2009-2010 D-League Returning Player/Allocation List

2009-2010 D-League Returning Player/Allocation List
Nov 04, 2009, 05:12 pm
A complete look at the players returning to their D-League team from last season, as well as those who have been allocated based on territorial rights, and those who made teams via local tryouts.

Albuquerque Thunderbirds

Antonio Agudio (Veteran) - Returning player

Keith McLeod (Veteran) - Returning player

Cory Underwood (Veteran) - Returning player

Kevin Pittsnogle (Veteran) - Allocation player

Anthony Danridge (Rookie) - Allocation player

Shane Edwards (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Jason Horton (Rookie) - Local tryout player


Albuquerque has some solid firepower returning in their backcourt in the form of NBA veteran Keith McLeod and former Hofstra sharpshooter Antoine Agudio, and will likely be targeting size in tomorrow's draft.

Austin Toros

Justin Bowen (Veteran) - Returning player

Ryan Bright (Veteran) - Returning player

Fred Gibson (Veteran) - Returning player

Carldell Johnson (Veteran) - Returning player

Dwayne Jones (Veteran) - Returning player

Jason Parker (Veteran) - Returning player

Curtis Jerrells (Rookie) - Allocation player

Roderick Riley (Veteran) - Allocation player

Jawan Bailey (Rookie) - Local tryout player


San Antonio Spurs' affiliate Austin has two solid options at the point in Baylor's Curtis Jerrells and UAB's Squeaky Johnson, as well as a rare big man with size, strength and athleticism in Dwayne Jones, after he was mysteriously cut by the Serbian team he signed with just a few days after arriving.

Bakersfield Jam

Terrance Gamble (Veteran) - Returning player

Justin Hawkins (Veteran) - Allocation player

Robert Swift (Veteran) - Allocation player

Benson Callier (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Ronald Johnson (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Joel Smith (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Rodney Webb (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Akeem Wright (Veteran) - Local tryout player


Robert Swift would be the big name here. It will be interesting to see how he looks after missing so much time over the past few years with injuries. Justin Hawkins will provide them with some scoring at the forward positions.

Dakota Wizards

Maurice Baker (Veteran) - Returning player

Romel Beck (Veteran) - Returning player

David Bell (Veteran) - Returning player

Carlos English (Veteran) - Returning player

Renaldo Major (Veteran) - Returning player

Manny Quezada (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Derick Payne (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Cameron Stanley (Rookie) - Local tryout player


Dakota is in excellent shape, returning a good part of their core that seems to be coming back year after year. Mo Baker is about as experienced a player as you'll find at this level, while Romel Beck brings serious scoring power. Renaldo Major is another proven player at this level, known for his defense and athleticism, while 3-point specialist David Bell could be another solid cog.

Erie BayHawks

Jarvis Gunter (Veteran) - Returning player

Ivan Harris (Veteran) - Returning player

Oliver Lafayette (Veteran) - Returning player

Jackie Manuel (Veteran) - Returning player

Cedric Jackson (Rookie) - Allocation player

Rob Kurz (Veteran) - Allocation player

Kyle Goldcamp (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Joseph Jones (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Evaluation: Erie's frontcourt seems to be fairly set, with the very reliable shooting and rebounding of Rob Kurz mixed in with the sweet touch of combo forward Ivan Harris and the low-post game of Texas A&M's Joseph Jones. The backcourt will likely be their biggest priority in tomorrow's draft.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Ron Howard (Veteran) - Returning player

Chris Hunter (Veteran) - Returning player

Anthony Kent (Veteran) - Returning player

DeWitt Scott (Veteran) - Returning player

Sean Sonderleiter (Veteran) - Returning player

Ryan Ayers (Rookie) - Allocation player

Kyle McAlarney (Rookie) - Allocation player

Jared Carter (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Brandon Cotton (Veteran) - Local tryout player


Fort Wayne has a nice mix of players to build around, starting with the extremely productive low-post presence of Chris Hunter, a major rarity in this league. Swingman Ron Howard is a solid all-around player at this level, while Notre Dame's Kyle McAlarney will surely light it up from time to time from beyond the 3-point line.

