By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
This N’ That With Tony Mack: Shaw’s Greenup Headed To NBDL
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Anthony Greenup, who led the nation in field goal percentage as both a junior and senior at Division II Shaw (N.C.) University, has been allocated to the Asheville Altitude of the NBA’s National Basketball Development League. Greenup is the first of two players who will be allocated to the defending NBDL champions.
A 6-8, 225-pound forward, Greenup converted a blistering .710 percent of his field goal attempts during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons (382-of-538). He averaged 20.9 points and 10.9 rebounds as a senior .
Greenup was the only player in NCAA Division II to finish in the top 30 nationally in scoring (20.9), rebounding (10.9), blocked shots (2.8) and field goal percentage (.711).
Each NBDL team is allocated two players. Up to 17 players will report to training camps in each market on November 7, and a minimum of one allocation player is guaranteed a spot on each teams final roster of 10 players.
Greenup, 23, played his prep basketball at Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge, La., and will begin his professional basketball career with the Altitude.
The NBDL, the NBAs minor league, includes the Fayetteville Patriots (N.C.), Florida Flame (Ft. Myers), Huntsville Flight (Ala.), Roanoke Dazzle (Va.), Columbus Riverdragons (Ga.) and Asheville Altitude (N.C.).
The league offers players the opportunity to develop their talent in a highly competitive atmosphere under the NBAs umbrella. Twenty-eight (28) players have been called up the NBA on 39 separate occasions.
Nine former NBDL coaches, five athletic trainers, six referees and 28 front office executives have also been called up since the start of the leagues inaugural season in November 2001.
Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the league also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. The NBDL is a source of on-court talent for the NBAs 30 teams and is a diverse human resources pool for the NBA and its teams by training employees in management, operations, public relations, sales and marketing positions.