Reno Bighorns Expansion Draft

By: Eric Sperling
By: Eric Sperling

The Reno Bighorns selected the rights to forward Damone Brown from Syracuse University with the first selection in the 2008 NBA Development League Expansion Draft. With the second pick, the Erie BayHawks drafted the rights to Mike Gansey, a guard from West Virginia University.

Brown, 6-9, played in eight games during the 2007-08 NBA D-League season as a member of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. Drafted in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, Brown owns NBA career averages of 2.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 9.0 minutes. He has played for the 76ers, Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz.

The 6-4 Gansey appeared in 19 games for the Anaheim Arsenal during the 2007-08 NBA D-League season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. A 2006 graduate of West Virginia, Gansey averaged 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 68 career-games as a Mountaineer. Following his collegiate career, Gansey played with the Miami Heat in the 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League, posting averages of 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds.

Other top selections included Jesse Smith (Idaho State) and Jamaal Thomas (Angelo State), whose rights were selected by Reno and Kris Lang (North Carolina) and Dahntay Jones (Duke), whose rights were drafted by Erie.

Following are the complete results of the 2008 NBA D-League Expansion Draft:

ROUND ONE
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Reno Bighorns Damone Brown F 6-9 Syracuse
2. Erie BayHawks Mike Gansey G 6-4 West Virginia

ROUND TWO
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Erie BayHawks Jackie Manuel G 6-5 North Carolina
2. Reno Bighorns Tony Gipson G 6-1 LSU

ROUND THREE
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Reno Bighorns Jesse Smith C 6-11 Idaho State
2. Eire BayHawks Kris Lang C 6-11 North Carolina

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ROUND FOUR
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Erie BayHawks Dahntay Jones F 6-6 Duke
2. Reno Bighorns Jamaal Thomas F 6-8 Angelo State

ROUND FIVE
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Reno Bighorns Andre Patterson 6-7 F Tennessee
2. Erie BayHawks Steven Smith 6-9 F LaSalle
ROUND SIX
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Erie BayHawks Cecil Brown G 6-4 Cal State Santa Barbara
2. Reno Bighorns Davin White G 6-1 Cal State Northridge

ROUND SEVEN
Team Name Pos Ht College
2. Reno Bighorns Mustafa Al-Sayyad F 6-10 Fresno State
2. Erie BayHawks Brian Greene F 6-9 Colorado State

ROUND EIGHT
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Erie BayHawks Brian Chase G 5-10 Virginia Tech
2. Reno Bighorns Kyle Davis F 6-10 Auburn

ROUND NINE
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Reno Bighorns Alfred Neale F 6-6 New Mexico
2. Erie BayHawks Jeff Hagen C 7-0 Minnesota

ROUND TEN
Team Name Pos Ht College
1. Erie BayHawks Randy Livingston G 6-4 LSU
2. Reno Bighorns Larry Turner C 6-11 Tennessee State


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