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Former Tribe Standout Makes NBA D-League Opening Day Roster
Updated: Saturday 11/22/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Former William and Mary men's basketball standout Danny Sumner earned a spot on the opening day roster for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. After being selected in the eighth round of the 2012 NBA D-League Draft (124th overall), Sumner outlasted a training camp roster of 17 players in earning one of 10 opening-day roster spots for the BayHawks.

Sumner becomes the second W&M player, along with 2009 graduate Alex Smith, to earn a spot on an opening-day NBA Development League roster. Smith earned a spot on the Reno Bighorns roster in 2010 after being selected in the sixth round of the NBA D-League Draft by the franchise. Sumner is one of four former CAA players named to opening day rosters and one of 10 former Virginia collegiate players now in the NBA D-League.

Erie's season opener is Friday, Nov. 23, against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7:30 p.m. in Ft. Wayne, Ind. The BayHawks will begin their home slate on Saturday, Dec. 1, against division foe Canton. On Nov. 20, the NBA and YouTube announced a partnership that will see 350 NBA D-League games streamed on through the YouTube media player. Click HERE to view Sumner and the BayHawks' opening night game at Ft. Wayne (7:30 p.m. tip-off).

In his first two professional seasons aboard, Sumner spent time with four different organizations. He signed his first professional contract with Karhu Kauhajoki of the Korisliga League in Finland to start the 2010-11 season, before finishing the year in the Canadian NBL with the Halifax Rainmen. Sumner spent the first part of the 2011-12 season with the VGB 1900 Giessen Pointers in the German Pro B league, where he average 16.6 points per game in 14 contest. He finished the year in the Iceland First Division, helping UMF Skallagrimur Borganes to the league championship as he scored 26 points in the title game. Sumner also had three workouts with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks following his senior season at W&M.

Sumner graduated from the College among the program's top 25 all-time in scoring with 1,146 points. A three-year starter, he averaged in double figures each of his final three seasons, helping the Tribe to CAA Championship Game appearances in 2008 and 2010. Sumner was a two-time CAA All-Championship team selection during his career and captained the Green and Gold to its second-ever postseason appearance in the National Invitational Tournament in 2010. A member of one of the winningest senior classes in school history, he also finished his career among the program's top 10 in 3-pointers made per game and games played.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 27 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA.

The NBA D-League season is made up of 50 regular-season games plus a postseason and runs from November to April. The league consisted of 16 teams during the 2012-13 season: Austin Toros, Bakersfield Jam, Canton Charge, Erie BayHawks, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Idaho Stampede, Iowa Energy, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Maine Red Claws, Reno Bighorns, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Santa Cruz Warriors, Springfield Armor, Texas Legends and Tulsa 66ers.

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