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Former Ohio Valley Conference stars Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington are two of 20 players named to the NBA Development League All-Star Game.

The eighth annual game will be played on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Sprint Arena inside NBA All-Star Jam Session at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The game will air live on NBA TV at 2 p.m. ET.

Canaan is averaging 21.5 points and 8.1 assists per game in 17 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He has also appeared in five games with the Houston Rockets.

Covington is averaging 21 points and 8.8 rebounds per game also with the Vipers. He has also appeared in four games with the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

“We’re excited to bring 20 top young NBA prospects to New Orleans to compete as NBA D-League All-Stars,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA D-League. “The NBA D-League All-Star Game is not only an excellent opportunity for the League’s bright young talent to showcase their talents, but gives basketball fans from around the country the chance to watch up-and-coming NBA players in the midst of NBA All-Star festivities.”

The field of 20 players was selected by a vote of the NBA D-League’s 17 head coaches and was divided into two teams by League officials. Players were eligible to be selected based on having played in at least half of their team’s games through Jan. 26.  Each player must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the NBA D-League All-Star Game in order to compete.

C – Hilton Armstrong (Santa Cruz)
G – Seth Curry (Santa Cruz)
C – Dewayne Dedmon (Santa Cruz)
G – Manny Harris (Los Angeles)*
F – Justin Hamilton (Sioux Falls)
G – Pierre Jackson (Idaho)
F – Kevin Jones (Canton)
G – DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls)
F – Malcolm Thomas (Los Angeles)*
F – Chris Wright (Maine)

Head Coach: Steve Hetzel (Canton)

G – Isaiah Canaan (Rio Grande Valley)*
F – Robert Covington (Rio Grande Valley)*

G – Troy Daniels (Rio Grande Valley)
F – Ike Diogu (Bakersfield)
F – Devin Ebanks (Texas)
F – Melvin Ely (Texas)
G – Ron Howard (Fort Wayne)
F – Othyus Jeffers (Iowa)
G – Christapher Johnson (Rio Grande Valley)*
C – Jarvis Varnado (Iowa)

Head Coach: Nevada Smith (Rio Grande Valley)


Press Release Provided By The Ohio Valley Conference

  1. Jonathan Scott:
    I'm to see that Canaan & Covington are doing well, but Mchale needs to let Canaan get some quality minutes on the floor in Houston
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