The Seattle SuperSonics have announced that they have signed six players and invited them to their training camp, to begin this Friday, Sep. 26. Three of the players – Matt Barnes, Richie Frahm and Mikki Moore – participated in the Sonics summer-league camp this July. Frahm and Moore played for the Sonics entry in the Southern California Summer Pro League, while Barnes was unable to participate because of a shoulder injury sustained in Seattle.
|Skinny: Versatile swingman was 46th pick of 2002 Draft.
|Skinny: Local sharpshooter nearly made Blazers roster last season.
|Skinny: 2000 second-round draft pick has played 11 career games between Milwaukee and San Antonio.
|Skinny: Blue Demons leading scorer and second-leading rebounder as a senior.
|Skinny: Five-year NBA veteran spent most of last season in NBDL.
|Skinny: Featured in ESPN’s “Life in the D League” while playing for NBDL’s North Charleston Lowgators.
: 9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 38.9% fg (NBDL – Fayetville)
An athletic and versatile small forward, Barnes was selected out of UCLA by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 46th pick in the second round of last year’s draft. He was involved in a draft-night trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who cut him during training camp. Barnes went to the NBDL, where he was one of Fayetville’s leading scorers. Barnes impressed during the scrimmage with his ability to run the court and score in transition.
Bio:Enjoyed two excellent performances in the 50th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, scoring a combined 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting (63.6%) from the field.
Became the 43rd player in Bruin history to top the 1,000-point plateau.
Helped UCLA earn NCAA Tournament berths in all four of his collegiate seasons, with the Bruins advancing to the Sweet Sixteen his final three seasons.
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Frahm was a key part of the Gonzaga group that started the school’s run of NCAA Tournament success, starting on a pair of teams that went further than expected. Because of his shooting ability, Frahm has become a possible NBA player, nearly making the Portland Trail Blazers during training camp last season. He was cut in large part because of the many guaranteed contracts other players had. Afterwards? In his words: “I went over to Istanbul, Turkey, and had a good time there for about four and a half months. I was there for about a month of the war and then it got uncomfortable. My family was nervous, so I came home.” Frahm has also played summer-league ball with Utah.
Bio:Finished career as Gonzaga’s all-time leader in three-pointers made with 280
Finished fourth amongst school’s leading scorers with 1,621 points
Named All-WCC in 1999 and 2000
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2002-03 Stats: 15.0 ppg, 4.4 apg (Makedonikos)
Taken in the second round of the 2000 Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Hart spent the entire 2000-01 season on the Bucks roster but played in just one game. After being cut by the Bucks during training camp, Hart went to the NBDL’s Asheville Attitude. He played 12 games with Asheville before being signed by the San Antonio Spurs in late December. With the Spurs, he played ten games – eight during the month of April. Hart spent last year playing for the Greek team Makedonikos and played for the Phoenix Suns summer-league team this summer, averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 assists in five games.
Bio:Selected by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (49th pick overall) of NBA Draft 2000
Played briefly in two NBA seasons for Milwaukee (2000-01) and San Antonio (2001-02) with career averages of 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 9.3 minutes in 11 games
Averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 12 games with the Asheville Attitude in the NBDL in 2001-02
In 2002-03, signed with Greek club Makedonikos and reached the Greek Cup Final Four… Averaged 15.0 points and a team-leading 4.4 assists
First Team All Big East selection as a senior, averaged 11.4 points, 5.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds during four-year college career at Syracuse
Finished as the school’s all-time leader in steals (329) and second all-time in assists (709) behind Sherman Douglas
As a freshman, became the first Big East freshman to lead the conference in minutes played (35.7 mpg)
Named to Syracuse Men’s Basketball All-Century Team in 2000
2002-03 Stats: 15.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 54.1% fg (DePaul)
An academic partial qualifier out of high school, Hoskin signed with Eastern Kentucky and averaged 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He then spent a year at Schoolcraft College, becoming one of the most heavily recruited JC transfers in the country. Hoskin picked DePaul and played two years with the Blue Demons. He averaged 10.2 points and six rebounds as a junior. Named third-team All-Conference USA as a senior, Hoskin led DePaul by scoring 15.6 points per game and his 7.6 rebound average was second on the team. Hoskin was not selected in this year’s draft.
2002-03 Stats: 16.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 52.8% fg (NBDL – Roanoke)
Undrafted out of Nebraska, Moore hooked on with the Pistons during the 1998-99 season and became a fixture the next three years. He averaged 7.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg during the 1999-00 season, his best in the NBA. The Pistons bought out the final year of Moore’s contract last summer to decongest their roster. He had stints in the NBA with both Atlanta and Boston, but spent most of the season with Roanoke of the NBDL, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors and also making first-team All-NBDL. A lithe 7-0, 225, Moore has shot better than 50% in his NBA career and is a solid rebounder and shot-blocker.
Bio:Played in the NBA from 1998-99 to 2001-02 with the Detroit Pistons
In 2001-02, averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 30 games
In 2000-01, appeared in 81 games (starting twice) and averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds
In 1999-00, averaged 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29 games
Joined team in February of the 1998-99 season and appeared in two games
Finished collegiate career at Nebraska as the school’s all-time leading shot-blocker with 236. Also owns the school single-game blocked shots record with nine in one game, against Coppin State
Led team in blocked shots each of his last three seasons. Increased scoring average each year in school, finishing his senior year averaging 11.7 points a game.
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2002-03 Stats: 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 45.0% fg (CBA – Gary)
Despite not posting overwhelming numbers his senior season at Charlotte (then named UNC Charlotte), 14.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg, Young was considered a possible first-round pick because of his versatility and defensive ability. He slipped to the 48th pick of the second round, where he was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks. Young spent the 1999-00 season in the CBA with the Grand Rapids Hoops, averaging 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. After a year in Japan, Young played for the NBDL’s North Charleston Lowgators and helped lead the team to the first-ever NBDL Finals. Last season, Young returned to the CBA, averaging 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Gary Steelheads.