NBA Development League to host third-annual elite mini camp

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News release from the NBA Development League:

NBA Development League to host 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.


About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 27 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 11th season, fans could watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at


Name | Position | Height | Weight |  Birthdate | Age | School | Team

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



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