Thinking locally, BayRunners pick 6 from area on second day of IBL draft

4 ex-Dunbar players taken

Ekezie selected separately

July 21, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore BayRunners took six Baltimore-area players in rounds seven through 24 of yesterday's IBL draft.

The team selected Dunbar products Norman Nolan (Virginia, ninth round), Kurk Lee (Towson, 17th), Sean Tyson (Clemson, 19th) and Donta Bright (Massachusetts, 24th). Lake Clifton was represented by Kevin Norris (Miami, Fla., 20th), and Cardinal Gibbons by Steve Rich (Miami, Fla., 21st).

In a separate draft of NBA second-rounders, the BayRunners also selected Maryland center Obinna Ekezie, who was taken by the Vancouver Grizzlies in last month's NBA draft.

"We covered every position, and we were able to get local guys, too," BayRunners coach Herb Brown said, adding that he would also like to have any of the Cubans who recently defected.

Unfortunately for the BayRunners, centers Lazaro Borrel and Hector Pino, and guards Roberto Herrera and Angel Caballero were not on the IBL's draft list.

"Now, we're going to try to track them down," Brown said. "They're used to international competition, and you know that they're going to be hungry."

As expected, the BayRunners began by taking Mikki Moore with the first pick of the seventh round. Moore, a 7-foot center from Nebraska, earned All-CBA honors with the Fort Wayne Fury last season.

The BayRunners' other selections after Moore were: James Collins (Florida State, eighth round), David Johnson (Syracuse, 10th), Nantumbo Willingham (Connecticut, 11th), Herman Alston (Kean, N.J., 12th), Ja Ja Richards (Loyola of Chicago, 13th), Charles Smith (Georgetown, 14th), Rowan Barret (St. John's, 15th), Paul Graham (Ohio, 16th), Anthony Douglas (Memphis, 18th), Randy Duck (California, 22th) and Phil Chenier Jr. (Howard U., Wilde Lake, 23rd).

Other area notables drafted by other league teams included Maryland's Laron Profit, who went to the Trenton Shooting Stars in the NBA second-round draft; Loyola's Mike Powell, who went to the New Mexico Slam in the 16th round; and Coppin State's Terquin Mott, taken by Trenton in the 12th round.

Pub Date: 7/21/99

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