July 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State All-American Toney Douglas has signed his first NBA contract with the New York Knicks and begins play with its summer league team July 14 in the 2009 NBA Summer League against Memphis at 6:00 p.m. The Knicks summer league team will play five games over six days at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Douglas, the 29th overall selection in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, signed his rookie contract with the Knicks on July 9. He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers before having his draft rights traded to the Knicks in exchange for a 2011 second round draft pick and cash considerations.
Douglas was an All-America Third Team selection by the Associated Press and an All-ACC First Team selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association after averaging a career-high 21.5 points for the Seminoles as a senior during the 2008-09 season. He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was voted as the ACC Player of the Year runner-up as he led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1998 season and to the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history.
Douglas will be joined by fellow Knick draft pick Jordan Hill (University of Arizona) who was taken with the eighth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft. Douglas and Hill are two of six rookies and two of 12 players with less than three years of NBA service on the Knicks’ summer league roster.
The Knicks held a three-day mini camp at Valley High School in Las Vegas (July 11-13) in preparation for its’ five game summer league schedule. The Knicks are scheduled to play Memphis (July 14, 6 p.m.), Detroit (July 15, 4 p.m.), Sacramento (July 17, 6:00 p.m.), Chicago (July 18, 6:00 p.m.) and Washington (July 19, 4:00 p.m.). All of the Knicks’ summer league games can be viewed at http://summerleague.istreamplanet.com/nba/player/default.asp.
Douglas will compete against former Seminole guard Jason Rich when the Knicks face Washington on July 19. Rich, who graduated from Florida State in 2008 with a degree is social science, played in Germany during his first year as a professional player during the 2008-09 season.