UNCG alumn Josh Gross playing with D-League Ambassadors squad
LEHI, UT - Former UNC Greensboro star Josh Gross is spending part of his summer as part of an NBDL All-Star squad, taking part in games at the Rocky Mountain Revue.
Gross, who wrapped up his playing career with the Spartans three seasons ago, is starting for the 10-player squad made up of NBDL players. The team is 2-1 thus far, having won a pair of exhibitions against the Iranian Olympic team and suffering a close loss to the San Antonio Spurs' summer league squad.
In Sunday's win over Iran, Gross had seven points and five rebounds in 23 minutes of action as the Ambassadors held off a late charge for a 77-71 win. Gross had seven points and four rebounds in 22 minutes in Saturday's 68-65 loss to San Antonio. He also had nine points in the opening game win over Iran, a 79-60 triumph last Thursday.
Earlier in the day both teams participated in a one-hour basketball clinic which included 50 kids from the Utah County Boys and Girls Club, Thanksgiving Point and Utah Flash campers. This clinic, as well as the two exhibitions between the Ambassadors and Iranian National Team, are designed to promote understanding and good will through basketball.
The D-League Ambassadors, coached by former DePaul coach Joey Meyer, will face Atlanta's summer league squad on Monday night and Golden State's summer league team on Thursday afternoon.
A 6-6 forward, Gross split last season between three different teams and finished with a D-League Finals appearance with the Austin Toros. His best stretch of the season came with Albuquerque during February, where he started all ten games and averaged 16.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Gross, who also played four games with Iowa last season, also participated in the D-League Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
For the season last year, he averaged 14.7 ppg and 4.9 rpg. It was his third year in the NBDL, having played part of the 2005-2006 season with Florida and half of the 2006-07 season with Los Angeles before suffering an injury.
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