The Dakota Wizards shipped one fan favorite out of town and let another one slip away during Thursday's D-League draft.
Although they kept it under wraps until after the draft was over, they pulled the trigger on a huge deal, trading long-time fan favorite Renaldo Major to the Bakersfield Jam.
The Wizards sent Major and the 12th overall pick, guard Osiris Eldridge of Illinois State, to Bakersfield. In return, they received forward Edwin Ubiles of Siena, the sixth overall pick, and Michigan State guard Travis Walton, the 41st pick.
"We are sad to see Renaldo go," said Kirk Lacob, the Wizards general manager and the director of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors, who now own the Wizards. "He's a symbol of the Dakota Wizards and did such a great job."
Former University of Mary All-American Anthony Moody was hoping to play with Dakota. That won't happen, but he will be staying in the Dakotas. The Sioux Falls Skyforce selected him in the fifth round, 67th overall.
"I'm ecstatic," Moody said. "Words can't even describe how I'm feeling right now."
The other player with local ties, former North Dakota State standout Michael Tveidt, was taken by the Iowa Energy in the fourth round, 58th overall. Tveidt, a 6-7 forward from Pierre, S.D., is 12th on NDSU's career scoring list with 1,408 points.
Lacob echoed what head coach Nate Bjorkgren said earlier in the week, that the Wizards had interest in both players, but that they were selected earlier than the Wizards expected.
"Maybe it was our mistake," Lacob said. "We underestimated the guys, or at least their perception. We knew they were pretty good."
Moody did express disappointment that the Wizards didn't select him.
"I worked out for them and thought it went well, so it hurts a little bit," Moody said. "But I'm glad that Sioux Falls had more interest in me."
Ubiles, a 6-foot-6, 205-pounder, played collegiately at Siena. He ended up third on the school's career scoring list with 1,939 points, averaging 14.8 per game for his career. Now 24, he helped Puerto Rico win the gold medal in the recent Pan Am games.
"I think he is a terrific all-around player," Lacob said. "... He was Puerto Rico's second-best player in the Pan Am games behind (Dallas Maverick guard) J.J. Barea, a former D-Leaguer who's now an NBA champion."
Last year's trade for Walter Sharpe left the Wizards without a second-round pick but with an extra selection in the third round. Along with the pick they netted in the Major trade, the Wizards had three choices in a span of six selections.
They took Walton with the first. Walton, a 6-2 guard, broke Magic Johnson's Michigan State record for assists in a career. He was also named the Big Ten defensive player of the year in 2009. He averaged 5.1 points per game as a senior in 2008-09.
"He can't really shoot, but a point guard doesn't have to shoot," Lacob said. "He has to be tough. He has to run the team. We think he has a chance to be real solid."
The Wizards took Andrew Gonzalez, a 6-6 forward out of Houston Baptist, next. He averaged 22.9 points per game there last season
"He's a scoring machine," Lacob said.
Next the Wizards selected another guard, Justin Johnson out of Concordia-Irvine (Calif.). Johnson was named the NAIA player of the year last season and was two-time conference player of the year.
"He can really defend, he's a team leader, and he's tough," Lacob said.
In the fourth round the Wizards took Darion "Jake" Anderson out of Iowa State. The 6-2 guard averaged 12.8 points per game last year.
Dakota chose Joe Harden in the fifth round. A forward who began his career at Notre Dame and finished it UC Davis, Harden averaged 14.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season.
"He hustles, he rebounds, and he's got a good mid-range game," Lacob said.
The Wizards selected forward Parrish West out of Alaska-Fairbanks in the sixth round. West led the nation's Division II teams in scoring at 27.2 per game.
In the seventh round Dakota went big, choosing Jawan Bailey of Incarnate Word. The 6-8 Bailey is primarily a shot-blocker.
With their final selection, the Wizards chose Bruce Price of Tennessee State.
Two former Wizards were drafted in the fifth round. Darren Cooper was taken by Portland with the 66th overall selection, one spot before Moody. Lawrence Westbrook went to Bakersfield with the 71st pick.
