Three Former MAC Basketball Players selected in ABA Draft

Updated 8/16/2000
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    Three former Mid-American Conference basketball players were selected in the American Basketball Association (ABA) 2000 Draft Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. ABA 2000 is a 10-team professional league that begins its first season in November, with franchises in Albany, N.Y., Anaheim, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

    Shaun Stonerook was the first former MAC player selected in the draft, selected by the Tampa Bay Thunder Dawgs in the third round, the 28th overall pick in the draft. Stonerook finished his career at Ohio University as a first team All-MAC selection, leading the league in rebounding (11.7 rpg), ranking sixth in assists (4.24 apg), eighth in steals and 12th in scoring (15.7 ppg).

    Joining Stonerook in Tampa is MAC Player of the Year Anthony Stacey of Bowling Green. Stacey was a fifth round selection (48th pick overall) following a 1999-2000 season in which he led BGSU to a MAC regular-season championship and NIT berth, averaging 17.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. In addition to finishing seventh in the league in scoring and 17th in rebounding, Stacey was seventh in field goal percentage (46.1%), fifth in free throw percentage (77.6%) and fifth in steals (1.86 per game).

    Casey Shaw, who graduated from Toledo in 1998, was taken as the 90th overall pick in the 9th round of the draft. Shaw was a second round draft selection of the NBAs Philadelphia 76ers and has been playing in Europe for Cantu, Italy. Shaw finished his career as fourth all-time leading scorer and fifth-leading rebounder in Toledo history, ranking sixth in Rocket history with a .545 field goal percentage. He posted 28 double-doubles and blocked 112 shots during his collegiate career in which he started in 112 consecutive games.

    Every ABA 2000 team will head into training camp with at least 35 players on the roster. By the beginning of the season, each team must cut their squad down to 15 players. The league will allow each team to have a 12 man active roster, with a 3 man taxi squad.