Thursday, November 12, 2015

Accountant Earns Roster Spot in the NBA D-League

An accountant has (literally) earned a roster spot in the NBA Development League.

Bryant Voiles, who played for NCAA Division 3 powerhouse Augustana, will be playing for the Reno Bighorns this season.

Here are more details from USBasket.com:

After spending two years as an accountant in Rock Island Illinois, Bryant Voiles, still saddled with student loan debt, walked away from a balanced life and set out on a risky journey hoping to follow a path to the NBA.

Incredibly, a day before the start of the D-League's regular season, Voiles learned that he made the active roster of the Reno Bighorns, the affiliate of the Sacramento Kings.

Is Voiles the D-League's answer to the NFL's Vince Papale? Not exactly. Voiles comes in with credentials, albeit a few years removed. In 2012, after graduating from d3 powerhouse Augustana, Voiles was selected to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, normally reserved for the top 64 D1 seniors. After a poor PIT performance, Voiles went overlooked in the 2012 D-League draft. Undeterred, he attended a tryout and went on to be the only non-d1 player to make the opening day roster of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he would stay for the entire 2012-13 season, not playing very often, but making a mark as a solid teammate, even mentoring Hassan Whiteside, who is now considered one of the top young prospects the NBA.

With responsibility often comes burden. Although invited to return to the Skyforce, Voiles could not ignore the sinking feeling of negative cash flow. It was simple math: His debt service would be greater than his D-League salary. He refused to transfer his financial woes to his parents, who were already reeling from news of a serious family illness.

So with great conviction, Voiles went into basketball retirement at the age of 25.

Over the next two years, Voiles would often hear from then Skyforce assistant Scott Schroeder. After Schroeder landed a basketball ops job with the Bighorns, he made a point to regularly audit Voiles, reminding him that there was still a window of opportunity to return to the game.

Beaten down by the urging of Schroeder, Voiles carefully thought over his next course of action. He would request vacation days from his accounting firm, so that he could attend training camp with the Bighorns, not knowing whether or not he would make the final cut.

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