 22.5 points and 17.5 boards. He played in eight games with the Rockets, averaging 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.

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The Charlotte Bobcats have signed former UConn forward Jeff Adrien, who is expected to join the team today and be available for Monday's game against Golden State.

In order to make room for Adrien, Rod Higgins, the Bobcats' president for basketball operations, said the team had waived his son, Cory Higgins, in his second season with the team.

The 6-foot-7 Adrien has appeared in five games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging team-highs of 17.6 points and 11.2 rebounds. He led the team in scoring in two of the team's five games.

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When Jeremy Lamb,?Kendall Marshall, John Jenkins and Perry Jones?heard NBA Commissioner David Stern call their names during the NBA Draft last June, they probably didn't expect this bump in the road.

On Thursday, Lamb, out of UConn, and Marshall, from North Carolina, were among the latest in a parade of ?2012 draft picks sent to the NBA D-League.

On Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks assigned both?Jenkins, the No. 23 pick in the draft out of Vanderbilt, and?Mike Scott?of Virginia, the No. 43 pick, to the D-League.

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Three former Northeast college stars are headed to the NBA D-League.

The Houston Rockets on Wednesday assigned former Iona point guard Scott Machado to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers., their D-League affiliate.

Undrafted out of Iona in 2012, Machado appeared in six preseason games with the Rockets, averaging 3.5 points, 5.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 13.5 minutes.

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The New Orleans Hornets have sent second-year guard Xavier Henry to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Henry has appeared in 24 games for the Hornets this season, averaging 5.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 14.3 minutes. ?In his 62-game NBA career, he has averaged 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 14.0 minutes.

Originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 12th?overall pick of ?the 2010 NBA Draft, Henry joined the Hornets as part of a three-team trade on Jan. 4.

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NEW YORK -- Lance Thomas admits there were times last year when he wondered if he would ever make it to the NBA from the D-League.

"I just knew I had to work that much harder to basically show I can play at this level," the Brooklyn-born Thomas told SNY.tv Friday night at Madison Square Garden before the New Orleans Hornets snapped the Knicks' seven-game winning streak, 89-85.

"So I did everything in my power. I got stronger, I improved a lot on my offensive game. I even improved more on the defensive end. I just found a way."

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GREENBURGH, N.Y.?-- Before about a week ago, the Erie (Pa.) BayHawks' most famous alumnus was?Ivan Johnson, a rookie forward now averaging 5.5 points a game with the Atlanta Hawks.

"We had Ivan Johnson last year," Erie coach?Jay Larranaga?told SNY.tv Monday during a phone interview. "He's been a pretty big story for the Hawks who we're very proud of as well."

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The Memphis Grizzlies on Monday assigned former Kansas guard Josh Selby to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

The 6-foot-2 Selby appeared in 18 games for the Grizzlies this season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.4 assists on 39 percent shooting in 10.3 minutes

After one season at Kansas, Selby was originally selected 49th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 games at Kansas.

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Rafer Alston may be the only high school basketball coach competing in the NBA D-League.

Alston, 35, is taking a break from coaching Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center in order to get his own playing career back on track.

"I'm just trying to open eyes again and let people know I still got a lot in the tank and just compete," Alston, now with the LA Defenders, told SNY.tv in his first interview since returning to the pros.

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As reported earlier today on my Twitter, former NBA point guard Rafer "Skip to My Lou" Alston is attempting a comeback and could be in the NBA D-League by Friday.

"He has to get picked up and he gets cleared for the NBDL Friday at 1 p.m.," a source close to Alston told SNY.tv.

Alston, 35, had been coaching at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center, but is apparently attempting to return to the NBA. The former Queens Cardozo and streetball star last played with the Nets and Miami Heat during the 2009-10 season.

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Former New Jersey school boy star Derrick Caracter has made a few stops during his basketball career.

Now he's headed to the NBA D-League.

The Lakers on Wednesday assigned the 6-foot-9 Caracter to their D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles Defenders.

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With the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft, the Los Angeles D-Fenders selected NBA veteran Jamaal Tinsley.

A former first-round NBA Draft pick,?Tinsley spent eight seasons with the Pacers and Grizzlies.

?I?m humble and blessed for this opportunity,? Tinsley said.

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Former Rutgers star Hamady N'Diaye is the latest NBA player sent to the NBA D-League.

"I feel great about it," N'Diaye's agent, Keith Glass, said by text. "It will give him a chance to play. It's a great opportunity while still being the property of Washington. The best of both worlds."

The 7-foot, 235-pound N'Diaye has appeared in four games this season with the Washington Wizards. He was selected in the second round (56th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and was acquired by Washington in a draft-night swap.

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The Big East named Louisville guard Peyton Siva and DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin the winners of the conference's weekly men's basketball honors for the week ending Dec. 26.

Siva was named Big East Player of the Week. In Louisville?s only game of the week, Siva poured in 29 points and dished eight assists in a 114-82 victory at Western Kentucky.? He shot 8-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range.? For the year, Siva, who hails from Seattle, Wash., is averaging 12.1 points, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals.? His steals average is third in the Big East.

Melvin, who was named Big East Rookie of the Week led the Blue Demons to a 71-62 win over Florida Atlantic by scoring 23 points and grabbing four rebounds.? He outscored FAU 13-12 in the first 11 minutes of the game.? Melvin, a native of Baltimore, Md., has reached double figures in his last five games.? For the season, he is averaging 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds.

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Charlotte Bobcats guard Sherron Collins is the latest NBA player sent to the NBA Development League.

The former Kansas star was assigned to the Maine Red Claws, Charlotte?s D-League affiliate, where he will join former Syracuse star Paul Harris and former Oklahoma standout Tiny Gallon.

The assignment marks the 17th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate.

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NEW YORK -- Shawne Williams was the 15th man on the Knicks roster out of training camp.

After sitting for most of the early portion of the season, the 6-foot-9 former Memphis star has now become a go-to guy for head coach Mike D'Antoni, especially in the fourth quarter.

Williams is averaging 13.3 points in his last three games and is 10 of 12 from beyond the arc.

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NEW YORK -- Avery Johnson never played in the NBA D-League, but he sure likes its potential.

Johnson, the Nets head coach, recently helped demote 2009 first-round NBA Draft pick Terrence Williams to the Springfield Armor of the D-League and thinks it's a good place for young players to evolve.

"If a guy is going to play 6 or 8 minutes a game, why not?" Johnson said Tuesday before the Knicks beat the Nets, 111-100, at Madison Square Garden. "I think it's a great tool, sometimes even if it's just for a week."

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The flurry of NBA players sent packing to the D-League keeps on coming.

Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside, who has ties to Newark East Side High School and Greenburgh, N.Y., was sent to the Reno Bighorns on Monday.

Whiteside, the No. 33 pick in this year's draft, is the ninth NBA player on assignment to the D-League this season, joining 2009 first-round picks Terrence Williams and Christian Eyenga; 2010 first-round picks Cole Aldrich, Patrick Patterson and Ed Davis; and 2010 second-round picks Dexter Pittman, Solomon Alabi and Gani Lawal.

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Nets second-year guard Terrence Williams and Miami Heat rookie center Dexter Pittman are the latest NBA players to be sent down to the NBA D-League.

Williams and Pittman join Cole Aldrich, Patrick Patterson, Gani Lawal, Solomon Alabi, Christian Eyenga and Ed Davis among NBA players on assignment this season.

That makes eight all together and is well ahead of the pace for last year, when the eighth player wasn't assigned until Dec. 15. A year ago, 24 players were assigned 42 total times.

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