Two former Eastern Michigan University basketball players were selected in the National Basketball Association Development League draft Saturday night.
Karrington Ward, who played at EMU from 2013-15, was selected by the Bakersfield Jam, who are affiliated with the Phoenix Suns. Ward was selected with the first pick in the second round. Ward averaged 12.5 points per game for EMU last season.
“ [It’s] surreal because this is what I've wanted so the time is here,” Ward said on chasing his dream. “I just have to go out and make it happen now.”
Ward was traded on draft night to the Maine Red Claws who are the affiliate to the Boston Celtics.
Also selected was former EMU big man Da’Shonte Riley, who played at EMU from 2011-14, by the Idaho Stampede with the first pick in the fourth round. The Stampede are affiliated with the Utah Jazz organization.
Riley was Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year his senior year with EMU in 2014 where he averaged four points per game, six rebounds per game and two blocks per game.
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