24/SEVENS: Sevens select four players in G League draft

By 24/SEVENS | October 23, 2017

Darin Johnson, Tyshawn Abbott, Devin Gilligan, Isaiah Zierden make up 2017 Sevens Draft Class

The Delaware 87ers scooped up four players in the 2017 G League draft. The team selected Darin Johnson, Tyshawn Abbott, Devin Gilligan and Isaiah Zierden. The Sevens had four picks in the four-round draft, but two of those slots fell in the third round.

Delaware, picking 12th out of 26 teams, started by taking Darin Johnson, a 6-5 guard originally from Sacramento. Johnson spent his first two collegiate seasons at Washington, where he averaged 5.2 points per game in 57 appearances. After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, Johnson put together his best college season while at Cal State Northridge this past year. He averaged almost 14 points per game and shot nearly 37 percent from three-point range.

The Sevens used their second-round pick on Tyshawn Abbott, a 29-year old shooting guard who went to Arizona State from 2007-2011 and spent the 2008-09 year playing with James Harden. He was named First Team All-Pac 12 at the end of his junior season. Abbott has spent the last five years playing overseas, making stops with seven different teams across four countries. His most successful stint came with BC Kalev/Cramo, where he was a part of two Estonian League championship teams.

Devin Gilligan came off the board when the 87ers picked next; the team acquired this selection from the Windy City Bulls when it traded David Laury last season. Gilligan comes from Southern New Hampshire University, where he put up 20.2 points per game and shot close to 58 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point territory in his senior season. He was a part of the Penmen team that made the Elite 8 of the Division II NCAA Tournament in 2015.

The 87ers used their final pick on Creighton’s Isaiah Zierden, a 6-3, 185-pound guard. He led the Jays in three-point makes and steals as a fifth-year season in 2016-17, tallying 70 and 44, respectively. His father, Don, is an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards and was the head coach of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx from 2006-2009. The younger Zierden lists current 76er J.J. Redick as one of his favorite athletes.

Delaware’s fifth season kicks off in Maine on Friday, November 3. The home opener is the following Monday and pits the Sevens against the Westchester Knicks.