Past NCAA Tournament Standouts in the NBA D-League
Published on March 14, 2017
Here are some of the stars of March who’ve gone on to play professionally in the NBA D-League.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
The 2016 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player led the Wildcats to their first national title since 1985. Arcidiacono has now appeared in 39 games for the Austin Spurs, including 26 starts.
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Marcus Paige & Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Teammates on the Tar Heels a season ago, Johnson and Paige reunited with the Salt Lake City Stars during Johnson's three-game assignment from the LA Clippers.
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Russ Smith, Louisville
Smith was dancing with Louisville three years ago. He's now dishing out 6.6 assists per game for Delaware.
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RJ Hunter, Georgia State
RJ Hunter is averaging 18.1 points per game for the Nets this season after dropping nearly 20 per game for Georgia State two years ago. He sunk the game-winner during the school's upset of Baylor.
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Ron Baker, Cleanthony Early & Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
Baker, an undrafted free agent, finds himself as the Knicks' backup point guard while their former second-round draft pick Cleanthony Early finds himself logging minutes for the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Fred VanVleet has split time between Toronto and Mississauga, excelling for the 905 and pitching in with the big club after point guard Kyle Lowry injured his wrist.
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Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Harrison led the Wildcats to consecutive Final Fours and now plays the shooting guard for the Delaware 87ers.
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Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin
"The Snake" has been logging consistent minutes for the Windy City Bulls after going undrafted out of Stephen F. Austin and earning a Summer League invite from the Golden State Warriors.
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Perry Ellis, Kansas
A two-time Big 12 Scholar-Atlhete of the Year. Ellis now crashes the boards for the Greensboro Swarm after four years with the Jayhawks.
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Jalen Jones & Alex Caruso, Texas A&M
Jones and Caruso, Aggies teammates, are now experiencing success in the D-League.
Jones has been especially effective for the Red Claws, averaging nearly 22 points and nine rebounds for Maine. Caruso has averaged over 11 points and five assists for Oklahoma City.