CORPUS CHRISTI – A pair of former Islanders were selected in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft on Thursday, Nov. 3. Chris Daniels (2004-08) went to the Erie Bayhawks with the ninth overall pick and Brian Evans (2000-04) went to the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the seventh round.
Daniels, who had been projected as a potential first-overall pick, has been playing professionally in Korea for most of his career. He is the Islanders' all-time leading scorer with 1,407 points in his time with the team and is second in rebounds with 842. He was the 2007 Southland Player of the Year after leading the team to the conference title and the only appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history.
Evans played both 2008-09 and 2009-10 with the Iowa Energy of the NBDL. He was one of the top players in the early years of the program, and his 1,274 points are still third in school history. He is also the all-time Islanders leader in assists and free throws.
Among the more recent Islanders in the NBDL, Kevin Palmer (2008-10) played last season for the Austin Toros, where he averaged 12.7 points and five rebounds. He elected to sign a deal to play in Japan for the 2011-12 season.
The 2011-12 Islanders men's basketball season tips off on Saturday, Nov. 5, with an exhibition against Incarnate Word at the American Bank Center at 7 p.m. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi opens its regular season on Friday, Nov. 11, at Oklahoma State in Stillwater.