Sixth Annual NBA Development League Elite Mini Camp (May 11-12)

By Brian Kotloff | May 11, 2015

The NBA Development League’s sixth annual Elite Mini Camp, a two-day scouting event featuring some of the league’s top prospects, tips off on Monday at Chicago’s Quest Multisport gym with 40 players scheduled to attend.

While the NBA Draft’s top prospects converge in the “Windy City” for their Combine, the NBA D-League’s camp offers standouts from the past season another chance to perform in front of NBA team personnel in advance of Summer Leagues and 2015 training camps.

“It’s really a great thing for our league to showcase the players,” Elite Mini Camp director Bob MacKinnon, a five-year NBA D-League coaching veteran, said during last year’s event. “Every NBA team will be represented with scouts in these two days. We changed the schedule to accommodate what NBA scouts have told us they want to see.”

The schedule will include player testing and measurements, drill work and four games across the two days.

Twenty-nine of the 37 players who participated in last year’s event eventually landed on NBA Summer League rosters — including Will Cherry (Cavaliers), Patrick Christopher (Jazz) and Kalin Lucas (Grizzlies), who earned GATORADE Call-Ups during the 2014-15 season.

Past participants include Clippers guard Lester Hudson, Jazz guard/forward Chris Johnson and Sixers guard/forward Hollis Thompson. Twelve of this year’s expected participants have NBA experience.

The tentative list of participants and coaches is below.*

*Note: Rosters are subject to change.

First Name Last Name D-League Team Height Weight Date of Birth College
Keith Appling Erie 6’1 185 2/13/1992 Michigan State
Manuel Atkins Grand Rapids 6’6 205 1/27/1991 Georgia State
Cameron Ayers Reno 6’5 205 9/18/1991 Bucknell
Jordan Bachynski Westchester 7’2 260 9/6/1989 Arizona State
Kadeem Batts Erie 6’10 245 7/6/1991 Providence
Davion Berry Maine 6’4 185 11/1/1991 Weber State
John Bohannon Erie 6’11 210 10/29/1991 UTEP
Daniel Coursey Erie 6’10 220 5/11/1992 Mercer
Aaron Craft Santa Cruz 6’2 195 2/12/1991 Ohio State
Drew Crawford Erie 6’5 215 10/18/1990 Northwestern
Andre Dawkins Sioux Falls 6’5 215 9/19/1991 Duke
Justin Dentmon Texas 6’0 185 9/5/1985 Washington
Jarell Eddie Austin 6’7 220 10/30/1991 Virginia Tech
Jarrid Famous Texas 6’11 240 7/16/1988 South Florida
Brandon Fields Idaho 6’4 195 8/13/1988 Nevada
Taylor Griffin Santa Cruz 6’7 235 4/18/1986 Oklahoma
Stephen Holt Canton 6’4 195 12/6/1991 St. Mary’s (CA)
Travis Hyman Fort Wayne 7’0 245 7/12/1987 Bowie State
Geron Johnson Rio Grande Valley 6’3 200 11/26/1989 Memphis
Jaron Johnson Rio Grande Valley 6’6 205 8/9/1992 Louisiana Tech
Jamal Jones Delaware 6’8 196 2/17/1993 Texas A&M
Shawn Jones Sioux Falls 6’8 235 3/25/1992 Middle Tennessee State
Alex Kirk Canton 7’0 250 11/14/1991 New Mexico
Akil Mitchell Rio Grande Valley 6’8 235 6/26/1992 Virginia
Xavier Munford Bakersfield 6’2 180 6/1/1992 Rhode Island
Casey Prather Bakersfield 6’6 211 5/29/1991 Florida
Ralph Sampson III Maine 6’11 240 1/5/1990 Minnesota
William Sheehey Los Angeles 6’7 200 1/16/1992 Indiana
Jonathon Simmons Austin 6’6 195 9/14/1989 Houston
Christopher Singleton Jr. Oklahoma City 6’9 230 11/21/1989 Florida State
Durrell Summers Westchester 6’4 205 4/2/1989 Michigan State
Maurice Sutton Jr. Oklahoma City 6’11 220 7/31/1989 Villanova
Marquis Teague Oklahoma City 6’2 180 2/28/1993 Kentucky
Hasheem Thabeet Grand Rapids 7’3 265 2/16/1987 Connecticutt
Adonis Thomas Grand Rapids 6’6 231 3/25/1993 Memphis
Jarvis Threatt Rio Grande Valley 6’2 165 4/3/1993 Delaware
Darquavis Tucker Reno 6’4 205 4/11/1988 DePaul
Maalik Wayns Delaware 6’2 200 5/2/1991 Villanova
David Wear Jr. Reno 6’10 230 9/21/1990 UCLA
Talib Zanna Oklahoma City 6’9 230 10/1/1990 Pittsburgh


Bob MacKinnon, Camp Director
Joel Abelson, Westchester Knicks
James Andrisevic, Santa Cruz Warriors
David Arseneault Jr., Reno Bighorns
Dean Cooper, Idaho Stampede
Gene Cross, Los Angeles D-Fenders
Tyrone Ellis, Grand Rapids
Anthony Goldwire, Erie
Royal Ivey, Oklahoma City
Jaren Jackson, Fort Wayne
Ken McDonald, Austin
Kevin Young, Delaware

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