ELMHURST, Ill . – The weekend's NBA G League Draft included the selection of a pair of former Summit League standouts. Tra-Deon Hollins (Omaha) went in the first round, 21st overall, while Tre Burnette (South Dakota) was selected with the 14th selection of the fourth round.
Hollins, a two-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Year (2016, 2017), will join the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, an affiliate of the Indiana Pacers. Hollins led the NCAA with 3.97 steals per game during the 2015-16 campaign while setting a league single-season record with 127 total steals. His 235 career steals mark the highest two-year total in Summit League history and his 3.67 steals per game are a league record by 0.49.
Burnette, who averaged 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in two seasons at South Dakota, was selected by the Sioux Falls Skyforce, an affiliate of the Miami Heat. In 2015-16, Burnette averaged a career-best 13.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists with the Coyotes.
Notable Summit Leaguers in G League history include Keith Benson (former NBA Draft Choice, currently with the Skyforce), Frank Gaines (2013-14 Most Improved Player), and Ron Howard (2013-14 co-MVP and former all-time leading scorer).
The NBA G League, formerly the NBA Development League or NBA D-League, is the NBA's official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers and front office staff for the NBA while acting as the league's research and development laboratory. The league began play as the NBA Development League beginning with the 2001-02 season. It enters its 17th season in 2017-18 after being renamed the NBA G League. There are 26 NBA G League teams for the 2017-18 season, each singly affiliated with an NBA team.
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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League finished with an all-time best No. 14 Sagarin Rating, achieved its sixth consecutive league top-20 RPI finish. The Summit League sent three teams to the postseason for the sixth straight year, highlighted by the deepest postseason tournament run since 2012. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships again posted record-setting attendance figures, posting new marks for overall and session attendance. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.