76ERS PRESIDENT OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS DARYL MOREY AND DELAWARE BLUE COATS GENERAL MANAGER MATT LILLY EACH ANNOUNCE A 76ERS GC FIRST-ROUND PICK AS SPECIAL GUESTS
TEAM ADDS ANDRE “DRE” MARSHALL (NO. 4 OVERALL), ROBERT “CALIRAQ” RUIZ (NO. 12), ELIJAH “UNDERRATEDGOAT” SPEARS (NO. 39) AND BRANDON “TOXSIK” RAUDENBUSH (NO. 42)
PHILADELPHIA — MARCH 14, 2021 — 76ers Gaming Club (GC), the NBA 2K League team of the Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) portfolio, selected four players in Saturday’s fourth annual NBA 2K League Draft. This year’s draft was held virtually and livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. 76ers GC opened the draft with a blockbuster trade in which the team acquired the No. 4 overall pick. They drafted Andre “Dre” Marshall at No. 4, before adding Robert “Caliraq” Ruiz with the No. 12 pick and later selecting Elijah “UnderRatedGoat” Spears (No. 39) and Brandon “ToXsiK” Raudenbush (No. 42). 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey served as the special guest announcing Dre’s selection, while Delaware Blue Coats General Manager Matt Lilly later announced Caliraq’s selection as a lottery pick.
A Baltimore native, Dre is an elite point guard prospect who averaged 29.6 points and 9.3 assists at the 2021 NBA 2K League Combine. Caliraq is a San Jose native who averaged 10.6 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals at the combine.
“I have watched Dre progress so much over the past year,” 76ers GC Head Coach Jeff Terrell said. “He plays with passion and we viewed him as the most skilled all-around guard in this draft. His determination to become the best guard in the world is something that really stood out to me.”
“Caliraq is the best sharp in this draft pool and I’ve said that for months,” Terrell said. “His off-ball movement is elite and if he gets open for a shot, you know he will knock it down. He is a natural fit with our roster.”
UnderRatedGoat was the No. 39 selection, while ToXsiK, who is a multi-year veteran of the 2K League, was picked at No. 42. In 37 games with Magic Gaming last season, ToXsiK averaged 6.2 points and nearly two steals per contest.
“Both are players capable of making a big impact on both ends of the floor who we feel fortunate were available to us,” Terrell explained. “[UnderRatedGoat] is an incredibly impactful defender with unlimited potential. We can’t wait to watch him grow as a player. ToXsiK is a three-year veteran in the league who brings positional versatility and added leadership. We are extremely happy to have them join our team.”
Under the 2019 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year’s guidance, 76ers GC has amassed the most victories in the league’s three-year history and is a two-time winner of the TIPOFF Tournament powered by AT&T.
Season 4 of the NBA 2K League tips off this spring.