Two former Mid-American Conference basketball playersOhios Shaun Stonerook and Northern Illinois T.J. Lux--were selected in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) 2000 Draft on Tuesday, September 19.
Shaun Stonerook was the first former MAC player selected in the draft, selected by the Connecticut Pride in the sixth round, the 56th 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).
Stonerook posted the third-best rebounding season in school with 387 to rank third in the nation, while ranking second nationally with 22 double-doubles. He was recognized twice during the season as MAC Defensive Player of the Week, while earning first-team All-MAC, MAC All-Tournament and NABC All-District second team honors. He also received Ohio's Jim Snyder Award which is given to the player who embodies the spirit of Coach Snyder and what he stood for in character, scholastic achievement, sportsmanship and attitude.
T.J. Lux from Northern Illinois was picked first in the seventh round, 61st overall, by Gary, IN, after playing in Europe at the end of his collegiate career. A CBA expansion team in 2000-01, the Gary Steelheads starts their initial season with head coach Frank Kendrick at the helm.
A native of Merrillville, IN, Lux completed his Huskie career with a school-record 1,976 points and 1,110 rebounds in 116 appearances during 1995-2000. In December, the three-time Northern Illinois captain and MVP was named on Playboy's preseason First-Team All-America unit and the national Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. He was also selected First-Team All-Mid-American Conference and Second-Team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District.
"It's great that I got drafted by Gary," Lux said. "It's near my hometown which is a very big positive. Right now it's up in the air. With the NBA as a potential next step from the CBA, it's definitely an option, but there is a bit of an earnings difference with the Italian team."
"If I am going to play in the CBA, I want to play for Gary since it's near my home," Lux added. "I have a little bit of time to think about it. The team in Italy has been very patient and Gary hasn't pressed me for a decision either. Coach Kendrick told me to take my time and let them know when I make my decision."