In Saturday’s 2017 NBA G-League draft, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario selected Tyler Roberson, Tyler Harris, and Josh Sykes. Roberson and Harris were taken with the 15th and 25th overall picks in the first round, respectively. Sykes was chosen with the 67th overall pick, in the third round.
Agua Caliente acquired the extra first-round pick in a trade following the expansion draft during the off-season. They traded away their second-round pick in a similar deal. The Clippers were one of several teams to not utilize their fourth-round selection.
Roberson is a 6’8” rookie power forward who recently concluded a four-year career at Syracuse University. His best season came during his junior season, when he averaged 8.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 31 minutes per game. During his senior year, his production dipped to 5.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20 minutes per game.
Tyler Harris was a 5-year college big man who originally played for NC State as a freshman before transferring to Providence. He redshirted his sophomore year, per transfer rules, and played his junior and senior seasons for the Friars before a graduate transfer to Auburn for his last year of eligibility in the 2015-16 season. In his best collegiate campaign, he averaged 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds Harris played in France last season, where he averaged 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 19 minutes per game.
Josh Sykes is a 6’8” power forward who played for Fresno City Community College in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 season, averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game during his most recent season. There isn’t a lot of information available on Sykes, but he did sign a letter of intent to Loyola Marymount in the summer of 2015. Agua Caliente General Manager Dee Brown tells Clips Nation that Sykes impressed the staff in local tryouts last month, and they were eager to acquire his rights in today’s draft.
Roberson, Harris, and Sykes will join an Agua Caliente roster that already features two-way contract signees Jamil Wilson and C.J. Williams, along with expansion draftees Andre Dawkins, Corey Hawkins, J.J. O’Brien, Keith Steffeck, and Julian Jacobs. ACCO has also completed trades for LaDontae Henton and and Tyrone Wallace. Clipper prospects Jawun Evans, Sindarius Thornwell, and Brice Johnson could all also see some time with ACCO on assignment.
Single-game tickets for Agua Caliente went on sale earlier this week at ACClippers.com.