UW-Green Bay alumnus and former men’s basketball player Alfonzo McKinnie ’15 has signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers to a multi-year contract. “Over his three-year NBA career, the Green Bay Phoenix product owns career averages of 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game over 121 career contests (six starts) with the Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.” More via Cavaliers Sign Alfonzo McKinnie to Multi-Year Contract | Cleveland Cavaliers.
Former Phoenix basketball star Keifer Sykes was released by the San Antonio Spurs as the NBA team’s preseason came to an end. Sykes said he would sign with the Spurs’ NBA D-League affiliate in Austin (Tex.), in hopes of being called back to next year’s camp when it is expected the team will have fewer guaranteed contracts and more open roster spots. Horizon League fans will note that among the guards the Spurs kept was former Detroit Titans star Ray McCallum Jr., a three-year NBA vet.
After missing seven months following summer shoulder surgery, former and current Phoenix player (fans know what we mean) Alec Brown made his NBA D-League debut earlier this week with the Suns’ affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. Brown had 6 points and 5 blocks in his team’s win over the Laker’s farm team. For a short highlight reel.
Former Phoenix standout Alec Brown is scheduled to make his debut on Tuesday night (Feb. 17) when he suits up for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League against the Los Angeles D-Fenders at 9 p.m. CST. Brown, a May 2014 graduate, was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. The 7-footer appeared in five games for the Suns during the NBA Summer League before suffering a shoulder injury requiring surgery. He signed to play the 2014-15 season for a team in Spain’s top league, but his contract has an opt-out for an NBA chance. If Brown makes ‘The Show,’ he’d be the fourth former Phoenix to do so: Jeff Nordgaard and Logan VanderVelden, mid-1990s Phoenix who had short roster stays with the Milwaukee Bucks and L.A. Clippers, respectively, and all-time leading scorer Tony Bennett, Class of 1992, whose Charlotte Hornets career ended due to injury after three seasons. For more on Brown.