Selection Monday

Posted by Rob Mahoney on August 31, 2010 under News | Read the First Comment

The Texas Legends participated in a peculiar one-team, ten-round expansion draft on Monday, in which Nancy Lieberman and her staff had their pick of the L.A. D-Fender litter. The Legends now own the rights to 10 former D-Fenders. Those 10 players are, according to a release from the team:

NameHeightWeightCollegeAge
Keith Clark6-8245Oklahoma23
Joe Crawford6-5210Kentucky24
Michael Fey7-0270UCLA27
Ryan Forehan-Kelly6-6195California30
Gabriel Hughes7-0240California30
James Peters6-8215UNLV29
Frank Robinson6-4220Cal-State Fullerton26
Diamon Simpson6-7230St. Mary's (CA)22
Dar Tucker6-4205DePaul22
James Wright6-1185Colorado29

For those keeping track at home, the D-Fenders not selected were: Lawrence McKenzie, Ray Reese, Rodney Webb, and Horace Wormely.

The Legends still do not have a roster. Though they now own the rights to the selected 10, not all of those players will be in the D-League next season, much less in Frisco. As Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside noted last week, Diamon Thompson, Michael Fey, Ryan Foreham-Kelly, and Frank Robinson have already signed contracts to play overseas next season, and thus will likely pass on the opportunity to play for the Mavs’ affiliate. Of the remaining six, some will at least make it to Legends camp, though it’s unknown how many of those players will actually make the final roster.

The Legends have begun to take shape. Even if, for the moment, that shape is something of an amorphous blob.

UPDATE: Here’s Schroeder’s take, again from Ridiculous Upside.