The Mountain West was well represented in Saturday’s draft
Fresno State had two players selected in the first 20 picks of the draft
Players from five different schools were picked
The inaugural NBA G League Draft took place Saturday. Formerly known as the D-League or Development League, Gatorade took over the sponsorship deal with the league, which has acted as the NBA’s minor league system in recent years.
The draft took place over a teleconference in New York, with more than 140 players eligible to be selected. Only players that are signed to NBA G League Standard Player Contracts are allowed to be drafted by the NBA affiliates.
The complete list of former Mountain West players selected is below.
1-5: Paul Watson, Westchester (Fresno State)
1-19: Cullen Russo, Canton (Fresno State)
2-24: Michael Lyons, South Bay (Air Force)
3-5: Princeton Onwas, Westchester (San Jose State)
4-20: Robert Heyer, South Bay (Boise State)
4-27: Malik Story, Santa Cruz (Nevada)
Two players from last season’s Fresno State team were selected in the first 20 picks in Paul Watson and Cullen Russo. Both senior front court players, the two combined to average 19.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game last season for the 20-win Bulldogs.
Michael Lyons, a four-year Air Force Falcon, was picked up in the second round. He averaged 17.7 points per game as a senior guard for AFA in 2013.
Princeton Onwas was taken in the third round. He played one season with San Jose State and also with Utah. With the Spartans, he started 15 games and averaged 10.5 points per game in 2016.
Boise State’s Robert Heyer and Nevada’s Malik Story were taken in the final eight picks of the draft. Heyer spent one season with the Broncos in 2014-15, and Story was a three-time 14+ point per game scorer with the Wolf Pack from 2011 to 2013 after coming over from Indiana.