LEMOND: Update on former Wildcats

Cliff Hawkins is red hot in the NBDL

As of mid-February, there were 12 former Kentucky Wildcats on NBA rosters, but they aren't the only former Cats who are playing professional basketball in the United States. There are three former Kentucky Wildcats playing in the NBA's developmental league - the NBDL.

Erik Daniels and Cliff Hawkins are teammates with the Fayetteville Patriots. Daniels is fifth in the league in scoring at 18.2 points per game and also fifth in rebounding at 8.6 boards a game.

He has started 22 of the Patriots 23 games, and has a high game of 26 points. Daniels spent all of last season with the Sacramento Kings.

Hawkins has played in just 14 games with the Patriots, but he is one of the hottest players in the league. Hawkins recently had a double / double with 28 points, 10 assists and added 6 steals for Fayetteville.

He's started six games, and is averaging 9.5 points and over 5.5 assists per game, which is sixth in the league.

Also playing in the NBDL is Kelenna Azubuike. Azubuike plays for the Fort Worth Flyers. He's only started two games, but he's averaging over 10 points and almost four rebounds a game. Azubuike spent time last summer on the Cleveland Cavaliers summer league team, but is only shooting 28% from 3-point land for the Flyers.

Chuck Hayes still leads the NBDL in rebounds per game at 12.2, although he has been playing for the Houston Rockets since January 18th.

Finally, Antwain Barbour is having a great season playing for the Yakama Sunkings in the Canadian Basketball League - the CBA. Barbour is sixth in th league in scoring at 20.7 points a game, and is third in the league in 3-point percentage at 46%. He has played in all 33 games for the Sunkings.

The 12 former Cats currently playing in the NBA are Antoine Walker and Gerald Fitch with the Miami Heat, Hayes, Derek Anderson and Keith Bogans with the Houston Rockets, Jamaal Magloire with the Milwaukee Bucks, Tony Delk with the Atlanta Hawks, Nazr Mohammed with the San Antonio Spurs, Tayshaun Prince with the Detroit Pistons, Scott Padgett with the New Jersey Nets, Walter McCarty with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Michael Bradley with the Philadelphis 76ers.

Ron Mercer and Mark Pope are not currently on an NBA roster.



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