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Collison, Thornton Highlight Hornets Summer League Roster
The Hornets have announced their full NBA Summer League Roster, which includes second year guards Marcus Thornton and Darren Collison. It may come as a surprise to some, but as of now the Hornets two first round picks, Quincy Pondexter and Craig Brackins, are not on the roster despite what numerous media outlets are reporting.
We can speculate that the two draft picks will be included after signing their rookie scale deals, but since that deal which will likely bring them to New Orleans won’t be official until July 8th, the Hornets can’t comment, and the players can’t be included on any official rosters. It must be noted that the Hornets 11th pick, Cole Aldrich, is not on the roster.
The following is the roster as released this afternoon by the Hornets:
|Feb. 9, 1984
Dec. 28, 1986
Nov. 20, 1986
Oct. 9, 1987
Aug. 23, 1987
March 9, 1984
Dec. 20, 1987
Sept. 2, 1986
Feb. 14, 1986
June 5, 1987
Dec. 17, 1980
May 16, 1978
And here is some basic info about players not named Collison or Thornton-
Maurice Ager- Drafted 28th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. In four NBA seasons Ager has averaged 2.0 points and 6.1 minutes in 78 games played (four starts). Most recently he played with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, beginning in January of 2010.
Armon Basset-Undrafted out of Ohio, Basset led the *Bobcats to a stunning opening round victory in the NCAA Tournament over third seeded Georgetown. He was the MAC Tournament MVA, averaging 29 points per game. On the season he averaged 17.1 points and made 2.18 three pointers per game.
Josh Carter- Currently under contract with the German League club EWE Baskets Oldenburgof the Euroleague through the end of the 2010/2011 season. Carter was undrafted after playing his college ball at Texas A&M. He finished his college career as the most accurate career three-point shooter in A&M history (.425).
Aubrey Coleman- Undrafted out of Houston, Coleman led the entire NCAA in scoring with 25.6 points per game. He also led team in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and steals (2.7 spg). Needless to say, he’s a scorer. His season high was 38 points at Tulane University, so perhaps he was born to play in New Orleans.
Brian Cusworth- A big, smart center who played at Harvard, Cusworth most recently averaged 10.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 22 minutes per game playing for Suzuki Manresa of the ACB, the top Spanish league.
Nikola Dragovic- Undrafted out of UCLA, Dragovic averaged 12.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 30 contests for the Bruins. He’s still very young and fairly raw. It wouldn’t be surprising for him to impress during summer league.
Kyle Hines- One of six NCAA players to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocks in a career (2,187, 1,047, 349). Last year he played with Prima Veroli in Italy, averaging 18.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.5steals and 1.6 blocks in 40 games. Has a huge wingspan, but is very undersized for his position (SF/PF)
Liam Potter- A huge center out of Sacred Heart, Potter averaged 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks (.505 FG%) in 27.3 minutes per game in 29 games. He was named most improved player in the Northeast Conference by league coaches after his final season in college so he’s probably nowhere near his potential yet. He’s originally from England.
Sean Sonderleiter- At 29 years of age, Sean is likely to be one of the oldest players at summer league. Last season he averaged 11.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 45 contests (28 starts) with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBADL.
Carlos Wheeler- A New Orleans native, Wheeler is 32 years of age and still looking to make it into the NBA. He’s played literally all over the map, with his best statistical season coming when he played with Plannja Basket Lulea in Sweden, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in 26 games.
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