July 8, 2009
SAN ANTONIO - Former Tennessee basketball standout Marcus Haislip (1999-2002) has signed a contract to play for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, the organization announced Wednesday. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Haislip, a 6-10, 230-pound forward, spent the past two seasons playing for Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish ACB League and in Euroleague competition. Last year he appeared in 35 games in Spanish League play, averaging a team-high 15.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game. He shot .555 (117-211) from the field and .394 (65-165) from three-point range. In 14 Euroleague games, he averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game. In 2007, Haislip helped lead Efes Pilsen Istanbul to the Turkish National Championship.
Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 13th overall pick in 2002 NBA Draft, Haislip spent three seasons in the NBA before making the move overseas. He played two seasons with the Bucks before signing with the Indiana Pacers for the 2004-05 season. For his NBA career Haislip has appeared in 79 games, averaging 3.6 points and 1.5 assists.
During his three seasons as a student-athlete at UT, the Lewisburg, Tenn., native averaged 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. His best season came as a junior in 2001-02--after which he made the leap to the NBA--as he posted career-highs in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounding (6.7 rpg) and minutes (33.5 mpg). He was honored by the Southeastern Conference coaches following that season, earning second-team All-SEC recognition.
Haislip is the third Vol ever to play for the Spurs, joining former Tennessee greats Dale Ellis (1992-94) and Reggie Johnson (1980-82).