Kay Hawes, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
James Justice, the former Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) men's basketball player who gained notoriety this past spring for his win of a national slam dunk contest on ESPN, has taken a step closer to his dream of playing in the NBA.
The Tulsa 66ers, the NBA Developmental League's affiliate for the Oklahoma City Thunder, added Justice to their training camp roster after tryouts this weekend. Justice was among only nine selected out of 63 NBA D-League hopefuls from 17 different states and Canada who tried out for the Tulsa team.
Justice jumped onto the national stage this past spring with a win in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships. The 5'-10" James used his 52-inch vertical leap to impress the contest's judges, who awarded him the slam-dunk title with a unanimous vote. In the process, he defeated several players whose height outmatched his by nearly a foot.
During his two years at Martin-Methodist, Justice was a two-time NAIA All-American and averaged 16 points per game. As the Redhawks starting point guard, Justice led his team to the school's most successful two-year stretch, including two NAIA national tournament berths and a 62-10 record.
The NBA Developmental League is billed as the NBA's official minor league. Players sign contracts with the league itself rather than with an individual team, and players are frequently called up to play for the affiliate's NBA counterpart as the NBA season progresses.
For more about James Justice, see Justice is Served.