When the Dakota Wizards traded for Edwin Ubiles, they felt they were getting a special player. That decision was validated one more time when Ubiles was named to the D-League’s first-team on Wednesday.
Ubiles was joined on the first team by former Wizard Blake Ahearn. Dakota’s Stefhon Hannah and Marcus Dove were honorable mention selections. Renaldo Major, whom the Wizards traded to Bakersfield for Ubiles, also was honorable mention.
Ubiles, who had already been named rookie of the year, was named to the all-rookie first team. Hannah, who had previously been named defensive player of the year, made first-team all-defense, along with Dove.
Ubiles is the fourth Wizard to earn first-team all-league honors in the D-League. Renaldo Major, whom Ubiles was traded for, was selected in 2007, Ahearn made it in 2009, and Chris Johnson was selected last year.
Ubiles, a 6-6 forward out of Siena, averaged 19.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He received an NBA call-up from the Washington Wizards in March.
“Edwin had a great year and has the tools and skill to be an NBA player,” Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “He is a top rookie prospect that has a bright future in front of him.”
Hannah averaged 18.4 points and 4.8 assists in 29 games with the Wizards and was second in the league in steals (2.1).
“It’s an honor to coach Stef. He’s tough, competes and wants to win,” Bjorkgren said. “He’s an outstanding player who has the ability to change a game.”
Dove, who also played for the Wizards in 2009-10, returned to Bismarck after a year overseas. He averaged 14.2 points on 61.4 percent shooting. He also averaged 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks.
“Marcus competes every day and his toughness and will to win set the tone for the rest of our team,” Bjorkgren said. “He keeps getting closer and closer to an NBA roster.”
Ahearn, who became the D-Leauge’s all-time career scoring leader this season with 3,804 points, averaged 23.8 points per game for the Reno Bighorns. During his time with the Wizards, Ahearn was a second-team all-league choice in 2008 and a first-teamer in 2009. Ahearn is currently with the Utah Jazz.
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First team: Edwin Ubiles, WIZARDS. Blake Ahearn, Reno. Justin Dentmon, Austin. Malcolm Thomas, Los Angeles. Greg Smith, Rio Grande Valley.
Second team: Courtney Fortson, Los Angeles. Elijah Millsap, Los Angeles. Eric Dawson, Austin. Marcus Lewis, Tulsa. Jeff Foote, Springfield.
Third team: Morris Almond, Maine. Jerry Smith, Springfield. Brandon Costner, Los Angeles. Dennis Horner, Springfield. Sean Williams, Texas.
Honorable mention: Stefhon Hannah, WIZARDS. Marcus Dove, WIZARDS. Renaldo Major, Bakersfield. JamesOn Curry, Springfield. Andre Emmett, Reno. Mike Efevberha, Iowa. Zach Andrews, Los Angeles. D.J. Kennedy, Erie. Ryan Reid, Tulsa. Mikki Moore, Idaho.
First team: Edwin Ubiles, WIZARDS. Dwight Buycks, Tulsa. Cameron Jones, Fort Wayne. Malcolm Thomas, Los Angeles. Greg Smith, Rio Grande Valley.
Second team: Mustapha Farrakhan, Bakersfield. Kyle Gibson, Canton. D.J. Kennedy, Erie. Mychel Thompson, Erie. Jamie Vanderbeken, Bakersfield.
First team: Stefhon Hannah, WIZARDS. Marcus Dove, WIZARDS. Jerry Smith, Springfield. Malcolm Thomas, Los Angeles. Sean Williams, Texas.
Second team: Jerome Dyson, Tulsa. Courtney Fortson, Los Angeles. Marcus Lewis, Tulsa. Larry Owens, Tulsa. Mikki Moore, Idaho.