Lyceum high-flyer Nguidjol selected in first round of NBA D-League Draft

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By Ivan Saldajeno

NEW YORK--In an announcement that probably surprised the Lyceum community, the Austin Spurs drafted Victor Nguidjol 16th overall and late in the first round of the 2015 NBA D-League Draft on Sunday (Philippine Time).

The 6-10 forward-center, who anchored the Pirates' interior in Topex Robinson's first year as coach, will join the D-League affiliate of perennial NBA powerhouse San Antonio Spurs, formerly known as the Toros, after playing just one year in the Philippine NCAA.

He became known in the NCAA after rising high for an alley-oop slam that rocked the FilOil Flying V Arena in one second round game by Lyceum.

He will become teammates with former Ginebra import Orlando Johnson at the Austin side, which is mentored by Ken McDonald.

Likely to make the regular season roster, Nguidjol will become only the second foreign player from a Philippine collegiate team to enter an international mainstream professional league after former UE center Charles Mammie was tapped as one of the foreign reinforcements of the Pilipinas Aguilas in the ABL.

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