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Phoenix Suns sign former Hokies Zabian Dowdell for remainder of the season

Former Virginia Tech standout Zabian Dowdell was signed for the remainder of the 2010-11 NBA season by the Phoenix Suns

Former Virginia Tech standout Zabian Dowdell was signed for the remainder of the 2010-11 NBA season by the Phoenix Suns

Former Virginia Tech Hokies standout Zabian Dowdell finally made it to the NBA. As the end of his second 10-day contract neared an end, the Phoenix Suns called him into the film room following Friday night’s loss to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City and told the 26-year-old rookie that they were signing him for the remainder of the season.

Dowdell was originally signed to be a practice player to rest veteran Steve Nash during practices. But after an injury to Goran Dragic (cut his heel on broken glass) Dowdell actually got some significant playing time in the NBA and he played well. The Hokie from Pahokee (Fla.) scored 12 points, registered six assists, committed six turnovers and came up with three steals in 37 minutes over three games last week.

TechHoops.com recently published a three-part audio interview with Zabian. In case you missed them, go here.

Read more about Dowdell and his new contract with the Suns.

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NBA’s Phoenix Suns Sign former Hokie Dowdell to another 10-day Contract

Former Virginia Tech standout Zabian Dowdell signed another 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns.

Former Virginia Tech standout Zabian Dowdell signed another 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns signed former Virginia Tech standout guard Zabian Dowdell to another 10-day contract on Thursday, Jan. 27, according to the NBA team’s official website.

Dowdell has spent the last three seasons playing in Europe and most recently for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA’s Development League, where he played in 18 games and averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 29.3 minutes. He played in 10 games for the 66ers during the 2009-10 season.

The 6-3, 191-pound Dowdell was part of the Suns’ training camp last fall, but was cut about a week before the start of the season. His first stint in the NBA began on Jan. 9, 2011, when he signed his first 10-day contract. The former Hokie appeared in two games in his initial tenure with Phoenix.

Dowdell is one of the most beloved Tech basketball players in recent memory. He was a standout for four seasons at Virginia Tech (2003-07) and was a 2006-07 All-ACC first team selection and a two-time All-ACC defensive team selection.

Congratulations to Zabe and good luck!

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Zabian Dowdell Not Resigned by Phoenix

When former Hokie and All-ACC First Teamer Zabian Dowdell’s 10-day contract ran out on January 19th, the Phoenix Suns elected not to sign him to another 10-day contract or for the rest of the season. ?Dowdell played in two games – 4 points in 12 minutes in a woodshed beating, and going 0/1 in 1 minute against Portland.

Unfortunately, it might be back to the D-League and the Tulsa 66ers for Dowdell.

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Zabian Dowdell Signs, Makes Debut with the Phoenix Suns

Update: Zabian Dowdell (LINK) made his NBA debut on Tuesday night!  He entered the game for the Phoenix Suns against the Denver Nuggets at the start of the 4th quarter.  Unfortunately, it took a 30-point deficit for the Suns to get Dowdell in.  After jumping out to a 32-20 lead at the end of one, Denver outscored Phoenix 82-40 in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to turn the game into a woodshed beating.  He scored his first career points later on in the quarter, hitting a couple of free throws.  After missing his first three shots, Dowdell hit a 19-foot jumper for his first career field goal.  Zabe finished 1/6 (most were outside jumpers) with 4 points and added a rebound, 2 assists, and steal in 12 minutes.

This might not get the national fanfare of when Shaq went to the Phoenix Suns (a.k.a.: The Big Cactus), but our beloved Zabian Dowdell has finally made it to the NBA.  Zabe signed a 10-day contract to play for the Suns (these contracts are standard with fill-ins while a team gets a chance to see if they want to keep a player longer term).  He will wear #22 for the Suns.

Dowdell played with the Suns’ Summer League team the last two years but was cut in training camp before this season.  He then played for the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA D-League before the Suns picked him up.  Zabe was averaging 14.5 ppg and 5.6 apg in the Developmental League.

Zabian still sits in 8th on the Hokies’ career scoring list, 6th in assists, and 3rd in steals.

Dowdell did not play in the game Sunday night, but he had just signed that day.  One site claims the signing is more for practice purposes and that he might not see the court much, if at all (he’s behind Steve Nash and Goran Dragic).  Here’s hoping the former Hokie First Team All-ACC player gets a chance to show his stuff, at least a little bit, during this 10 day stretch.  The Suns next game is Tuesday and they play five games total during those 10 days.

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Malcolm Delaney Declares for the NBA Draft

Niemo’s Notes added…

Virginia Tech junior guard Malcolm Delaney has declared for the NBA draft, but will not hire and agent according to a press release today. The ACC’s leading scorer and first team all-conference player, confirmed the news on his Twitter feed and that of Tech head coach Seth Greenberg.

We’ll have more on this development soon, but a tweet from Malcolm today announced:

“to all the hokie fans.. doesnt mean im gone… so dont panic. lol”

Niemo’s Notes:

  • First off, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. I know we’ve done them before but I couldn’t think of a good one last night, and then this came in so I’ll just skip it this year.
  • I wouldn’t get too worked up about this yet. I think the best comparison here is Greivis “Greasy Face” Vasquez of maryland from last year. He declared for the draft, worked out, and realized he wasn’t going to be a high pick (wasn’t even being sniffed in the first round). He came back and had a great year. I’d say Malcolm’s game is similar to where Vasquez was a year ago – good but streaky shooter, decent ballhandler, good FT shooter, weak defending on the ball, while Malcolm is a better leader and Greivis was a better finisher on the drive. If Delaney follows Greivis’s lead, he’ll be back.
  • Chad Ford of ESPN.com ranks Delaney 73rd of all the prospects this year. That wouldn’t even put Malcolm in the 2nd round (there are only two rounds) and he’s actually dropping – he was in the mid-60s a few weeks back.
  • Other sites like NBADraft.net don’t have him getting picked, and another site ranked him as just the 15th best PG. Rivals.com didn’t even have Malcolm on their underclassmen draft tracker.
  • Of course, if a lot of the higher ranked guys decide to stay in school, that could change things in terms of rankings, especially if PGs and SGs stay in school.
  • Malcolm has until May 8th to take his name off the list, so we could have to sweat this out for a month.
  • Point is, Malcolm would have to have a strong showing in camps and workouts just to make it into the 2nd round. Is that good enough for him? I can’t answer that. But I can say with a straight face, and without my O&M colored glasses on, that he would benefit from another year. He needs to show he can be a consistent shooter, continue to demonstrate he can distribute the ball well as he did later in the year to improve his teammates, and he’s going to have to show more on defense (that is the toughest one) in terms of defending other elite guards on the ball. That said, I think he will make it into the NBA, he has a lot of great intangibles, I just think he needs another year to develop. But, I’m not making the decision, so stay tuned.

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Deron Washington Signs Guaranteed Contract with Pistons

Deron Washington

Deron Washington

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg posted on his Twitter account that former Hokie standout Deron Washington has signed a guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons, who selected him 59th overall (second round) of the 2008 NBA Draft. Washington played in Israel last season.

Greenberg, @HeadHokie on Twitter, posted 6:41 p.m. (eastern):

“congrats to Deron Washington for signing a guaranteed contract with the Pistons Great to have a Hokie in the league!”

I have yet to see this confirmed in any news reports, but I’ll take Greenberg’s word for it. Way to go, Deron!

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