The grind never stops for an NBA Development League prospect. After finishing up the 50-game season, the offseason is filled with events like this week’s Elite Mini Camp — a two-day showcase for 40 players in front of NBA scouts — followed by team workouts, Summer League and (if they make the cut) training camps.
At EMC in Chicago, NBADLeague.com gave some of the league’s top prospects a break from the chase for the next level with an off-the-court questionnaire.
What’s Your Hidden Talent?
Alex Kirk (Canton Charge): I can hit a golf ball a really long ways.
Stephen Holt (Canton Charge): I can ride the unicycle.
Adonis Thomas (Grand Rapids Drive): I can cook. I watch a lot of Food Network; I would say I watch more Food Network than I watch ESPN.
Keith Appling (Erie BayHawks): I’m a gamer. All types of video games. Whatever it may be — speed kart racing, basketball, football — I don’t lose in video games.
Jarell Eddie (Austin Spurs): Music. I played in a band when I was in eighth grade all the way through my senior year. I played percussion. And I make beats. I’ve got two mixtapes — one back in high school and I came out with my latest mixtape going into my senior year of college. You wanna go get that, holla at your boy Big Dippa on datpiff.com.
Jordan Bachynski (Westchester Knicks): I love to surf. It’s like nothing else. Some of the most serene moments of my life have been when I’m out on the waves early morning.
Marquis Teague (Oklahoma City Blue): I try to rap, but I ain’t that good. I stick to basketball.
Aaron Craft (Santa Cruz Warriors): I can do a Rubik’s Cube in about a minute.
What’s Your Pregame Music of Choice?
Kadeem Batts (Erie BayHawks): My favorite rapper right now is probably Future.
Casey Prather (Bakersfield Jam): I like a lot of Future.
Brandon Fields (Idaho Stampede): I listen to all Future.
Adonis Thomas (Grand Rapids Drive): Future — his 56 Nights mixtape. I’m a Memphis guy, so I like to listen to a lot of Yo Gotti, as well.
Geron Johnson (Rio Grande Valley Vipers): Yo Gotti — 901 Memphis music. CMG.
Will Sheehey (Los Angeles D-Fenders): Some classic rock. Maybe some Tom Petty.
Jamal Jones (Delaware 87ers): I love hype music. It gets me in my zone. So probably Rich Homie, Chief Keef — those types of guys.
Taylor Griffin (Santa Cruz Warriors): I’m really moody, so it depends on what my mood is. Sometimes it’s hip-hop, sometimes it’s Christian music, sometimes it’s oldies, sometimes it’s Michael Jackson.
Jordan Bachynski (Westchester Knicks): To be honest, I just like to get in my own head. I don’t really listen to anything pregame. I visualize a lot.
Favorite Food Spot in Your D-League Home
Jarell Eddie (Austin Spurs): Torchy’s Tacos was that deal. If you’re ever in Austin, Texas, go to Torchy’s Tacos and get you a Trailer Park — trashy. And tell them Jarell sent you.
Will Sheehey (Los Angeles D-Fenders): There’s a sushi place called Sugarfish that’s just out of this world.
Drew Crawford (Erie BayHawks): They had a place called Pineapple Eddie’s. It was a soul food/southern spot.
Geron Johnson (Rio Grande Valley Vipers): Pepper’s. It’s a Mexican restaurant. We went there every week — they took care of us. My favorite meal was steak tips and shrimp.
Keith Appling (Erie BayHawks): I like to go to Ruth’s Chris. I’m a big steak guy.
Marquis Teague (Oklahoma City Blue): I’m big on Cheesecake Factory. Or KD’s restaurant — that’s pretty good, too.
Brandon Fields (Idaho Stampede): My mom’s kitchen.
Jordan Bachynski (Westchester Knicks): Wherever I go, my favorite place is Chipotle. That’s my jam. I could eat there every day for the rest of my life and be happy. I never change my order — ever. I get a steak burrito, extra white rice, double meat, black beans, pico, sour cream and cheese. That’s it.
Who Ya Got in the NBA Playoffs?
Cavaliers (5 votes), Warriors (4 votes), Grizzlies (3 votes), Clippers (3 votes), Hawks (1 vote), Bulls (1 vote)
Aaron Craft (Santa Cruz Warriors): Cleveland vs. Clippers. It’s tough to pick against LeBron.
Casey Prather (Bakersfield Jam): Clippers. I want to see CP get one. He deserves it.
Durrell Summers (Westchester Knicks): I’m pulling for the Grizzlies just because of (fellow Michigan State alum) Z-Bo.
Will Sheehey (Los Angeles D-Fenders): I had Golden State and Cleveland and Golden State winning it all, so so far, so good. But I don’t know, it’s getting a little shaky.
Brandon Fields (Idaho Stampede): Bulls and Memphis. I really want to see D-Rose prove people wrong.
Marquis Teague (Oklahoma City Blue): I gotta ride with my brother. I’m riding with the Hawks. I’ve got the Clippers coming out of the West.
Taylor Griffin (Santa Cruz Warriors): I gotta go with my brother on that. That’s easy. Out of the East, I think LeBron’s gonna find a way to get there.
Geron Johnson (Rio Grande Valley Vipers): There are a lot of teams in [this gym]; I don’t want to answer that. (I got the Grizzlies, though.)
Offseason Vacation Spot
Taylor Griffin (Santa Cruz Warriors): Me and my wife are going to London this summer to celebrate our anniversary.
Stephen Holt (Canton Charge): Miami.
Jamal Jones (Delaware 87ers): Miami.
Adonis Thomas (Grand Rapids Drive): Some of the guys from my team last year, the Springfield Armor, are gonna go down to Miami together.
David Wear (Reno Bighorns): I grew up in Orange County. I really don’t go anywhere else. I just enjoy being home, enjoy being on the beach. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Keith Appling (Erie BayHawks): I like to move around a lot — L.A., Dallas, back home in Detroit. I don’t like to sit in one spot for too long.
Jordan Bachynski (Westchester Knicks): I’m not taking vacation, man. I’m working. And, I mean, I’m living in California so every day is a vacation.
Jarell Eddie (Austin Spurs): I work all summer. The summertime’s the time to get better. Ain’t no time for vacation.