Nick Fazekas to Be Drafted First Overall in NBA D-League Draft
[Update: It's official, Fazekas went first overall.]
The now 25-year-old Fazekas averaged 20.4 points per game as a senior along 11.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting 57 percent from the field and an impressive 43 percent from beyond the arc, a rare skill for a player of his size but ultimately part of the total package that helped make him the 34th overall selection of the Mavericks in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Fazekas had a rocky start in his first professional season, however, as he played just four games for the Mavs before being assigned to the Tulsa 66ers before ultimately being released midway through the season. Fazekas soon latched on with the Clippers, however, and averaged more than 11 minutes per game over the final 22 games of the season. Since Fazekas' first professional foray in the NBA didn't work out, he opted to play in Belgium and France since, though he missed the majority of last season with a broken ankle while playing for Dijon Bourgogne in France's ProA League.
Fazekas will join a solid group of players with the Bighorns including Aaron Miles, a former standout for the Kansas Jayhawks who was recently released by the Golden State Warriors, as well as Sacramento Kings' training camp cuts Marcus Landry and Donald Sloan. Patrick Ewing Jr., a skilled forward who played with the Bighorns during the 2008-09 season who was recently released by the New York Knicks, and returning veterans Mo Charlo and Chris Davis round out the Bighorns current roster.
The Bighorns are coached by Eric Musselman, a first-year head coach in the D-League but a familiar name among NBA fans, as he previously served as head coach of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.
The New Mexico Thunderbirds are on the clock to make the second overall pick of the 2010 NBA D-League Draft.