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D-League teams draft five bj-league alumni

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Five former bj-league players were selected in Friday’s NBA Development League Draft.

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants used their second-round pick (No. 30 overall) on big man Alfred Aboya, a UCLA product who played for the Shiga Lakestars last season. One pick later, the Canto Charge chose ex-Rizing Fukuoka guard Zane Johnson, a University of Hawaii alum.

In the fifth round, the Austion Toros picked former Rizing guard Michael Sturns, who starred for the Kyushu-based club in the 2008-09 season. He closed out his college career at NCAA Division II Holy Family.

Guard Dwayne Lathan, an Indiana University product who played for the Osaka Evessa last season, went to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the seventh round. Ex-Kyoto Hannaryz post player J.R. Inman, who attended Rutgers University, was chosen by the Delaware 87ers in the eighth round.

Ex-Ryukyu Golden Kings point guard Narito Namizato, who was eligible for the draft, was not selected. He was a member of the bj-league’s Best Five squad last season. He’s been working out in the United States, showcasing his skills for talent evaluators there.

There were eight rounds in the draft for the 17-team D-League.