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Stuff Picks Davis in IBL Draft

July 20, 1999

BALTIMORE (AP) _ The Cincinnati Stuff made Devin Davis the top pick in the inaugural International Basketball League draft on Monday.

The new developmental league consists of eight teams which will begin a 64-game schedule in November. They drafted six rounds of players Monday, while the seventh through 24th rounds will be made Tuesday.

``This league has gone from an idea to a solid entity,″ CEO Arthur R. Cipriani Jr. said before announcing the top pick. ``We are on target for success.″

Most of the players chosen were former college stars who have been playing in the Continental Basketball Association or for foreign teams, but a few boast NBA experience.

Davis, a 6-foot-7, 225-pounder out of Miami of Ohio, played in Spain last year. He played for Idaho of the CBA during the 1997-98 season and began last year with a team in the Philippines.

The third-leading scorer in Miami history with 1,828 points, Davis earned first-team All-MAC honors three consecutive seasons. He averaged 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds during his collegiate career.

The St. Louis Swarm selected Robert Werdann, a 6-11 center from St. John’s as the No. 2 pick and the Richmond Rhythm made James Blackwell, a 6-1 guard out of Dartmouth, the third pick.

Jermaine Ousley and former San Antonio Spur Lloyd Daniels rounded out the top five selections.

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