Three Red Claws Players Invited to Fifth Annual NBA D-League Elite Mini Camp
NEW YORK - May 8, 2014 - The NBA Development League announced today that Maine Red Claws players Damen Bell-Holter, Abdul Gaddy and Zeke Marshall are three of the 37 players that will be participating in the league's fifth annual Elite Mini Camp on Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13 at Chicago’s Quest Multisports gym.
The camp features top 2013-14 NBA D-League prospects and, through drill work and full-court games, gives players an opportunity to display their skills and be evaluated by NBA team personnel in advance of NBA Summer Leagues and 2014 training camps.
Damen Bell-Holter (6-9, 245, Oral Roberts) joined the Red Claws as an affiliate player after participating in the Boston Celtics pre-season training camp. The rookie forward appeared in 48 games (16 starts) for Maine with averages of 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds on the year. Bell-Holter scored a career-high 24 points against the Erie BayHawks on Jan. 18 and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds Mar. 21 against the Delaware 87ers.
Abdul Gaddy (6-3, 195, Washington) was acquired by the Red Claws in a post-draft trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Appearing in 46 games (32 starts), Gaddy posted averages of 9.0 points while shooting .420 from three-point range, 5.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds. The rookie point guard saw drastic improvements in his production during the season, posting averages of 5.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds during games played in Nov-Dec, while increasing his averages to 12.8 points, 6.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds during games played from Feb-Mar. On Mar. 2, Gaddy recorded the fourth triple-double in Red Claws history when he posted a career-best 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds against the Austin Toros.
Zeke Marshall (7-0, 235, Akron) was acquired in a trade with the Reno Bighorns on Dec. 10. Marshall appeared in 40 games (13 starts) for the Red Claws while posting averages of 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks - ranking him seventh in the D-League for blocks per game. The rookie big man was named to the NBA Development League All-Rookie Second Team on May 1.