An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Local alums in the D-League update
About a month ago, we took a look at New York college alums currently playing in the NBA D-League.
Of the nine players we profiled, seven are still in the league. There's also a new local face playing in the D-League: Syracuse alum Eric Devendorf.
Two local stars -- Jeff Foote and Edwin Ubiles -- were also named to the NBA D-League All-Star Game, which will air at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25.
Here's how the local stars have fared the last 29 days, and what happened to David Akinyooye (Adelphi) and Loren Stokes (Hofstra):
Antoine Agudio, Hofstra, Canton Charge
Agudio dropped 20 points on Saturday for the first time since Dec. 17. He's played between 27 and 36 minutes each of his past eight games coming off the bench for Canton, averaging 11.3 points on 54.7 percent from the floor and a sky-high 61.5 percent from three.
David Akinyooye, Adelphi
Springfield waived Akinyooye on Jan. 20 to make room for Dennis Horner. Akinyooye, who was in his first season in the D-League, played in 18 games, averaging 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game.
Justin Brownlee, St. John's, Maine Red Claws
Brownlee has struggled lately, scoring in double digits just twice since Jan. 14. He's been ice cold from three, shooting just 5-for-29 since Jan. 7, and his scoring average has dipped from 12.1 points to 9.6 points in the last month.
Eric Devendorf, Syracuse, Reno Bighorns
Devendorf is the lone new name on this list, signing with Reno in mid-January shortly after being waived by the Idaho Stampede. The Syracuse alum is averaging 8.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in eight games with Reno, nearly identical numbers to what he put up in 13 games with Idaho. Devendorf scored 15 points on Feb. 6, his highest total with Reno, in 21 minutes.
Paul Harris, Syracuse, Maine Red Claws
After 18 days on the sideline battling a back injury, Harris returned to action on Jan. 29 against Reno. Harris was red hot to start the season, but out of rhythm for a while due to the injury. The last two games, his production has picked up, including a 19-point game against Erie in just 23 minutes on Feb. 10. For the season, Harris is averaging 12.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Jeff Foote, Cornell, Sprinfield Armor
Foote is one of two local college alums selected to play in the NBA D-League All-Star Game. He's currently sixth in the league in rebounding among players who have appeared in at least 20 games, averaging 8.2 per game. Foote also has a pair of 20-point games in the last month, including a season-high 26 against Dakota on Jan. 21.
D.J. Kennedy, St. John's, Erie Bayhawks
Kennedy has been one of the most consistent players for Erie, ranked 20th in the league in efficiency (17.3) among players to have played in at least 20 games. On Sunday, Kennedy had a streak of 16 straight games scoring in double digits snapped. He had a pair of monstrous games in back-to-back days at the end of January, hanging 13 points and 15 rebounds on Sioux Falls on Jan. 27, and then 19 points and 14 rebounds against the same team the following day.
Anthony Mason, St. John's, Sioux Falls Skyforce
While he's not scoring at as high of a clip as the beginning of the season, Mason is still contributing for Sioux Falls on offense. He has scored in double-figures three out of four games in February, including a 16-point, seven-rebound game against Springfield on Feb. 2. Mason is averaging 16.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this season.
Loren Stokes, Hofstra
Two games after being acquired by the Canton Charge in a trade from the Erie Bayhawks, Stokes asked the team to waive him due to personal reasons. Stokes didn't play in either game that he was on Canton's roster. In 15 games with Erie earlier this year, Stokes averaged 6.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Edwin Ubiles, Siena, Dakota Wizards
The former Siena star is the second New York college alum that was named to the NBA D-League All-Star game. Ubiles continues to lead all local players in scoring, averaging 21.0 points per game. He has been on fire his last three games, scoring 32, 22 and 27 against Sioux Falls, Iowa and Erie, respectively. In the game against Sioux Falls, a 112-103 win, Ubiles also registered his second double-double of the season, adding 10 rebounds.