June 9, 2012


Two recent Miami University men’s basketball alumni — guard Kenny Hayes and forward Julian Mavunga — will be a part of Team Ignition as they take on the Dominican Republic National Team in exhibition games Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13.

Team Ignition will host the Dominican Republic National Team in exhibition games as it prepares for a matchup with Team USA before playing in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Both games will be played at The Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University and both games are scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.

Hayes, a 2010 Miami University graduate, has played in the NBA Developmental League for the last two seasons with the Maine Red Claws. Hayes was named the D-League Most Improved Player for 2011-12 as voted on by the league’s 16 head coaches. In his second season with the Red Claws, he averaged 17.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 5.2 apg. He shattered a Red Claw single-game scoring record and narrowly missed setting the D-League record with 52 points in a game against Springfield Armor last season. He also was invited to the Cleveland Cavaliers training camp last winter prior to the start of the NBA season. Hayes was a two-time All-MAC selection for the RedHawks, earning first-team distinction as a senior in 2010.

Mavunga just completed his senior season with the RedHawks. A three-time All-MAC selection, Mavunga captured first-team plaudits the last two seasons and was runner up for MAC MVP the last two years. Mavunga also was a two-time NABC All-District 14 selection. He broke Miami’s career games played record with 124 appearances and became the 34th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points. As a senior, Mavunga led the MAC in scoring (16.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg), joining Dick Walls, Wayne Embry and Ron Harper as the only players in program history to lead the MAC in both scoring and rebounding in a season.

Team Ignition is primarily comprised of NBA D-League players and is coached by NBA draft consultant Mark Morefield. It is sponsored by Ignition APG, which is an athletic sports performance group based out of Mason, Ohio. The Dominican Republic National Team is coached by University of Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari.

Tickets are $12 for a single game or $20 for both games. They can be purchased through the ticket office at Northern Kentucky University or www.ticketmaster.com.