April 11, 2000
PULLMAN-Wash. -- WSU senior forward Chris Crosby was drafted by the Kansas Cagerz in Tuesday's United States Basketball League draft. Crosby was the first pick of the eighth round and 78th pick overall. He was the only Pac-10 player selected in the 2000 USBL draft.
The Cagerz, based in Salina, Kan., were 18-9 last season and finished first in the USBL's Southern Division. Kansas lost to Long Island in the first round of the 1999 playoffs.
Crosby, 6-8, 230-lbs., finished his WSU career in March as the school's eighth leading scorer. He scored 1,333 career points and made 202 three-point field goals (fourth). He also ranks among WSU's top 10 in career free throw and three-point field goal percentage. Crosby was one of 64 college seniors invited to compete in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Salina is approximately 425 miles from Crosby's hometown of Littleton, Colo.
This season, Crosby was the Cougars' leading scorer at 15.8 points per game, which ranked seventh in the Pac-10. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds per game and ranked among the league leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.404) and free throw percentage (.810).
This is the second straight year a Cougar has been drafted by a USBL team. In 1999, center Leif Nelson was selected by the Gulf Coast Sun Dogs. Entering its 15th year, the USBL is a developmental league that runs from late April to June. A complete rundown of the 2000 USBL draft is available at www.usbl.com. Kansas opens its season April 21 hosting Ft. Myers.
- GO COUGS -