Toros add height, best name ever in draft

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Before November 1, the Austin Toros had just one player over 6–8 on their roster.

Then they got a whole lot bigger.

With the 12th overall pick, the Toros selected Kyle Hunt, a 6–9 forward who most recently played in Uruguay for Club Atletico Olimpia Montevideo. In 17 games he averaged 18.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and one steal per game on 58.7% shooting.

Before playing professional ball Hunt graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma averaging 17.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

At 228 pounds, Hunt can back down most power forwards deep into the lane for an easy score. His strength allows him to easily finish at the rim and be active on the boards, particularly rebounding his own missed shot.

His quick hands allow him to catch any pass in the post and also quickly swat away shots on the other end of the floor.

This is a smart pick for a team that needs to improve their size, rebounding numbers and have some muscle in the paint, but the Toros didn’t stop there.

In the third round they selected Chief Kickingstallionsims with the 12th pick.

As if his name wasn’t enough reason to draft him, he is listed at 7-1, 265 pounds.

Last season the seven-footer played internationally for BC Timba Timisoara, averaging 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 20.1 minutes per game. After transferring from Stetson University, he played collegiately at Alabama State for two years with underwhelming stats (8 ppg, 5 rpg).

The other big men drafted were Keith Chamberlain in the fourth round, 6-9, and Blake Thompson in the seventh round, 7-0.

The Toros not only added these four big men, but also two guards and a swingman.

Cameron Bennerman, a guard out of NC State, was chosen in the second round.

Listed at 6–4, he has played in Italy, Spain, Argentina, Turkey and Poland. The journeyman also had stints with the Phoenix Suns in 2007 and the D-League in 2009. Last season he averaged 11.2 points per game on 52% field goal shooting in Turkey.

Michael Sturns (6-5, 210, Holy Family) and Yan Moukoury (6-7, 225, Brewton Parker) were taken in the fifth and sixth round, respectively.

Recap:

Round Player Height Weight
1 Kyle Hunt 6-8 230
2 Cameron Bennerman 6-4 205
3 Chief Kickingstallionsims 7-1 265
4 Keith Chamberlain 6-9 240
5 Michael Sturns 6-5 205
6 Yan Moukourov 6-7 225
7 Blake Thompson 7-0 235
8 N/A

 

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