Idaho Stampede

Mildon Ambres (Veteran) - Returning player

Roberto Bergersen (Veteran) - Returning player

Lanny Smith (Veteran) - Returning player

Jeff Graves (Veteran) - Allocation player

Emmanuel Jones (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Ray Schafer (Veteran) - Local tryout player

John Vaughan (Rookie) - Local tryout player


Not a lot to talk about here, which makes sense considering the team lost their head coach Bryan Gates to the Sacramento Kings and their influential top assistant Randy Livingston to the Maine Red Claws. Roberto Bergersen is a veteran at this level, while former Kansas Jayhawk Jeff Graves has a big body and some scoring touch but has struggled with injuries.

Iowa Energy

Marvin Phillips (Veteran) - Returning player

Curtis Stinson (Veteran) - Returning player

Anthony Tolliver (Veteran) - Returning player

Jeff Trepagnier (Veteran) - Returning player

Mark Tyndale (Veteran) - Returning player

Darryl Watkins (Veteran) - Allocation player

Shy Ely (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Matt Trannon (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Adam Emmenecker (Veteran) - Local tryout player


Iowa doesn't appear to have as many holes to fill as some other teams, as they seem to have a solid group of players at a couple of different positions. Daryl Watkins is a big body who will take up space in the paint and use his athleticism to make the occasional play, while Curtis Stinson is a proven option at the point who knows how to get the job done. Anthony Tolliver is one of the best shooting power forwards in the D-League and also brings some NBA experience (with the San Antonio Spurs) to the table. Mark Tyndale is a versatile and athletic defender who could be a solid rotation player in the right setting.

Los Angeles D-Fenders

Earl Barron (Veteran) - Returning player

Joe Crawford (Veteran) - Returning player

Ryan Forehan-Kelly (Veteran) - Returning player

Longar Longar (Veteran) - Returning player

Gabe Pruitt (Veteran) - Allocation player

Diamon Simpson (Rookie) - Allocation player

Michael Fey (Veteran) - Local tryout player

James Jackson (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Horace Wormely (Veteran) - Local tryout player


The Defenders are unlikely to be as down as they were last season, featuring a number of "big-name" players at this level with solid NBA resumes under their belts. Earl Barron is a sweet shooting 5-man who spent a couple of years with Miami. Gabe Pruitt is a young and athletic combo guard who was drafted by the Boston Celtics and could be one of the top guards in the D-League this season. Joe Crawford is an ultra aggressive scoring shooting guard who will likely be amongst the league leaders in scoring once again this year. Finally, St. Mary's Diamon Simpson is a hustling, rebounding power forward who is exactly the type of scrappy role player you want to have alongside this many scorers.

Maine Red Claws

Noel Felix (Veteran) - Returning player

Billy Thomas (Veteran) - Returning player

Will Blalock (Veteran) - Allocation player

Tyrelle Blair (Veteran) - Allocation player

Abdulai Jalloh (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Stanley Thomas (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Mike Williams (Veteran) - Local tryout player


Maine's brand new team has some decent experience right off the bat, as Noel Felix, Billy Thomas and Will Blalock have all been around the D-League for multiple years and know what it takes to be successful. Thomas in particular is a big asset with his hard-working demeanor, NBA experience and 3-point shooting skills. Boston College's Tyrelle Blair was amongst the NCAA leader in blocked shots a few years back, and should provide the team with some solid minutes of interior defense.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Stanley Asumnu (Veteran) - Returning player

Cliff Clinkscales (Veteran) - Returning player

Marcus Hubbard (Veteran) - Returning player

Kurt Looby (Veteran) - Returning player

Ernest Scott (Veteran) - Returning player

Julian Sensley (Veteran) - Returning player

Mike Harris (Veteran) - Allocation player

Garrett Temple (Rookie) - Allocation player

Henry Dugat (Rookie) - Local tryout player


The Houston Rockets affiliate has some work to do in tomorrow's draft, but can already look forward to the presence of one of the top power forwards in the league in Mike Harris. LSU's Garrett Temple is another player to keep an eye on here, his versatility as a defender and passer could make him a call-up option at some point.

