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D-League Draft next opportunity for Nets to develop players

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It's the other event on the Nets' basketball operations calendar, the D-League Draft.  Starting just before the Heat game, the Draft, a conference call,  goes eight rounds, with teams given 90 seconds to make a pick.

The Armor, who have been stocking up on players the last two days, have eight picks: at #6, #37, #47, #54, #71, #88, #105, and #122. Springfield GM Milton Lee has had some luck with picks, getting Willie Reed, one of the league's top players last year, late in the second round.

Among the better known players in the Draft Pool are former NBA players hoping for a comeback, like Ricky Davis, Quincy Douby, James Johnson, DeAndre Liggins and Salim Stoudemire. Also intriguing, 5'6" High School All-American Aquille Carr out of Baltimore and fresh from a barnstorming tour in China. He had committed to Seton Hall, then decided to go pro directly. The college players likely to go high include: Reginald Buckner, a 6'9" shotblocker out of Ole Miss; Abdul Gaddy, a 6'3" shooting guard out of Washington, and Pierre Jackson, a 5'11" point guard out of Baylor.

The Armor will make extensive use of the Nets scouting database in making their picks. As noted, the Nets have put a higher priority on the D-League this season, hoping to compensate for the loss of so many draft picks the last two years. With Thursday's trade for Lorenzo Brown, the announcement that Gary Forbes as well as Adonis Thomas would be joining the Armor and the return of eight former players, Springfield will have a busy training camp. It opens a week from Friday. At some point, Mason Plumlee is expected the join the team.

The Armor will host a draft party at the local Sheraton, starting at 6:30 p.m.