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Sam Thompson, Brett Comer among Grand Rapids' D-League Draft selections

An athletic forward and oop-tossing guard highlight the Drive's draft class

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The Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons' D-League affiliate, are rounding their roster into form after the NBA D-League Draft Saturday. 

Grand Rapids selected Ohio State forward Sam Thompson with the seventh overall pick, and made four more selections throughout the afternoon.

The 22-year-old Thompson is an athletic small forward who will play tough defense, finish at the rim and launch the occasional three for the Drive. He was second on the Buckeyes' roster with 10.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a senior.

He shot only 26 percent from three-point range in his final season, but converted over 35 percent of his attempts from deep his sophomore and junior years, so that aspect of his game could certainly resurface.

Grand Rapids then traded their second-round selection, ending up adding some size with Adrian Forbes.

Forbes was originally selected by the Canton Charge and traded for the Drive's pick, Michael Stockton, son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton.

Since Hasheem Thabeet will not be returning to the team, the Drive need all the size they can get, and Forbes fits the bill as a bruising rebounder.

The 6'11, 255-pound Forbes previously played at Auburn University and for Cognac in France.

Point guard Brett Comer from Florida Gulf Coast University was the Drive's third-round selection. Hoops fans probably remember Comer as the initiator of several memorable alley-oops during FGCU's run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2013.

A Comer-to-Thompson lob combination has a lot of potential.

The team's final two picks were Cuban forward Ismael Romero and guard Paul Williams from the University of Dayton.

Grand Rapids had the top pick in last year's D-League Draft as an expansion team, but their selection Robert Covington never played a game for the team, as he was immediately called up by Philadelphia (and, of course, scored 25 points against the Pistons hardly a month later).

Luckily for the Drive, this is unlikely to happen with Thompson. He went undrafted in 2015 and was waived by Charlotte, a team without a lot of wing depth, on October 23.

However, he will always have the possibility of getting called up if he sets the D-League on fire with his play.

The Drive now have 17 players on their training camp roster: their five draft picks, eight players returning from last year, three players from the team's open tryout, and Ryan Boatright, brought on as an affiliate player from the Pistons.

Training camp begins November 2.

UPDATE: Here is a look at the Drive's entire roster, courtesy of D League Digest.

Grand Rapids Drive

Sam Thompson F 6’7 200 11/11/92 Ohio St Draft Pick
Adrian Forbes C 6’11 255 5/25/88 Auburn University Draft Pick
Brett Comer G 6’3 190 5/9/92 Florida Gulf Coast Draft Pick
Ismael Romero F 6’8 220 6/23/91 Cuba Draft Pick
Paul Williams G 6’4 212 2/14/89 University of Dayton Draft Pick
Adonis Thomas F 6’6 232 3/25/93 Memphis Returning
Devin Ebanks F 6’9 215 10/28/89 West Virginia University Returning
Kammeon Holsey F 6’8 230 9/4/90 Georgia Tech Returning
Kelsey Barlow G 6’5 200 2/14/91 University of Illinois-Chicago Returning
Renaldo Woolridge F 6’9 225 3/22/90 University of Southern Calif. Returning
Ryan Boatright G 5’11 175 12/27/92 University of Connecticut Affiliate
Larry Anderson G 6’5 210 11/6/89 Long Beach State Returning
Stefhon Hannah G 6’1 175 6/14/85 Missouri Returning
Asauhn Dixon-Tatum C 7’0 225 2/1/91 Auburn University Returning
Xavier Ford F 6’7 210 1/20/92 University at Buffalo Open Tryout
Ashton Pitts F 6’7 195 3/25/88 Southern Polytechnic State Univ. Open Tryout
John Hawkins C 7’0 252 3/18/92 Miami of Ohio Open Tryout