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Saturday, November 03, 2007

John Bunch drafted by the NBADL

From the NEC website...

New York, NY -- A total of four players that played for NEC teams were selected in the 2007 NBDL Draft on Thursday. Sacred Heart's Kibwe Trim was taken in the third round by the Dakota Wizards, Central Connecticut State's Keith Closs (CCSU 1994-96) went to the Tulsa 66ers in the fifth round, Fairleigh Dickinson's Michael Peeples was picked by Tulsa in the sixth round, while Monmouth's John Bunch was tabbed by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the tenth and final round.

There are 44 Developmental League alumni on the rosters of NBA teams at the start of the 2007-08 season.

Bunch is the second Hawk ever selected in the NBADL draft, with the first being former center Kevin Owens, who was taken by the Roanoke Dazzle with the fourth pick of the eighth round in the 2003 draft. Owens now plays professionally in Australia.

Bunch graduated from Monmouth University in 2007 as the school’s all-time career leader in blocked shots with 169 and holds the single season record with 94 swatted shots in 2006-07.

“It feels good to know that the hard work has paid off,” said Bunch. “I’ve been working everyday and feeling good.”

While at Monmouth, Bunch, who helped the 2005-06 MU squad advance to the NCAA Tournament and win their opening round game 71-49 over Hampton, averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game in his career. Bunch played in 54 games in his two seasons in West Long Branch, after transferring from Lincoln University in Philadelphia.

“While I was at Monmouth we played against some very good competition that helped prepare me to play at the next level,” Bunch said. “Making it to the NCAA Tournament my junior year was a great experience that should help me now as well.”

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers compete in McAllen, Texas and open the season Friday, November 23 when they host the Austin Toros.


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