Nov. 3, 2007
BOCA RATON, FL - The Tulsa 66ers made former Florida Atlantic University guard DeAndre Rice the 46th overall pick of the 2007 National Basketball Development League Draft, held Thursday night via teleconference at the league offices in New York City.
The Flint, MI native was selected with the fourth pick in the fourth round, becoming the first Owls player ever chosen in the seven-year history of the NBA's official developmental organization.
"I am very happy for DeAndre and the opportunity he has with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBDL," said Rex Walters, FAU men's basketball head coach. "Dre has an awful lot of ability and I have never coached a more skilled offensive player."
Rice was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference second team his senior year, setting a single-season record for three-point percentage (47.9%) while averaging a team-high 20.5 points per game. He scored 20 or more points in 10 of the 21 games he played, shooting over 50 percent from the floor on the season - an outstanding rate for a backcourt player.
Tulsa serves as the primary affiliate for three NBA clubs - the Dallas Mavericks, the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks.