Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 | 5:48 p.m.
Former UNLV basketball player Romel Beck was acquired Monday by the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League.
Beck is expected to play his first game for Dakota on Thursday in Erie.
After averaging 10.4 points in five games for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ squad in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, he hooked on with Croatian team KK Zadar in the Adriatic League.
However, during a preseason tour of France, a dispute with Zadar coach Aleksandar Petrovic led to Beck’s release. He played for Los Tecos of Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara of the Mexican Basketball Federation for two months.
During the 2007-08 season in the Italian Serie A, the 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward averaged 12.3 in 19 games for Cimberio Varese and 17.5 rebounds in 15 games for Pierrel Capo d’Orlando.
“Beck is a great scorer,” said Wizards general manager Tom Wagganer. “He is a promising player with great offensive skills, who runs the court well and can easily hit a 3-pointer. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do within our lineup.”
Beck averaged 13.2 points as a senior at UNLV and 14.2 as a junior. He has twice represented the Mexican national team.