Carmichael Acquired by NBA D-League's Iowa Energy
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Jan. 2, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Illinois State forward Jackie Carmichael is another step closer to his NBA aspirations by signing with the NBA Development League's Iowa Energy. Carmichael will be in uniform for the first time - wearing number 34 - for Thursday night's game at Sioux Falls (S.D.).
Based out of Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, the Iowa Energy serve as the NBA D-League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards. Founded in 2007, the Energy won the D-League Finals in 2011.
Following a standout collegiate career, Carmichael continued to draw attention from professional scouts with his performance at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League for the Dallas Mavericks in July of 2013. Carmichael initially joined the Miami Heat's Orlando Summer League roster before earning a spot with the Mavericks' Summer League team where he made six appearances, including three starts.
The 6-foot-9 forward came off the bench during Dallas' first three contests, averaging 5.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in those games. However, Carmichael started the team's final three games and increased his productivity, averaging 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in the second half of the six-game season.
As a result of his Summer League success, Carmichael signed to play professionally for Bilbao Basket in Bilbao, Spain in September of 2013. He played in Spain before eventually parting ways with Bilbao and returning to the United States.
An All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team and All-Valley Tournament honoree for the Redbirds, Carmichael led the Valley in rebounding and blocked shots last season. He also ranked fourth in scoring with 17.4 points per game. Carmichael netted double figures 29 times and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 16 times throughout the 2012-13 campaign, plus he amassed three or more blocks in 11 games.
Along with holding the Illinois State career-blocked shots record (200), Carmichael ranks eighth on ISU's career-scoring list with 1,580 points, fifth on the career-free throws list with 426, and third on the career-rebounding list with 942. He also ranks third in Redbird career double-doubles (35).
Carmichael, a 2013 Lou Henson All-American, was one of nearly 60 top-prospects invited to the NBA Draft Combine in May of 2013.
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