Three BayHawks Invited to Elite Mini Camp

Although the season has ended, three BayHawks have the opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of NBA personnel once again. Keith Benson, Nick Covington and Cory Higgins have received invitations to the fourth-annual NBA Development League Elite Mini Camp today and tomorrow, May 14, at Quest MultiSport gym.

Benson (6-11, 230, Oakland) was acquired by the BayHawks prior to the start of the 2012-13 season from the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In 24 games for Erie, Benson averaged 10.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.

Covington (6-2, 200, Oklahoma City) was also acquired in the pre-season trade from Sioux Falls. Appearing in all but three of Erie’s regular season games, he averaged a career best 9.4 points per game while shooting nearly 40% from three point range.

Higgins (6-5, 180, Colorado) re-joined the squad following his release from the Charlotte Bobcats early in the season. Originally a first round draft selection by the BayHawks last year, Higgins flourished down the stretch for Erie, scoring at least 20 points per game in the team’s final 12 contests. He finished the season off with a 41 point scoring outburst against Maine on April 6, the second highest total in team history. For the year, Higgins averaged 18.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the BayHawks.

The two-day event features both drill work and full-court games for players to most accurately showcase their talents. NBA front office executives and scouts are expected to be on hand to evaluate the talent, as NBA teams look to fill Summer League and training camp rosters.

This year’s event is highlighted by 10 players with NBA experience, including seven who were NBA Draft selections: Benson (Erie BayHawks), Justin Harper (Idaho Stampede), Darington Hobson (Santa Cruz Warriors), Lester Hudson (Austin Toros), Josh Selby (Maine Red Claws), Jermaine Taylor (Maine Red Claws), and Kyle Weaver (Canton Charge). Other NBA veterans attending the camp include Mickell Gladness (Santa Cruz Warriors), Higgins (Erie BayHawks), and Edwin Ubiles Three members of the 2013 NBA D-League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Chris Daniels, Chris Johnson and Toure Murry, round out the 35-player field.

“The NBA D-League is thrilled to provide this opportunity for some of the league’s top prospects to work out in front of NBA scouts and front office personnel,” said Chris Alpert, the NBA D-League’s vice president of basketball operations and player personnel. “It’s exciting to see such a talented group of guys take the floor to display their skills, and I’m looking forward to watching them use this event as a way to further their development and their careers.”

Nine NBA D-League coaches will run the drills and exercises during the camp, while players who competed for 14 of the 16 NBA D-League teams during the 2012-13 season will participate in the event.

The event has previously been held in Los Angeles (2009), Chantilly, Va (2010), and Chicago (2012).