James Wright was taken in the sixth round by Idaho and Robert Diggs was picked in the seventh round by Los Angeles.
1. Los Angeles - Jamaal Tinsley, Iowa State. 2. Texas - Alando Tucker, Wisconsin. 3. Maine - Chris Wright, Dayton. 4. Sioux Falls - Gabe Pruitt, Southern California. 5. Texas - Jamal Sampson, California. 6. Bakersfield (traded to WIZARDS) - Edwin Ubiles, Siena. 7. Erie - Cory Higgins, Colorado. 8. Bakersfield - Nayal "Mac" Koshwal, DePaul. 9. Erie - Chris Daniels, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. 10. Fort Wayne - Cameron Jones, Northern Arizona. 11. Tulsa - Curtis Sumpter, Villanova. 12. WIZARDS (traded to Bakersfield) - Osiris Eldridge, Illinois State. 13. Bakersfield - Mustapha Farrakhan, Virginia. 14. Rio Grande Valley - Tyren Johnson, Lousiana-Lafayette. 15. Canton - Tyrell Biggs, Pittsburgh. 16. Tulsa - Gary Johnson, Texas.
17. Springfield - Jonathan Thomas, Marshall. 18. Texas - Jake Kelley, Indiana State. 19. Rio Grande Valley - Ashton Mitchell, Sam Houston State. 20. Reno - Cedric Bozeman, UCLA. 21. Tulsa - Dwight Buycks, Marquette. 22. Fort Wayne - Anthony Johnson, Montana. 23. Idaho - Jason Ellis, Boise State. 24. Maine - Durrell Summers, Michigan State. 25. Idaho - Kevin Galloway, Texas Southern. 26. Iowa - Brandon Ewing, Wyoming. 27. Iowa - Dominic Calegari, California-Davis. 28. Erie - Taj McCullough, Winthrop. 29. Maine - Mike Tisdale, Illinois. 30. Austin - Tristan Thompson, North Texas. 31. Los Angeles - AnthonyGurley, Massachusetts.
32. Los Angeles - Eniel Polynice, Seton Hall. 33. Tulsa - Brady Morningstar, Kansas. 34. Maine - Charles Okwandu, Connecticut. 35. Sioux Falls - Casey Mitchell, West Virginia. 36. Texas - Lawrence Hill, Stanford. 37. Iowa - Jarrid Famous, South Florida. 38. Erie - Mychel Thompson, Pepperdine. 39. Bakersfield - Justin Graham, San Jose State. 40. Idaho - Kendall Dartez, Louisville. 41. Bakersfield - Travis Walton, Michigan State. 42. Tulsa - Evan Fjeld, Vermont. 43. WIZARDS - Andrew Gonzalez, Houston Baptist. 44. Idaho - Cheyne Gadson, Oklahoma State. 45. Rio Grande Valley - Greg Washington, Hofstra. 46. WIZARDS - Justin Johnson, Concordia-Irvine. 47. Springfield - Dennis Horner, North Carolina State.
48. Springfield - Chris Taft, Pittsburgh. 49. Canton - T.J. Campbell, Portland. 50. Rio Grande Valley - Pooh Williams, Utah State. 51. Reno - Donald Sims, Appalachian State. 52. WIZARDS - Darion "Jake" Anderson, Iowa State. 53. Tulsa - Larriques "Rico" Cunningham, Lee. 54. Iowa - Nick Murphy, Jacksonville State. 55. Idaho - Eric Devendorf, Syracuse. 56. Bakersfield - David Palmer,. Northern Kentucky. 57. Erie - Tirrell Baines, Marshall. 58. Iowa - Michael Tveidt, North Dakota State. 59. Texas - Vance Cooksey, Pikeville. 60. Sioux Falls - Billy McShepard, Valdosta State. 61. Maine - Sadiel Rojas, Oklahoma Wesleyan. 62. Austin - Omar Reed, Bluefield. 63. Los Angeles - Brandon Rozzell, Virginia Commonwealth.
