Quemont Greer Named NBA D-League Ambassador

NEW YORK, July 17, 2007 – The NBA Development League Ambassadors, a team made up of D-League All Stars, will travel to China to participate in the Third Annual Stankovic Cup later this month, the NBA D-League, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Chinese Basketball Association jointly announced today.

The D-League Ambassadors will play five games in six days beginning July 28 with the first two games in Guangzhou and the final three games in Macao.

Former DePaul Blue Demon and current Dakota Wizards forward Quemont Greer was named to the team.

"Our involvement in this tournament is the most recent step in the NBA's cooperation with China in an effort to grow the sport of basketball in the country and share our knowledge and experience," said NBA Development League President Dan Reed. "The opportunity to send some of our best players to China to compete for the Stankovic Cup is an exciting one for our league. This is a wonderful chance to show the world the talent level that exists in the D-League as they compete against some very talented national teams."

"As host nation for the Stankovic Cup, we welcome the D-League Ambassadors, Angola, New Zealand, Slovenia and Venezuela to China, and look forward to their match-ups against the China National Team," said Li Yuanwei, Executive Vice President and Secretary General of Chinese Basketball Association. "Their participation underscores the overwhelming popularity of basketball in China, and fans' appreciation for quality international basketball competition."

The D-League Ambassadors are coached by 26-year NBA veteran Larry Smith, who has won titles as an assistant coach in both the NBA and the D-League. Smith spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, a period that included back-to-back titles in 1993-94 and 1994-95. He also had NBA coaching stints with the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers. During the 2005-06 season, Smith was an assistant on Michael Cooper's staff for the D-League champion Albuquerque Thunderbirds. He also has been a head coach in the D-League with the Anaheim Arsenal. Smith's playing career over 13 NBA seasons included stints with the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.

The 10-player D-League squad is led by D-League Most Valuable Player Randy Livingston (Idaho) and Defensive Player of the Year Renaldo Major (Dakota). All-NBA D-League honorable mention performers Quemont Greer (Dakota), Eugene "Pooh" Jeter (Colorado), Kevin Lyde (Dakota) and Clay Tucker, along with Lance Allred (Idaho), Eddy Fobbs (Albuquerque/Sioux Falls), Rick Rickert (Colorado) and Terrance Thomas round out the Ambassadors roster. The Ambassadors will hold two days of practice in Oakland, CA on July 23-24 prior to departing for China on July 25.

Besides the D-League Ambassadors, the six-team Stankovic Cup field will consist of the national teams from Angola, China, New Zealand, Slovenia and Venezuela. Each team will play five games in single round-robin play. The team with the best record at the end of the tournament will win the Stankovic Cup.

The Stankovic Continental Champions Cup was founded by FIBA President, Dr. Carl Men Ky Ching. The purpose of this Cup is to honor Borislav Stankovic, FIBA Secretary General Emeritus, for his significant contribution to the world of basketball. Being the only Chinese president of the 28 International Sport Federations, Dr. Carl Men Ky Ching selected China as the host country for the Cup. The Cup was organized to promote basketball in that country and to provide an opportunity for the Chinese Men's National Team to compete with other international champions.

"We are excited for the basketball fans of China. They can look forward to some top notch basketball action, with six top teams from five continents including the NBA D-League Ambassadors, competing in the upcoming Stankovic Cup," said Dr. Carl Men Ky Ching, Life Honorable President of FIBA. "This tournament is going from strength to strength as evidenced by the quality of the participating teams and the great fan support we receive."

The tournament tips off for the D-League Ambassadors on July 28 when they face Slovenia at Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou at 9 p.m. local time. The Ambassadors will also play New Zealand in Guangzhou (July 29, 9 p.m.) before moving to Tap Saek Gymnasium in Macao for three games from July 31-Aug. 2. The D-League will play Venezuela on July 31 (4 p.m.), Angola on Aug. 1 (4 p.m.) and host China on Aug. 2 (7:30 p.m.) in Macao.

Basketball is rapidly becoming the most popular sport in China with more than 300 million participants and 83 percent of people 15-24 saying that they are NBA fans. The NBA has four offices in greater China, airs programming with 51 Chinese telecasters, will organize more than 100 events this year and sells merchandise in more than 50,000 retail locations. In October, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic will participate in the NBA China Games 2007, competing in Shanghai and Macao. The Magic will also play the Chinese National Team in Macao.

The voyage to China will be the third international trip for the D-League Ambassadors in the league's history. In the summer of 2000, the Ambassadors participated in the Asian Basketball Association League, finishing with an 18-2 record and winning the league championship. In 2001, the D-League squad participated in the South American Club Championship in Brazil and Argentina and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Entering its seventh season, the NBA Development League – the NBA's minor league established to develop talent across all disciplines for the NBA – has relocated its headquarters from Greenville, S.C. to New York City to help foster the D-League's continued growth by giving it direct access to the support and resources of the NBA and WNBA. During the 2006-07 season, 19 NBA teams assigned 24 players to D-League rosters, and 14 NBA teams called-up 16 players (‘Gatorade Call-ups') while 31 D-League alumni participated in the NBA Playoffs. Additionally, every referee hired by the NBA since 2002 has worked in the D-League, while coaches, athletic trainers and front office executives are also being developed. The 2007-08 NBA season will also include the first-ever D-League coach to be promoted to the NBA with Sam Vincent taking over head coaching duties for the Charlotte Bobcats.

2007 NBA Development League Ambassadors

Number Player Pos. Height Weight Birthdate College
9 Lance Allred (Idaho) Center 6-11 270 2/2/81 Weber State
40 Eddy Fobbs (ABQ/SF) Forward/Center 6-11 235 9/17/80 Sam Houston State
32 Quemont Greer (Dakota) Forward 6-7 240 12/5/81 DePaul
12 Eugene "Pooh" Jeter (Colorado) Guard 5-11 175 12/2/83 Portland
7 Randy Livingston (Idaho) Guard 6-4 210 4/2/75 Louisiana State
42 Kevin Lyde (Dakota) Center 6-10 270 3/12/80 Temple
1 Renaldo Major (Dakota) Forward 6-6 190 5/7/82 Fresno State
14 Rick Rickert (Colorado) Forward/Center 6-11 235 2/11/83 Minnesota
23 Terrance Thomas (Fort Worth) Forward 6-6 230 12/29/80 Baylor
24 Clay Tucker (Arkansas) Guard 6-3 195 6/14/80 Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Head Coach: Larry Smith
Assistant Coach: Doug Marty
Athletics Trainer: Johan Wang

(All Times Local To China)
July 28, Guangzhou
3:30 p.m.: Angola vs. New Zealand
7 p.m.: China vs. Venezuela
9 p.m.: Slovenia vs. D-League Ambassadors

July 29, Guangzhou
3:30 p.m.: Venezuela vs. Angola
7 p.m.: China vs. Slovenia
9 p.m.: New Zealand vs. D-League Ambassadors

July 31, Macao
4 p.m.: D-League Ambassadors vs. Venezuela
7:30 p.m.: Angola vs. China
9:30 p.m.: Slovenia vs. New Zealand

Aug 1, Macao
4 p.m.: D-League Ambassadors vs. Angola
7:30 p.m.: New Zealand vs. China
9:30 p.m.: Venezuela vs. Slovenia

Aug 2, Macao
4 p.m.: Venezuela vs. New Zealand
7:30 p.m.: China vs. D-League Ambassadors
9:30 p.m.: Angola vs. Slovenia

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