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Santa Cruz makes moves in first draft

Posted: Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2012

The Santa Cruz Warriors made moves before and during their first-ever NBA Development League Draft on Friday.

When the dust settled, the Warriors selected eight players from the draft, which had former NBA players as well as college and international standouts.

The Warriors used their first-ever pick, the 13th overall in the draft, on former Los Angeles Clippers guard Travis Leslie.

Leslie, who stands at 6-4 and 205 pounds, played 10 games with the Clippers, averaging 1.4 points a game.

He made his mark at the University of Georgia, where he was a near 50 percent shooter in three years at the school. He amassed 1,099 points in his three years at the school while dishing out 191 assists.

Several D-League writers praised the pick, with one saying that Leslie was arguably the best athlete in the draft.

“With his prior NBA experience and great physical tools, we picked him because we believe in his potential and think he will grow and benefit from time in the D-League,” Warriors coach Nate Bjorkgren said in a statement.

Leslie was drafted by the Clippers in the second round of the 2011 draft, 47th overall. The team cut ties with him on Tuesday as the NBA regular season got underway.

Leslie has made the viral rounds, as his highlight of a a massive dunk during a game against Kentucky in 2011 spread throughout YouTube.

The Warriors didn’t pick again until the third round, when they chose Long Beach State’s T.J. Robinson.

The 6-foot-8 big man was a two-time all-Big West Conference selection, averaging 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds a game for the 49ers.

They didn’t stop there, as they drafted Faisal Aden minutes later.

Aden, from Somalia, went to Washington State for the past two years. The 6-4 guard averaged 13 points and 3 rebounds a game.

The other picks were:

For the complete article see the 11-03-2012 issue.

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