Chosen By The Los Angeles D-Fenders
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Travis Pinick, a two-time All-Ivy selection for the Yale men's basketball team, was selected in the eighth round of the 2009 NBA D-League Draft by the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Pinick will head to the D-Fenders camp on Wednesday, looking to earn one of 10 roster spots.
"I'm excited for the opportunity and confident I can make the team," Pinick said.
The D-Fenders train at the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility and play their home games at the Staples Center.
At Yale, Pinick finished his outstanding career fifth in school history in career field goal percentage (.532) and tied for eighth in career steals (123). He missed only one game in his four years and scored 826 points and grabbed 518 rebounds. As a senior, he was a second team All-Ivy selection after finishing second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.560), fifth in steals (1.4 per game), sixth in assists (2.9 per game) and seventh in rebounding (5.7 rpg.). He shot .634 from the field in Ivy games, which was the best percentage in the league. In addition, he was the recipient of the George McReynolds Award as team's top defender. In two games against Dartmouth he held Ivy League Player of the Year Alex Barnett to 9-for-37 shooting from the field and 12.5 points per game, nearly seven below his league-leading average. Pinick also was a second team All-Ivy selection as a junior when he led the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg.), was second in steals (48) and assists (60) and fourth in scoring (7.7 rpg.).
"Playing at Yale taught me to be a smart player," Pinick said. "In the Ivy League every possession is valued and every plays counts, so it's important to execute on offense. The D-Fenders run the triangle offense, and it takes smart, intelligent players to run it. I hope to carry the tactics and principles I learned at Yale to the professional level.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity