Bulldogs in the NBA and Beyond

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    Paul George with NBA Commish at 2010 NBA DraftBy Andy Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    When the Indiana Pacers drafted Paul George tenth overall in 2010 he not only became the 21st Fresno State Bulldog selected in an NBA Draft but also the highest selected of the five Dogs to go in the first round. George joined Melvin Ely and Dominic McGuire as the only former Bulldogs currently in the NBA.

    Fresno State is tied with Arkansas, Cincinnati, DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Texas A&M as schools with three former players in the NBA. Here is a look at what George, Ely and McGuire have been up to so far this season.

    Paul George, a native of Palmdale, Calif., caught the eye of Indiana Pacers' general manager Larry Bird and head coach Jim O'Brien this summer during workouts.

    "Everybody said he can play, and it was very apparent when I watched tape and we had him in here. He's a guy that is the type of athlete with size and scoring ability inside and outside that I think is very key in this league," O'Brien told WTHR of Indianapolis this past June.

    George played in eight contests so far this season and averaged 16.5 minutes of court time. Amongst rookies, George ranks 12th in scoring (4.5 ppg), 13th in rebounds (2.5 rpg) and tenth in assists (1.6 apg). His best game came against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 5 when he scored 10 points on 4-9 from the field and 2-5 from behind the arc and grabbed three rebounds.

    Paul wears the number 24 on his Pacers jersey after being nicknamed "2much4u" during his youth.

    Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2002 draft, is currently in his first season with the Denver Nuggets and eighth overall in the league. The 6-10 center was a member of the championship winning San Antonio Spurs in 2007 but did not play during the finals.  

    Ely averaged three points and four rebounds per game in eight contests for the Nuggets. Melvin's teammates love his tough defense and hustle on the court.

    This season's best performance for Ely came on Nov. 20 when he racked up nine points on 4-4 shooting and hauled in six rebounds helping the Nuggets take down the New Jersey Nets, 107-103.

    Dominic McGuire, a second-round pick by the Washington Wizards in 2007, earned time in only five games so far this year for the Charlotte Bobcats because he missed six weeks due to a stress fracture of his left shin.

    Bobcats' head coach Larry Brown appreciates the defense and energy McGuire brings to the team. The 6-9 small forward had a break out game against the Milwaukee Bucks last week going five for six from the field and three for four from the free-throw line for a total of 12 points. McGuire also secured a career-high 15 rebounds, four of which were offensive rebounds, and blocked two shots.

    Former Bulldog Renaldo Major, a forward in the NBA Developmental League, shines for the Dakota Wizards, an affiliate of the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies. Major averages 22 points and four rebounds through five games this season.

    Here is a list of former Bulldogs playing throughout the world:

    Player

    Country

    Team

    Yrs @ FS

    Kevin Bell

    Switzerland

    Geneve Lions

    2004-08

    Noel Felix

    South Korea

    Seoul Samsung Thunders

    1999-2002

    Hiram Fuller*

    Mexico

    Fuerza Regia Monterrey

    2001-02

    Hector Hernandez

    Mexico

    Soles de Mexicali

    2004-08

    Quinton Hosely

    Spain

    DKV Joventut Badalona

    2005-06

    Francis Koffi*

    Spain

    Ourense Grupo Juanes

    2003-04

    Donovan Morris*

    Germany

    Giants Noerdlingen

    2004-05

    Terrance Roberson*

    Romania

    CSU Sibiu

    1995-99

    Sylvester Seay

    South Korea

    KCC Egis

    2008-10

    Marcus West*

    Switzerland

    BC Boncourt Red Team

    2003-04

    *2009-10

    Please let me know if there is anyone else who needs to be added or any changes that need to be made to this list. ajconli@mail.fresnostate.edu

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