While this was noted in the FanShots yesterday, I thought it was worthy of a full post. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reports via twitter, that Julyan Stone's Denver Nuggets contract is for 2 years and is for $1.1 million dollars.
Kalen Daremo of Roundball Mining Company, the ESPN affiliated True Hoop site for the Denver Nuggets, had this to say on Julyan.
From a pure scouting standpoint, Stone is vastly intriguing. When combing the Web for various breakdowns and analysis of his game you tend to discover similar observations: great size (for a point guard), high motor, outstanding vision, versatile, athletic, good decision-maker, etc.
SBNation Denver has a note on the signing here.
Stone averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 35 games as a senior. He made 51 percent of his shots, but he made just 2.9 shots on 5.8 attempts. However, he is an intriguing prospect for the Nuggets to look at during camp. He is 6 foot 7, 200 pounds and could play the point, shooting guard and small forward. He'll need to improve his shooting if he wants to stick around in the league.
Congratulations to Julyan Stone. He had one hell of a career in El Paso and I think the Nuggets have a lot more fans in West Texas today than ever before.
Also, let's not forget how great this is for UTEP's hoops program. UTEP will hopefully now have two alums playing in the NBA next season in Stone and Derrick Caracter of the Los Angeles Lakers. From 1981 to 1995, UTEP had 15 players selected in the NBA Draft. After a ridiculous 15 year drought, Caracter broke the streak when the Lakers took him. Tim Floyd can use any recruiting advantage he can get, and it's awesome that he can now tell a prospect that UTEP has put players in the NBA in back-to-back seasons.