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Jeff Newberry to play for Detroit Pistons D-League affiliate

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Former Oklahoma State guard Jeff Newberry has accepted an offer to play for the Detroit Pistons organization D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. The two parties are currently "working out contract negotiations", Newberry told Cowboys Ride for Free.

During his senior season at Oklahoma State, Newberry averaged 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. On a Cowboy team riddled with injuries, Newberry was the only player to start every game.

The choice to stay stateside instead of accepting offers in both Germany and Macedonia will allow for a quicker transition should Newberry find a spot on an NBA roster, a fact that he considered when making his decision.

In an interview with Cowboys Ride for Free, Newberry had this to say about his decision-making process.

"...the D-League option puts me around the NBA organization and guys that come and scout those games and I'm looking at that also cause I can get in front of them and do what I need to do to have a chance, roll the dice and get called up."

You can check out my article on Newberry and the path that led him through Stillwater here.