Five TBT 2018 players selected in G-League Draft

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Five TBT 2018 players found new homes on Saturday night

From No. 1 overall picks to 36-year olds looking to prove that time is a myth, Saturday night's G-League Draft saw a handful of TBT 2018 players take a step closer to the NBA. Let's check in and see where some familiar faces landed.

No. 1 - Willie Reed (Eberlein Drive), Salt Lake City Stars

If you watched Willie Reed in TBT 2018, it should come as no surprise that the Eberlein Drive center went No. 1 overall to Salt Lake City. In the team's Super 16 games in Atlanta, Reed racked up 15 points and 5 rebounds against Gael Force and 10 points and 4 blocks against Team Challenge ALS. His efforts helped lead Eberlein Drive to its first-ever semifinals appearance (they lost in the title game to Overseas Elite). Reed is looking to get back in the NBA after appearing in 39 games for the Los Angeles Clippers and three games for the Detroit Pistons last season. The Saint Louis alum also has NBA experience with the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat. In his last stint in the G-League (then known as the D-League) in 2015, Reed racked up several honors including All-NBA D-League First Team, All-Defensive First Team, and D-League All-Star.

 

No. 9 - Hakim Warrick (Boeheim's Army), Iowa Wolves *from Delaware*

Don't call it a comeback! Just this past summer alone, Boeheim's Army big man Hakim Warrick appeared in his first TBT game since 2016, averaged 11.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg and threw down a monster dunk that proved that the 36-year old still has some bounce in those legs. Now, he'll attempt to return to the NBA for the first time since 2013. After being drafted ninth overall by the Delaware Blue Coats, Warrick was traded to the Iowa Wolves for former UC Santa Barbara standout Michael Bryson. If TBT 2018 was any indication, the 2003 NCAA Champion could be a valuable mid-season addition for an NBA team looking to make a deep playoff run. 

 

No. 31 - Anthony Walker (Fort Wayne Champs), Stockton Kings

He may not have gotten much playing time in TBT 2018, but when he was on the court, the Fort Wayne Champs certainly felt Anthony Walker's impact. The big man from UT Arlington is entering his fourth year in the G-League after spending last season with the Texas Legends. He spent his first two professional seasons with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and also appeared in 28 games for the Cape Breton Highlanders in Canada in 2017.

 

No. 32 - Deion McClenton (CitiTeam Blazers), Fort Wayne Mad Ants

It may have been a disappointing ending for the CitiTeam Blazers in TBT 2018, but Deion McClenton still proved that he can ball with the world's best hoopers. In the team's opening round win over Team 23, McClenton logged a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Although the Kaiser alum scored just 4 points the next day against Team Challenge ALS, he still made an impact by grabbing 10 rebounds and 2 steals. In each of his three seasons at Kaiser, the 6-foot guard was named a member of the All-TSC First Team. This past season, he took home All-TSC Player of the Year honors.

 

No. 86 Michael Qualls (Team Arkansas), Wisconsin Herd

If we learned anything from Team Arkansas in TBT 2018, it's that Michael Qualls is a certified bucket getter. The 6-foot-5 guard scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a round one win over Tim Thomas Playaz and followed it up the next day with a 24-point, 6-rebound outburst against the Talladega Knights. He also showed his crazy athleticism with one of the nicest windmills in TBT history. Don't be surprised to see Qualls on an NBA roster sometime soon.

 

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