Former Miner Julyan Stone to play for NBA's Raptors
After not being offered a new contract with the Denver Nuggets former UTEP standout Julyan Stone has reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Stone played with the Nuggets the last two seasons. Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri signed Stone out of UTEP when Ujiri was with the Nuggets.
Stone missed some of last season as he worked his way back into NBA shape after off-season hip surgery.
The Nuggets chronicled his journey with video posts on the team's website.
Read about it at http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/julyan-stone-heads-out-latest-d-league-journey
Leaving Denver: http://www.nba.com/nuggets/video/2013/01/31/StoneIowaDay1mov-2370105
The arrival in Denver: http://www.nba.com/nuggets/video/2013/02/02/StoneDay2mov-2371919
Iowa shootaround: http://www.nba.com/nuggets/video/2013/02/01/StonePracticeDaymov-2371411
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent on December 9, 2011. In 22 games as a rookie (two starts) averaged 1.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists, in 8.4 minutes.
Played four seasons at UTEP, averaging 5.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 30.7 minutes per game in 138 games (129 starts) . . . Averaged 8.5 points on .510 shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals over 36.5 minutes in 33 games as a senior . . . Ranks first all time in UTEP history in career assists with 714 (passed Tim Hardaway in senior season) . . . Holds Conference USA's all-time career assists record . . . Made the C-USA All-Defensive Team as a junior and senior.