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Thursday, June 25, 1998

All-stars named for 8-10 division

PECOS, June 25 -- The Pecos Little League, which has been
fielding all-star teams at the 11-12 year old level for
years, will have its first team competing in the 8-10 year
old division this season, when District 4 Tournament play
begins next month.

The younger group will play primarily against San Angelo
area teams in the tournament, and will be made up mostly of
players from the league's `B' division squads.

The first-ever 8-10 year old group will be made up of Mark
Mendoza, Jacob Jaramillo, Cody Hernandez, Edward Valencia,
Thomas Paz, Isiah Rayos, Jonathan Pete Garcia, Rocky Lozoya,
Chris Garnto, Adrian Solis, Adrian Hernandez, Eddie Vela,
John Paul Salcido and Kenny Rayos.

Coaches for the team will be Jesse Rayos, Pete Garcia and
John Salcido, and the first round opponent for Pecos will be
announced later this week.

The cost of transporting players 200 miles or more to
District 4 games was the main reason Pecos had not fielded a
team in the youngest tournament division in the past. Along
with the Little League, teams from the Junior and Senior
Leagues also require funds for out-of-town travel, meals and
occasionally overnight motel stays.

Pecos was only able to field a Big League team of 16-18
year olds for a couple of years, due to the cost of taking
players to the district tournament in San Angelo and later
to the regionals in Arlington.

Spurs get point guard after draft deals

AP Basketball Writer
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Five trades, plenty of
intrigue and a somewhat surprising No. 1 pick -- that was
the NBA draft in a nutshell.

The league brought its annual coming-out party to its most
remote and northernmost outpost Wednesday night, and the
out-of-the-way experience didn't put a damper on the action.

Michael Olowokandi of Pacific University was chosen first
by the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Vancouver Grizzlies
grabbed Arizona point guard Mike Bibby with the second pick
before trading away the point guard they selected last year.

The Grizzlies, the hosts of the draft, selected Bibby to
roars of approval from a crowd of about 10,000. The decibel
level of those cheers was almost matched by the roar that
greeted the trade that saw Antonio Daniels, the fourth pick
in last year's draft, traded to San Antonio for Carl Herrera
and the rights to Felipe Lopez, the Spurs' first-round pick.

``We really felt that if our team was going to go forward,
we needed someone to step up in that point guard role,''
general manager Stu Jackson said.

Four other trades were made involving the fourth, fifth,
sixth, ninth, 19th, 23rd and 29th picks. Another was
expected to be completed today, sending Charles Oakley from
New York to Toronto for Marcus Camby.

The Toronto Raptors, after picking Antawn Jamison of North
Carolina fourth overall, sent him to Golden State for his
college teammate, Vince Carter, who was selected fifth.

The Phoenix Suns sent guard Steve Nash to the Dallas
Mavericks in a three-way trade also involving Milwaukee. The
Bucks got the sixth pick, Robert ``Tractor'' Traylor, from
the Mavericks in exchange for the ninth pick, Dirk Nowitzki
of Germany, and the 19th pick, Pat Garrity of Notre Dame.
Garrity was then sent to the Suns along with Bubba Wells,
Martin Muursepp and Dallas' 1999 first-round pick for Nash,
whose parents came to the draft to represent the Suns.

The Los Angeles Lakers sent guard Nick Van Exel to Denver
in exchange for Tyronn Lue, the second of the Nuggets' two
first-round picks (No. 23), and Tony Battie.

The Utah Jazz sent the 29th pick, Nazr Mohammed of
Kentucky, to Philadelphia for future considerations.

Olowokandi, a 7-foot-1 Nigerian who grew up in England and
has been playing competitive basketball for only three
years, was overwhelmed by being picked first overall.

``Seeing my name in the No. 1 spot is unbelievable,
especially when you consider where I came from three years
ago -- not having played basketball -- and then to this, not
the No. 3 pick but the No. 1 pick,'' said Olowokandi, who
averaged 22.2 points and 11.2 rebounds last season. ``That's
something that'll take me a week or so, or a little bit
longer, to get over.''

The Nuggets picked Kansas forward Raef LaFrentz with the
third pick. a surprise to many who thought Paul Pierce of
Kansas would go in that spot. Pierce ended up dropping all
the way to the Boston Celtics at No. 10.

The Sacramento Kings came up with another surprise by
choosing Florida guard Jason Williams with the seventh pick.
The 76ers took 19-year-old Larry Hughes of Saint Louis with
the eighth pick, and the 20-year-old Nowitzki went ninth.

Pierce was finally picked 10th by the Boston Celtics, who
had to be ecstatic that such a talented player had dropped
so far.

After Bonzi Wells of Ball State went to the Pistons with
the 11th pick, the Orlando Magic took Michael Doleac of Utah
with the 12th pick and Keon Clark of UNLV with the 13th pick
to fill their hole at center.

The Houston Rockets, who also had three first-round picks,
took small forward Michael Dickerson of Arizona at No. 14,
shooting guard Bryce Drew of Valparaiso with the 16th pick
and Turkish center Mirsad Turkcan with the 18th pick.

Nelson hopes to sell German imports

DALLAS (AP) -- For the past week, he was Trader Don. Now
he's Don Nelson, traveling salesman and chairman of the
Dallas Mavericks' recruiting committee.

Nelson, predictably unpredictable at NBA draft time, landed
6-foot-11 German forward Dirk Nowitzki in a three-way trade
with Milwaukee and Phoenix during the first round Wednesday.

The trick now is getting Nowitzki, whom Nelson called
``loaded with talent,'' to bypass European basketball and
earn less money with the perennially rebuilding Mavericks.

On that sales job, the Mavericks are pulling no punches.

Nelson said he would leave for Germany today with his son,
assistant coach Donnie Nelson. Team owner Ross Perot Jr.,
already in Europe on business, will meet them.

New Dallas point guard Steve Nash, obtained from Phoenix as
part of the trade and vacationing in England, will also be
asked to join the lobbying effort.

It's a full-court press for the 20-year-old German. Nelson
said he'll tout his own enthusiasm, the Dallas lifestyle and
the premise that the Mavericks are turning things around.

``I believe that I'll do a good job at trying to convince
him,'' Nelson said. ``You don't have control over other
people's wishes, but I think we have a lot to offer.''

``We're going to sit down and give it our best shot, that's

Asked for a guess as to the odds he faces, Nelson was

``I don't have a clue,'' he said. ``I'm just hoping, that's
all. I wish I could give you percentages and all that. I
don't know.''

If he's successful, the gamble could pay off big. Nowitzki
averaged 17.5 points and 10 rebounds for DJK Wurzburg last

He dazzled scouts at the Nike Hoop Summit in San Antonio in
March, scoring 33 points with 14 rebounds before going back
to Germany and enlisting in the army to fulfill his military

``He's 20 years old and loaded with talent, and we have to
let him develop,'' said Nelson, who projects Nowitzki as a
small forward. ``So I don't want you to think we're going to
get Larry Bird here in his first year, but he's a very
exciting player.''

Nowitzki's agent told teams before the draft that his
client might choose to play professionally in Europe for one
or two years. In addition to staying closer to home,
Nowitzki can earn more money in Europe because he won't pay
taxes. As an NBA rookie, his salary is set for three years,
plus he faces taxes.

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