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Thunderbirds Pick 3rd, Choose Ham as Number One Pick
Thunderbirds Select Ten New Faces to Join Training Camp
The Thunderbirds used their first pick, 3rd overall, to select Darvin Ham, a 6’7, 240 pound forward-guard from
Ham has earned himself the nickname “Dunkin Darvin” for his powerful dunks. Most notably in the 1996 NCAA Tournament when he shattered the backboard in a second round game against North Carolina, propelling Texas Tech to their first sweet 16 appearance.
With the twelfth pick in the second round, 26th pick overall, the Thunderbirds selected Daniel Horton; a 6’3, 205 pound guard from the
Additional 2007 Thunderbirds Draft Picks include: James Smith (
Prior to the draft, Head Coach Jeff Ruland said that it would be interesting to see if the Thunderbirds could get the players they wanted since they were only returning one player from last year. Both coaches are very pleased with the 10 new faces they selected.
“I think we did pretty well” Worthen said, “we got shooters, big men, and a balanced roster. It should make for a pretty competitive training camp!” Coach Ruland seemed to agree:
“We addressed all of our needs tonight. We are athletic, long, and have a very good basketball I.Q., now its up to the coaches to make it work. I can’t wait to get started!” Ruland said.
The Thunderbirds season tips off at home on November 23 against the Idaho Stampede at 7 p.m. Thunderbirds 2007–08 season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at abqtbirds.com or at the Thunderbirds front office at
The Thunderbirds continually stay focused on the community by participating in community events such as the Read to Achieve Program as well as D-League Cares. In the past two seasons the Thunderbirds have worked almost 3,000 hours in the community, staying dedicated to
Entering its seventh season, the NBA Development League, the NBA’s minor league established to develop talent across all disciplines for the NBA, has relocated its headquarters from
Individually, the Thunderbirds have had two player call-ups, two front office call-ups, two training staff call-ups and three call-ups from the Storm Chasers Dance and Cheer squad.
Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the D-League offers NBA-quality basketball and fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit NBADLEAGUE.com