RaShawn McAllister will be one of 30 hopefuls competing in the NBA Development League Pre-Draft Camp this Saturday and Sunday in Texas.

Taking it to the next level

RaShawn McAllister took an unconventional path to reach a lofty basketball goal. And all it took was a little help from modern technology.

McAllister, a former Southern Oregon University men's basketball player, was recently named to the Miller Lite 30-Pack. For being chosen to the select group of professional hopefuls, McAllister will attend the NBA Development League Pre-Draft Camp in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday and Sunday.

As part of the Miller Lite Go Pro Challenge, aspiring basketball players submitted three-minute highlight reels on the Web site A panel of basketball judges comprised of professional scouts and administrators selected 29 players out of hundreds of videos submitted to attend the camp. The 30th player was chosen by online fan vote.

McAllister, who ran out of eligibility at SOU after the 2005-06 season, submitted video footage of him dunking at Oz Fitness Center in Medford and highlights from his collegiate playing days with the Raiders.

Right after submitting the footage, the Central Point resident noticed his video getting more and more views. Around four days after posting the video, McAllister then got a call that confirmed he'd been chosen.

"I was really surprised," said McAllister, 24. "I watched some of the videos, and they looked like pretty good videos. I didn't expect too much, but they called me and told me I'd been accepted."

The all-expense paid trip to Texas will last through Sunday.

McAllister will arrive in Arlington today, then spend the next two days trying to impress D-League coaches and executives.

The D-League, a 12-team minor league system for the NBA, will hold its 10-round draft in November, with 12 players selected in each round.

McAllister and the 29 others will use the two days to make an impression on the pro scouts.

"The final day is kind of like a workout, a showcase," said McAllister. "The way I look at it, this is a good thing no matter what happens."

McAllister, who has worked as an assistant cashier and gas station attendant at Costco for the last year and a half, came to Southern Oregon via San Bernardino Valley Junior College.

He averaged nearly 11 points at small forward for San Bernardino for two seasons. That followed a prep career at Arlington High in Riverside, Calif., where he averaged about 14 points per game and set a county record with seven 3-pointers in a single contest.

With the Raiders, McAllister was the second-leading scorer behind NAIA All-American Shea Washington, and he helped SOU advance to the national tournament in both his junior and senior seasons.

McAllister hopes to earn a degree in criminal justice this fall and plans to move back to Southern California at some point with his fiancée.

In the meantime, McAllister has played plenty of basketball to remain in tip-top condition.

"I still play almost every day," McAllister said. "And I still run and go to the gym pretty much every night.

"I haven't lost anything."

McAllister will find out this weekend just how far he has to go to further his basketball pursuits.

"I'm hoping to latch on with somebody or make a good impression so they'll draft me," McAllister said. "Even if I don't, there's so many people there watching, then maybe I can catch the eye of someone. Maybe it will help me play overseas.

"Either way, it's good exposure and that's something I've been needing."

Reach reporter Kevin Goff at 776-4483, or e-mail

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