The NBA D-League held their draft during Syracuse's disappointing performance against Florida State on Saturday. We're sure you were so enraptured with your college football saturday that you completely forgot about the D-League Draft (Let's be honest, you don't care about the D-League). But not to worry, we've got you covered.
Rick Jackson: First Round, 9th Pick - Iowa Energy
After coming off a summer with Boeheim's Army, Jackson was selected in the first round of the D-League draft by the Iowa Energy. The Energy are the affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies and play in Des Moines, Iowa. Jackson played at Syracuse from 2007-2011 and was the leader on the 2010-2011 team. Since leaving Syracuse he has played in France, Israel and has bounced around the D-League.
Da'Shonte Riley: Fourth Round, 1st Pick - Idaho Stampede
Riley played at Syracuse from 2009-2011 before transferring to Eastern Michigan. He played sparingly behind Arinze Onuaku his freshman season, but would see more minutes in the NCAA Tournament when Onuaku went down with an injury. The Idaho Stampede selected him in the fourth round. The Stampede are the affiliate of the Utah Jazz and play in Boise, Idaho. Former Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf also held a brief stint with the Stampede.
Other players taken in the draft that Syracuse fans would recognize were Glens Falls native Jimmer Freddette -- who was selected second overall -- Antonio Barton, who considered transferring to Syracuse and Jabril Trawick, the Georgetown alumnus.
Enjoy this extremely corny Rick Jackson feature from his playing days on the hill.