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, JoshG5'1118502/10/8626Cal State FullertonCanton Charge
Andrews, ZachC6'923003/09/8527BradleyLos Angeles D-Fenders
Benson, KeithC6'1123008/13/8823OaklandSioux Falls Skyforce
Biggs, TyrellF6'824008/01/8625PittsburghCanton Charge
Campbell, TJG5'919001/23/8824PortlandCanton Charge
Curry, JamesOnG6'420001/07/8626Oklahoma StateSpringfield Armor
Dove, MarcusF6'922506/17/8526Oklahoma StateDakota Wizards
Efevberha, MikeG6'419508/22/8427Cal State NorthridgeIowa Energy
Eldridge, OsirisG6'319006/18/8823Illinois StateBakersfield Jam
Farrakhan, MustaphaG6'418111/02/8823VirginiaBakersfield Jam
Garcia, CharlesC6'1023510/13/8823SeattleFort Wayne Mad Ants
Goldcamp, KyleC6'1025006/10/8625GannonErie BayHawks
Hannah, StefhonG6'118506/14/8526MissouriDakota Wizards
Hassell, FrankC6'823510/09/8823Old DominionCanton Charge
Hayes, KennyG6'217504/16/8725Miami (OH)Maine Red Claws
Hill, LawrenceF6'823509/16/8724StanfordMaine Red Claws
Horner, DennisF6'923002/05/8824North Carolina StateSpringfield Armor
James, DelroyF6'822505/04/8725Rhode IslandTulsa 66ers
Johnson, TreyG6'521808/30/8427Jackson StateBakersfield Jam
Johnson, TyrenF6'722507/24/8823Louisiana-LafayetteRio Grande Valley Vipers
Jones, CamG6'418505/04/8923Northern ArizonaFort Wayne Mad Ants
Lazare, DarnellF6'824001/29/8527Louisiana StateFort Wayne Mad Ants
Lyons, LeoF6'923505/25/8725MissouriDakota Wizards
Major, RenaldoF6'621005/07/8230Fresno StateBakersfield Jam
Mason Jr., AnthonyF6'720501/25/8725St. John'sSioux Falls Skyforce
Roberts, ChrisG6'420503/24/8824BradleyTexas Legends
Saunders, DamianF6'821412/01/8823DuquesneRio Grande Valley Vipers
Smith, JerryG6'219009/26/8724LouisvilleSpringfield Armor
Strong, BenC6'1122009/10/8625GuilfordIowa Energy
Tarver, SethG6'521507/01/8823Oregon StateIdaho Stampede
Tucker, AlandoF6'620502/11/8428WisconsinTexas Legends
Williams, LDG6'421005/08/8824Wake ForestSpringfield Armor
Wise, JeremyG6'218503/13/8626Southern MississippiBakersfield Jam
Woodbury, TerranceF6'722306/16/8724GeorgiaAustin Toros
Wright, JulianF6'823505/20/8725KansasAustin Toros
Zeller, LukeC6'1124504/07/8725Notre DameAustin Toros