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Former Gamecock Amadou Mbodji Taken in NBA D-League Draft

NEW YORK – Former Jacksonville State forward Amadou Mbodji was selected by the Utah Flash in the seventh round of Monday's NBA Development League Draft.

Mbodji, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound post player from Dakar, Senegal, was the eighth pick of the seventh round of the draft, which consisted of eight rounds of 16 picks each. Mbodji was the first of two former Ohio Valley Conference players taken, going eight picks ahead of former Tennessee Tech star Willie Jenkins.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to try and take my skills to the next level," Mbodji said. "Jacksonville State was a great place for me and is definitely a big reason why I am where I am today. I have a lot of work to do, but with a lot of hard work and dedication, I am confident that I can make the most of this opportunity."

Mbodji, a four-year letterwinner for the Gamecocks from 2006-10, is the school's career blocks leader with 162 and is second on JSU's Division I rebounding list. His .533 career field goal percentage is eighth in JSU's Div. I history, while his 104 games played rank sixth in school history.

As a senior in 2009-10, Mbodji ranked third in the OVC in blocks with 1.8 per game, while his .566 field goal percentage ranked fourth in the league. He averaged 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, which was eighth-best in the conference.

Former Gamecock Walker Russell is also in the NBA's D-League, returning to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants this season after a year overseas. Russell, who played point guard for the Gamecocks from 2003-06, set the D-League's single-season record for assists in 2008-09.

Mbodji will report to the Flash, which are based in Orem, Utah. Complete Rosters of the 16 2010-11 NBA D-League teams will be comprised of the players drafted on Monday along with returning, affiliated and local tryout players. Rosters will be reduced from 17 players to opening-day 10-man rosters by Nov. 18 in anticipation of the Nov. 18 tip off of the league's 10th season.

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