64. Los Angeles - Courtney Fortson, Arkansas. 65. Austin - Soloman Bozeman, Arkansas-Little Rock. 66. Maine - Darren Cooper, Portland. 67. Sioux Falls - Anthony Moody, U-Mary. 68. Texas - Josh Southern, Boston College. 69. Iowa - Carlton Fay, Southern Illinois. 70. Erie - Al Nolen, Minnesota. 71. Bakersfield - Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota. 72. Idaho - Courtney Pigram, East Tennessee State. 73. Fort Wayne - Justin Neuhaus, Colorado Christian. 74. Tulsa - Byron Eaton, Oklahoma State. 75. WIZARDS - Joe Harden, California-Davis. 76. Reno - Augustine Okosun, Northwood. 77. Rio Grande Valley - Willie Veasley, Butler. 78. Canton - Tyrone Kent, Toledo. 79. Springfield - Brandon Bush, Texas State-San Marcos.
80. Springfield - Marcus E. Hill, Minnesota State-Mankato. 81. Canton - Travis Franklin, Colorado State. 82. Rio Grande Valley - Joshua E. Jones, Husson. 83. Reno - Roderick Flemings, Hawaii. 84. WIZARDS - Parrish West, Alaska-Fairbanks. 85. Tulsa - Brian Barkdoll, Northwest Nazarene. 86. Fort Wayne -Jabril Banks, Northern Colorado. 87. Idaho - James Wright, Colorado. 88. Bakersfield - Perry Stevenson, Kentucky. 89. Erie - Adrian Bowie, Maryland. 90. Iowa - Thomas Baudinet, St. Anselm. 91. Texas - Ryan Anderson, Nebraska. 92. Sioux Falls - Will Pratt, Northwestern State. 93. Texas - Anthony Vereen, Texas-Arlington. 94. Austin - Myles McKay, Wisconsin-Whitewater. 95. Los Angeles - Franklin Session, California State-Los Angeles.
96. Los Angeles - Robert Diggs, George Washington. 97. Austin - Dan Vandervieren, Concordia. 98. Reno - Calvin Haynes, Oregon State. 99. Sioux Falls - Brian Evans, Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi. 100. Texas - Derek Williams, Southern Methodist. 101. Iowa - Jason Westrol, Bentley. 102. Reno - Bobby Howard, Montana State. 103. Bakersfield - Nick Covington, Oklahoma City. 104. Idaho - Desmond Blue, Lee. 105. Fort Wayne - Brian Wanamaker, Texas Wesleyan. 106. Tulsa - Maze Stallworth, Morehead State. 107. WIZARDS - Jawan Bailey, Incarnate Word. 108. Reno - Joseph Kennerly III, Central Oklahoma. 109. Rio Grande Valley - Tron Smith, St. Mary's. 110. Canton - Harry Marshall, Indiana State. 111. Springfield -Michael Sturns, Holy Family.
112. Springfield - Akeem Bennett, St. Francis. 113. Canton - Jonathan Blake, Texas Wesleyan. 114. Rio Grande Valley - Justin Tubbs, East Tennessee State. 115. Reno - Reuben Clayton, Tennessee-Martin. 116. WIZARDS - Bruce Price, Tennessee State. 117. Tulsa - Xavier Alexander, Southern Nazarene. 118. Fort Wayne - Dauntae Williams, Central Oklahoma. 119. Idaho - Dwain Williams, Hawaii. 120. Bakersfield - Juma Kamara, Portland State. 121. Erie - Jamael Lynch, Masschusetts-Lowell. 122. Austin - James Lewis, Fresno Pacific. 123. Texas - Collin Mangum, Southern Methodist. 124. Sioux Falls - Brock Gillespie, Rice. 125. Maine - Jonathan Dupre, Pepperdine. 126. Austin - Jerel Hastings, Albany. 127. Los Angeles - Troy Payne, Santa Clara.
NOTE: The second round had only 15 selections. The Dakota Wizards traded their 2011 second-round pick to the Utah Flash, which is on hiatus for 2011-12.