The Armor drafted seven players Friday night just before the Heat game, with team personnel manning a conference call among the D-League's 17 teams. The two best known out of a group of lesser knowns were Maurice Hubbard, a 6'9" power forward out of Angelo State, and Paul Sturgess, a towering 7'8" Briton who's played for the Harlem Globetrotters. The Armor traded one of its returning players, Damien
"We are excited about the talent and competition this crop of players will bring to training camp in Springfield," said Milton Lee, Nets GM of Minor League Operations. "We drafted seven players tonight that we expect to make our team better on the floor."
The Armor drafted Hubbard with their first selection, the third selection in the third round of the draft. Hubbard brings both NBA D-League and overseas experience to Springfield.
Ten picks later, the Armor took the British giant. Sturgess played college ball at Mountain State and is both the tallest college player in NCAA history and the tallest professional player. Examinations as a teenager revealed that his growth is healthy and not the result of disorder. Rather he possesses familial tall stature—that is to say his height is genetic. His biological father is 6'9" and there are other tall members in his family.
Others taken in the draft include Joevan Catron, 6'6" forward out of Oregon; Tahj Tate, 6'4" guard out of Delaware State; Quinn McDowell, a 6'6" swingman out of William & Mary; Brian Addison, a 6'9" center out of Buffalo; and Bruce Massey, a 6'3" guard out of Middle Tennessee.
Earlier in the day, the Armor traded their first round pick and Damien Sanders to Delaware, the 76ers new D-League affiliate. In return the Armor receive Delaware’s first round and third round selections in the 2014 draft along with the returning player rights to UConn alum Jerome Dyson.
Training camp starts next Friday.
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