Reno Bighorns

Rod Benson (Veteran) - Returning player

Russell Robinson (Veteran) - Returning player

Daryl Dorsey (Veteran) - Returning player

Dave Noel (Veteran) - Returning player

Cezary Trybanski (Veteran) - Returning player

Mo Charlo (Veteran) - Allocation player

James Peters (Veteran) - Allocation player

Brian Laing (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Jamaal Smith (Veteran) - Local tryout player


Reno returns a couple of solid players from last year's team, mainly in the form of glass-cleaner Rod Benson and the much improved Russell Robinson, who looks much more comfortable as a scorer now. Mo Charlo will put points up from the 3/4 spot, and Dave Noel and Majic Dorsey are both solid role players with plenty of experience.

Springfield Armor

Kentrell Gransberry (Veteran) - Returning player

Marcus Taylor (Veteran) - Returning player

Adam Harrington (Veteran) - Allocation player

Maurice Maxwell (Rookie) - Allocation player

Julian Allen (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Charles Easterling (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Dante Milligan (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Trey Whitted (Veteran) - Local tryout player


Springfield is another team that appears to be in transition. Kentrell Gransberry was a terrific player in the Big East but has been a bust at the professional level thus far. Adam Harrington is one of the best shooters you'll find at this level.

Sioux Falls Skyforce

David Bailey (Veteran) - Returning player

Keith Brumbaugh (Veteran) - Returning player

Justin Johnson (Veteran) - Returning player

Michael Joiner (Veteran) - Returning player

Greg Stiemsma (Veteran) - Returning player

Joe Krabbenhoft (Rookie) - Allocation player

Bruce Price (Veteran) - Allocation player

Mike Nelson (Rookie) - Local tryout player


Sioux Falls returns a few very important cogs, mainly the presence of their point guard, David Bailey, who provides them with plenty of experience and scoring power. Athletic big man Greg Stiemsma is another interesting name to keep an eye on.

Tulsa 66ers

Keith Clark (Veteran) - Returning player

Moses Ehambe (Veteran) - Returning player

Steven Hill (Veteran) - Returning player

Yemi Ogunoye (Veteran) - Returning player

Larry Owens (Veteran) - Allocation player

Byron Eaton (Rookie) - Allocation player

Ansel Guzman (Veteran) - Local tryout player

Mitch Johnson (Rookie) - Local tryout player

Marcus Lewis (Rookie) - Local tryout player


Tulsa will be looking to have a big night in the draft, in order to compliment the group of solid role players they have returning. Byron Eaton is a nice pickup for them at the point, while former Oral Roberts combo forward Larry Owens brings length and athleticism. Steven Hill has made an NBA roster already due to his size and athleticism on the defensive end.

Utah Flash

Bennet Davis (Veteran) - Returning player

Gavin Grant (Veteran) - Returning player

Andre Ingram (Veteran) - Returning player

Dontell Jefferson (Veteran) - Returning player

James Lang (Veteran) - Returning player

Carlos Wheeler (Veteran) – Returning player

Lee Cummard (Rookie) – Allocation player

Luke Nevill (Rookie) – Allocation player

Sylvester Morgan (Veteran) – Local tryout player

The Utah Flash start off this season in much better position than they did last year, especially with the acquisition of two key rookies. BYU's Lee Cummard and Utah's Luke Nevill were two of the top players at their position in college basketball last season, and should provide an immediate return in both the win column as well as at the box office, feeding off their teams' rabid fan bases. Dontell Jefferson is one of the more talented guard prospects in the D-League, and will bring the team quite a bit with his athleticism and versatility. Andre Ingram and Gavin Grant are two more talented players who are more than capable of contributing on any given night, while James Lang has been with this team for some time now and should provide a solid presence in the paint.

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