BayHawks Complete Two Trades

The Erie BayHawks have completed two separate trades today with the Reno Bighorns and Sioux Falls Skyforce. Following the completion of both deals, Erie has acquired Keith Benson, Nick Covington and Demonte Harper.

The BayHawks originally dealt three players to the Reno Bighorns in exchange for Mike Davis and Harper. In return for Reno’s first and second round picks from last Friday’s draft, the BayHawks sent first round pick Jack McClinton and second round pick Alex Ruoff as well as veteran guard Garrett Temple to the Bighorns.

Erie then shipped Davis to the Sioux Falls Skyforce for center Keith Benson and guard Nick Covington.

Benson (6-11, 230) saw action in 20 games for the Skyforce last season, averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Originally drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, Benson also spent time with the Golden State Warriors following his Gatorade Call-Up.

Covington (6-2, 200) averaged 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last season with the Iowa Energy and Skyforce.

Harper (6-4, 195) played collegiately for Morehead State University. As a senior, Harper averaged 16.0 points per game and left the Eagles program as the 15th highest scorer and 4th best assist man in the school’s history.

Temple played with Erie during the 2010-11 season prior to spending the majority of last season with various NBA teams.

Both of Erie’s newly acquired players are expected to be in town for the start of Erie’s training camp on Saturday.

Erie’s regular season opener will take place on Friday, November 23 in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the BayHawks square off against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The BayHawks will begin their home season on Saturday, December 1 against division foe Canton. Full season tickets, mini plans and groups can be purchased by calling 814-790-5600.

GRyan AndersonNebraskaFree Agent Tryout ('12)
FTirrell BainesMarshall2011 Draft (4th Rd.)
GOscar BellfieldUNLVAffiliate Player
GKeith BensonOaklandTrade (Sioux Falls)
FBrandon BowdryEastern Michigan2011 Draft (3rd Rd.)
FMalik CookeSouth Carolina2011 Draft (4th Rd.)
GNick CovingtonOklahoma CityTrade (Sioux Falls)
GCarlton GuytonKent State2011 Draft (7th Rd.)
GDemonte HarperMorehead StateTrade (Reno)
GD.J. KennedySt. John'sFree Agent Tryout ('11)
CLaMarcue LoweDetroit Mercy2012 Draft (3rd Rd.)
GRonnie MossTexas Wesleyan2012 Draft (5th Rd.)
FMarvin Phillips, Jr.ClaflinTrade (2011, Ft. Wayne)
FDonte RobertsLewis-Clark St.2012 Draft (6th Rd.)
CHenry SimsGeorgetownAffiliate Player
FDanny SumnerWilliam & Mary2012 Draft (8th Rd.)
FMychel ThompsonPepperdine2011 Draft (3rd Rd.)