Dairese Gary Selected in First Round of D-League Draft
Nov. 2, 2012
New York, N.Y. --- Former Lobo great Dairese Gary was selected by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the first round of the annual NBA Developmental League Draft. Gary was the 16th and final selection of the opening round of the seven-round draft, and he was traded about an hour later to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Last season, the Mad Ants went just 14-36, finishing with the worst record in the D-League. They are coached by Steve Gansey, a former player at Cleveland State and Ashland. Gansey is just 27 years old. The Mad Ants have NBA affiliations with the Charlotte Bobcats, The Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. Last year Darington Hobson, Gary's former teammate, spent time with the Mad Ants, playing in eight games and averaging 10.6 points per game.
Gary left UNM in 2011 as the school's all-time leader in wins by a scholarship player with 98. He led UNM to a 30-win season in 2009-10, and in his final season with UNM, he led the team with a 14.1 scoring average and 182 assists.
"It feels good to be a member of the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants," said Gary. "And it feel s great be able to play basketball again, especially for my home state and in front of my family."
Gary is 13th in career scoring at New Mexico with 1,458 points, and he ranks in the career top 10 in free throws made (2nd, 537), free throws attempted (3rd, 715), assists (4th, 564), and steals (8th, 162).
"We are very excited for Dairese," said New Mexico head coach Steve Alford. "He has waited over a year for this opportunity and we are optimistic he will fully take advantage of this situation."
Here is what the D-League's official website says about Gary in its page `I Know You...But From Where".
"Dairese Gary is one of the players that helped put New Mexico basketball back on the map. He was the team's starting point guard during the Lobos' 30-win season in 2009-10 and he was honored by being named First-Team All-Mountain West and part of the All-Defensive Team in both his junior and senior years. During his senior year, the 6-foot-1 Indiana native led the Lobos with 14.1 points and 5.5 assists per game while also chipping in with 3.2 rebounds a night."