Four Charge Players Invited to 2012 NBA Development League Elite Camp
The Canton Charge will have four players represented at the third-annual NBA Development League Elite Camp on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5 at Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute. Guard Josh Akognon, Forward Tyrell Biggs, Guard T.J. Campbell and forward Frank Hassell will all be on hand to showcase their skills.
The two-day event features both drill work and full-court games to give players the best opportunity to display their talents. All in all, 40 D-League prospects will be out to play in front of the 50-plus NBA front office executives and scouts that will be on hand to evaluate the talent.
Biggs was a 2011-12 NBA D-League All Star for Canton, playing in 38 games (23 starts) and averaging 12.9 points on .458 shooting with 5.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 26.1 minutes per game. Campbell played in all 50 of the Charge’s regular season games (36 starts) and started in all six postseason contests. He was a key cog in the Charge’s run deep into the postseason as he averaged 15.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.0 steal in the playoffs.
Hassell played in 39 games for the Charge last season and posted averages of 10.6 points on .548 shooting, 6.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 20.6 minutes per game. Akognon was a late-season addition and played in three games for Canton, averaging 16.0 points on .486 shooting, including a 33-point output in a playoff-clinching victory at Erie on April 6.
"The NBA D-League's Elite Mini Camp gives almost 40 top prospects from our league an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of more than 50 NBA scouts and front office personnel," said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. "At the same time, the event affords NBA teams an offseason chance to check in on elite young players as they fill their summer league and training camp rosters."
The event is highlighted by eight players with NBA experience, including former Chicago Bulls guard JamesOn Curry and his Springfield Armor teammate Dennis Horner, who found his way to the NBA D-League by way of a national tryout before earning a GATORADE Call-Up to the NBA last season. Other NBA veterans include Keith Benson (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Trey Johnson (Bakersfield Jam), and Alando Tucker (Texas Legends).
The event, which was held in Los Angeles in 2009 and Chantilly, Va. in 2010, returns following a one-year hiatus in 2011.
A full roster of players expected to attend is below.
|Akognon, Josh||G||5'11||185||02/10/86||26||Cal State Fullerton||Canton Charge|
|Andrews, Zach||C||6'9||230||03/09/85||27||Bradley||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|Benson, Keith||C||6'11||230||08/13/88||23||Oakland||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|Biggs, Tyrell||F||6'8||240||08/01/86||25||Pittsburgh||Canton Charge|
|Campbell, TJ||G||5'9||190||01/23/88||24||Portland||Canton Charge|
|Curry, JamesOn||G||6'4||200||01/07/86||26||Oklahoma State||Springfield Armor|
|Dove, Marcus||F||6'9||225||06/17/85||26||Oklahoma State||Dakota Wizards|
|Efevberha, Mike||G||6'4||195||08/22/84||27||Cal State Northridge||Iowa Energy|
|Eldridge, Osiris||G||6'3||190||06/18/88||23||Illinois State||Bakersfield Jam|
|Farrakhan, Mustapha||G||6'4||181||11/02/88||23||Virginia||Bakersfield Jam|
|Garcia, Charles||C||6'10||235||10/13/88||23||Seattle||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Goldcamp, Kyle||C||6'10||250||06/10/86||25||Gannon||Erie BayHawks|
|Hannah, Stefhon||G||6'1||185||06/14/85||26||Missouri||Dakota Wizards|
|Hassell, Frank||C||6'8||235||10/09/88||23||Old Dominion||Canton Charge|
|Hayes, Kenny||G||6'2||175||04/16/87||25||Miami (OH)||Maine Red Claws|
|Hill, Lawrence||F||6'8||235||09/16/87||24||Stanford||Maine Red Claws|
|Horner, Dennis||F||6'9||230||02/05/88||24||North Carolina State||Springfield Armor|
|James, Delroy||F||6'8||225||05/04/87||25||Rhode Island||Tulsa 66ers|
|Johnson, Trey||G||6'5||218||08/30/84||27||Jackson State||Bakersfield Jam|
|Johnson, Tyren||F||6'7||225||07/24/88||23||Louisiana-Lafayette||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|Jones, Cam||G||6'4||185||05/04/89||23||Northern Arizona||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Lazare, Darnell||F||6'8||240||01/29/85||27||Louisiana State||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Lyons, Leo||F||6'9||235||05/25/87||25||Missouri||Dakota Wizards|
|Major, Renaldo||F||6'6||210||05/07/82||30||Fresno State||Bakersfield Jam|
|Mason Jr., Anthony||F||6'7||205||01/25/87||25||St. John's||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|Roberts, Chris||G||6'4||205||03/24/88||24||Bradley||Texas Legends|
|Saunders, Damian||F||6'8||214||12/01/88||23||Duquesne||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|Smith, Jerry||G||6'2||190||09/26/87||24||Louisville||Springfield Armor|
|Strong, Ben||C||6'11||220||09/10/86||25||Guilford||Iowa Energy|
|Tarver, Seth||G||6'5||215||07/01/88||23||Oregon State||Idaho Stampede|
|Tucker, Alando||F||6'6||205||02/11/84||28||Wisconsin||Texas Legends|
|Williams, LD||G||6'4||210||05/08/88||24||Wake Forest||Springfield Armor|
|Wise, Jeremy||G||6'2||185||03/13/86||26||Southern Mississippi||Bakersfield Jam|
|Woodbury, Terrance||F||6'7||223||06/16/87||24||Georgia||Austin Toros|
|Wright, Julian||F||6'8||235||05/20/87||25||Kansas||Austin Toros|
|Zeller, Luke||C||6'11||245||04/07/87||25||Notre Dame||Austin Toros|