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2001 NBA Pre-Draft Camp
Wane Breaks from UConn Shadow
By Chris Ekstrand
CHICAGO, June 7 -- Souleymane Wane played in the shadow of some great college players during his career at Connecticut. Richard Hamilton, Khalid El-Amin, Jake Voskuhl and Kevin Freeman usually garnered more attention while playing leading roles, while Wane was simply a valued contributor who did a little bit of everything to contribute to the winningest period in Connecticut's basketball history, including a national championship in 1999.

Thursday night, Wane stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight at a most propitious time. With NBA general managers watching intently, the 6-11, 240-pound native of Senegal notched the day's only double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in leading Team Two to a 93-80 victory over Team Five on the second day of games at the 2001 NBA Pre-Draft Camp at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

Former Arizona guard Jason Gardner drives to the hoop on Thursday.
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Wane was one of six players who reached double figures in points for Team Two. Wane was economical, hitting six of seven shots and his only free throw attempt to tally 13 points. He also impressed NBA GMs by clearing 10 rebounds in only 19 minutes.

Kenny Gregory of Kansas garnered team-high honors with 14 points, while Lee Scruggs of Georgetown, Rashad Phillips of Detroit and Maurice Evans of Texas contributed 13 points apiece for Team Two. Earl Watson of UCLA deal a tournament-high 10 assists and Eric Chenowith of Kansas added 10 points and nine rebounds for Team Two.

Charlie Bell of Michigan State, who is seen as a combination guard, showed off his shooting ability by scoring a game-high 15 points for Team Five, hitting seven of his 10 attempts from the field. Zach Marbury of Rhode Island (13 points), Martin Rancik of Iowa State (12 points, six rebounds, four assists) and Darrell Johns of Chicago State (10 points, six rebounds) also had noteworthy performances for Team Five.

Outstanding point guard play will win you plenty of games, and Team One had that quality in abundance Thursday night. Omar Cook of St. John's had nine points, nine assists and just one turnover and Jeryl Sasser of Southern Methodist sparkled with 16 points and six assists as Team One shot a tournament-best 54.2 percent from the field and pulled away in the second half.

Ryan Carroll of Texas Christian provided his second straight game in double figures with 10 points for Team One, which also received 12 points and four rebounds from physically imposing Benjamin Eze of Southern Idaho and 10 points and five rebounds from powerful Alton Ford of Houston.

Jamario Moon, one of the least-known players in camp after a short collegiate career at Meridian Junior College in Mississippi, tallied 13 points for Team Four, hitting all three of his three-point attempts. Bobby Simmons of DePaul delivered a team-high 15 points, while Michael Hicks of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals) continued to open eyes with another double figure-scoring game.

Team Three reverted to the winning formula it discovered Wednesday to notch its second straight win. Kirk Haston of Indiana (13 points) hit his open shots and Steven Hunter of DePaul (11 points, two blocked shots) was a defensive presence again for Team Three. SirValiant Brown of George Washington was solid with eight points, seven assists and zero turnovers.

Southern California's Brian Scalabrine, who added a few more floorburns to his collection, paced Team Six with 15 points, adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals. College teammate Sam Clancy was solid again with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Auburn's Jamison Brewer had nine rebounds, six points and four assists.

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