NBA Development League Hosts Third Annual Elite Mini Camp
New York, May 31, 2012 –– The NBA Development League will host the third-annual Elite Mini Camp on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5, at Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute. The Camp features some of the NBA D-League’s top prospects from the 2011-12 season, and serves as an opportunity for those players to display their skills and be evaluated NBA team personnel.
The two-day event features both drill work and full-court games, giving players the best opportunity to showcase their talents. More than 50 NBA front office executives and scouts are expected to be on hand to evaluate the talent.
"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). Three members of the 2012 NBA D-League Champion Austin Toros, Terrance Woodbury, Julian Wright and Luke Zeller, round out the 36-player field.
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|