Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hasbrouck Latest from MAAC to NBA

The Associated Press is reporting that former Siena standout Kenny Hasbrouck, last season's MAAC Player of the Year, has signed a contract to play for the NBA's Miami Heat and he will be on the roster for Tuesday night's game against San Antonio.

Hasbrouck was with the Heat last summer and was in line for an invitation to training camp until breaking a rib. While recovering from that, he suffered a foot injury this fall while working out at Siena.

He recently signed with Rio Grande Valley of the NBA's Development League and played 10 games there averaginb 16.9 points per game.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Hasbrouck helped Siena win first-round games in the 2008 and 2009 NCAA tournaments. When he plays his first NBA game he will become the first former Siena player to appear in that league.

He will also become one of just a handful of former MAAC players to get into an NBA contest.

As best as this blogger can tell, the following list includes all conference players who appeared in a regular-season NBA contest. Please note that several programs sent other players on to NBA careers, probably the most significant of those being Niagara's Calvin Murphy and Iona's Jeff Ruland. But those two, and several others, played at their respective colleges before those schools were MAAC members.

Here's the list of MAAC players from current conference programs who have been in the NBA:

- Canisius: Mike Smrek, a 7-foot center who played six NBA seasons in the late 1980's through early 1990's.

- Fairfield: Deng Gai, a 6-9 forward, played two games with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2005-06 season; and, A.J. Wynner, a guard, who played six games with the Boston Celtics in the 1990-91 season.

- Iona: Steve Burtt Sr., a 6-2 guard who played 101 games over four seasons, appearing in NBA games in the 1984-85, 1987-88, 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons; and, Sean Green, a 6-5 forward who played 84 games over three seasons (1991-92 through 1993-94) for three different teams.

- Loyola: Mike Morrison, a 6-4 guard who played 36 games for the Phoenix Suns in the 1989-90 season.

- Manhattan: Luis Flores, a 6-2 guard, who played 16 games for two teams during the 2004-05 season.

- Rider: Jason Thompson, a 6-11 center, who joined the NBA last season and is now playing his second season for the Sacramento Kings.

There are several others from former MAAC programs who have also appeared in NBA games. Those are:

- Fordham: Danny O'Sullivan, a 6-10 center, who appeared in 45 games for five teams over four seasons in the early 1990's.

- La Salle: Tim Legler, a 6-4 guard, played in 310 NBA games over 10 seasons for seven teams from 1989 through 2000; Ralph Lewis, a 6-6 guard, played 9n 99 NBA games for two teams over four seasons in the mid-1980s; Doug Overton, a 6-3 guard, played in 499 games over 11 seaons for nine teams from 1992 through 2004; Randy Woods, a 5-11 guard, played in 151 games over parts of four seasons for two teams in the early-to-mid 1990's; and, 6-7 forward Lionel Simmons played in 454 NBA games over seven seasons (1990-through 1997), all for the Sacramento Kings.

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