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Four former Arizona Wildcats selected in the NBA D-League draft


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Salim Stoudamire is still kicking in the NBA D-League eight years after leaving Arizona

Salim Stoudamire is still kicking in the NBA D-League eight years after leaving Arizona

Former Arizona Wildcats forward Grant Jerrett is a No. 1 draft pick overall … in the NBA D-League draft.

Jerrett, who left the Arizona Wildcats program after one season, and fellow teammate Kevin Parrom were taken in the draft, as was former UA guard Salim Stoudamire.

Zane Johnson, a former UA guard who transferred to Hawaii before his junior season, was also chosen.

Jerrett was the first pick overall, taken by the Tulsa 66ers, the Oklahoma Thunder affiliate. Jerrett was not signed by Oklahoma City after playing for the Thunder’s summer league team. He was not signed and invited to Oklahoma City’s camp because if the Thunder cut him for its 15-man roster, it would lose his draft rights.

NewsOK.com reported that Oklahoma City acquired the No. 1 pick in the D-League draft in a three-team trade so it can take Jerrett and keep him part of the Thunder organization.

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Parrom, who recently was unsuccessful in a tryout for a Ukrainian pro team, was selected in the second round by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He was taken two picks after Johnson was selected by the Canton Charge.

Stoudamire was taken in the fifth round by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Stoudamire is trying to work his way back into the NBA after playing three seasons with Atlanta from 2005-08. Injuries derailed his pro career. In the last two years he has tried to get back on track playing professionally in the D-League and Venezuela. He turned 31 on Oct. 11.

Here are the NBA affiliates for the former UA players chosen:

— Tulsa 66ers (Jerrett): Oklahoma City
— Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Parrom): Houston
— Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Stoudamire): Detroit and Indiana
— Canton Charge (Johnson): Cleveland

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