Ex-Hawkeyes Ricky Davis, Sean Sonderleiter surface in NBA D-League

Doug Thomas soldiers on in D-League, too

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Ricky Davis, who played in the NBA for 12 years after leaving Iowa following his freshman season, is playing in the NBA D-League for the Maine Red Claws.

Davis, from Davenport, averaged 13.5 points in 736 NBA games. He got cut by the Los Angeles Clippers in December 2010 and signed with a team in Turkey. Now, at 32, he's trying to return to the NBA via the D-League. That path worked for former Iowa State star Jamaal Tinsley, who spent a brief period of time in the D-League this year before resurrecting his NBA career with the Utah Jazz.

Said Davis in this story: "I definitely have been humbled. I know what it is to be a teammate, instead of ‘I, I, I, ... .’ ”

Meanwhile, former Hawkeyes center Sean Sonderleiter has returned to the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. This is Sondy's third go-round with the Ants. He played 33 games for them three seasons ago, and in another 45 games two seasons back.

Sonderleiter played in 109 games for Iowa. His last season as a Hawkeye was 2003-2004. He has also played professionally for teams in Australia and Germany.

He is 31. Where does the time go? And what is a 31-year-old who has never played a moment in the NBA doing in the D-League? Oh well, here's hoping he plays great for Fort Wayne and gets a call-up to The League. What a story that would be, eh?

The other ex-Hawkeye in the D-League is Doug Thomas, who is in his fourth season in that league. He is a Reno Bighorn. He's averaging 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds this season.

Thomas left Reno to participate in the Houston Rockets' hurried-up training camp last month, but didn't stick with the Rockets.

Thomas is 28. He has also played for pro teams in Venezuela, Mexico, Germany and Sweden. He averaged 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds for Iowa in his senior season, 2005-06.

UPDATE: Reno released Thomas Thursday to make room for guard Will Blalock, who last played for Iowa State in 2006.

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