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Alex Zampier ’10 Selected By New Mexico In 2010 NBA Development League Draft

Alex Zampier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alex Zampier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Finished His Yale Career With 1,144 Points; School Record Holder In Career Steals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Alex Zampier '10, who led the Yale men's basketball team in scoring (17.4 ppg.), three-pointers (55) and steals (59) last year, was drafted by the New Mexico Thunderbirds in the 2010 NBA Development League on Monday. Zampier was the 15th selection in the eighth round by the Thunderbirds.

Zampier enjoyed an outstanding career for the Bulldogs. He is Yale's all-time leader with 167 career steals. He also is in the top 10 in career free throw percentage (4th, .816) and career three-pointers (8th, 135).

As a senior, he earned second team All-Ivy recognition after finishing third in the league in scoring (17.4 ppg.) and second in free throw percentage (.858) and steals (59). His 59 steals established a Yale single-season record and his 17.4 scoring average was the highest at Yale since Paul Maley averaged 20.2 points in 1987-88. His 504 points were the ninth most in a season in school history and his 55 three-pointers were the sixth most. He scored 30 or more points in three games, including a 35-point performance against Sacred Heart, the most points in a game by a Yale player since Butch Graves had 39 against Harvard in 1983.

In his junior year, Zampier was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection. He led the league in free throw percentage (.848), was second in steals (1.6 per game) and eighth in scoring (13.2 ppg.). As a sophomore, he was one of only two players to appear in all 28 games and tied for second in the Ivy League in steals with 49. As a freshman he appeared in 24 games and was the recipient of the John C Cobb Award as Yale's top freshman.

Off the court, Zampier was a recipient of a President's Fellowship to run the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at Yale in the summer of 2009. In addition, he was involved in a high school mentoring program.

Zampier is the second Yale player to be drafted by the NBA Development League. Travis Pinick '09 was selected in the eighth round by the Los Angeles D-Fenders last November.

Zampier is one of five former Bulldogs currently playing professionally. Matt Kyle '08 is with the Toyama Grouses in Japan's BJ League, Edwin Draughan '05 plays for Fribourg in Switzerland, Ross Morin '09 is with SAM Massagno in Switzerland and Dominick Martin'06 is on Lleida's roster in Spain.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity