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October 1, 2007

The New Orleans Hornets announced that have signed free agents Ryan Bowen, Trey Johnson, Anthony Richardson and Eric Chenowith. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. The addition of the three players puts the Hornets training camp roster at 16.

Bowen, a 6-9 forward, is a seven-year NBA veteran who has spent time with the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets. He has appeared in 432 career games (78 starts) in the NBA, averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13.0 minutes. Most recently, he appeared on the Minnesota Timberwolves summer league roster at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas where he averaged 5.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.4 minutes over five games. Bowen spent time with Tau Ceramica (Spain) and Ironi Nahariya (Israel) during the 2006-07 season. He averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds for Ironi in five games and did not appear in a game for Tau due to medial reasons. His best NBA season came in 2001-02 when he averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 75 games (21 starts) for the Nuggets.

Johnson, a 6-5 guard from Jackson State University, was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year his senior season at JSU after averaging 27.1 points (second in the nation) and 4.5 rebounds in 35 games (all starts). He earned First Team All-SWAC honors his junior and senior seasons and finished as Jackson States eighth all-time leading scorer with 1,698 career points. He played one season each at Northeast Mississippi Community College and Alcorn State before transferring to Jackson State.

Richardson, a 6-9 forward from Florida State, participated on the Hornets summer league team at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Richardson averaged 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in five games (one start) for New Orleans, while shooting .520 percent from the floor in 24.4 minutes. During the 2006-07 season, Richardson spent time with the Kansas City Cagerz of the United States Basketball League and the Butte Daredevils of the Continental Basketball Association. He averaged a league-best 20.0 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Cagerz en route to being named the Most Valuable Player of the league and helping bring the USBL Championship to Kansas City. Richardson appeared in 46 games (42 starts) for the Daredevils, averaging 15.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. He captured the Slam Dunk title at the CBA All-Star game.

Chenowith, a 7-1 center, started last season as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls before being released before the start of the regular season. He signed a temporary contract with Criollos de Caguars in Puerto Rico before moving to Cariduros de Fajardo of the same league. He averaged 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.1 minutes over 11 games with Fajardo. A former standout at Kansas, Chenowith was originally selected with the 43rd overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.

2007-08 Hornets Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate College/Country NBA Exp
12 Hilton Armstrong C/F 6-11 235 Nov. 11, 1984 Connecticut 1
40 Ryan Bowen F 6-9 218 Nov. 20, 1975 Iowa 7
45 Rasual Butler F 6-7 205 May 23, 1979 LaSalle 5
6 Tyson Chandler; C 7-1 235 Oct. 2, 1982 Dominguez H.S. (Calif.) 6
51 Eric Chenowith C 7-1 270 Mar. 9, 1979 Kansas R
33 Melvin Ely C 6-10 261 May 2, 1978 Fresno State 5
1 Adam Haluska G 6-5 210 Nov. 16, 1983 Iowa R
8 Bobby Jackson G 6-1 185 Mar. 13, 1973 Minnesota 10
24 Trey Johnson G 6-5 218 Aug. 30, 1984 Jackson State R
2 Jannero Pargo G 6-1 175 Oct. 22, 1979 Arkansas 5
9 Morris Peterson G/F 6-7 220 Aug. 26, 1977 Michigan State 7
3 Chris Paul; G 6-0 175 May 6, 1985 Wake Forest 2
54 Anthony Richardson F 6-9 210 July 29, 1983 Florida State R
16 Peja Stojakovic F/G 6-10 229 June 9, 1977 Yugoslavia 9
11 Marcus Vinicius F 6-8 225 May 31, 1984 Brazil 1
30 David West F 6-9 240 Aug. 29, 1980 Xavier 4
32 Julian Wright F 6-8 225 May 20, 1987 Kansas R

Head Coach: Byron Scott, Arizona State
Assistant Coaches: Darrell Walker, Arkansas
Kenny Gattison, Old Dominion
Charlie Parker, Findlay (OH)
Paul Pressey, Tulsa
Trainer: Terry Kofler, Xavier
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