Earlier today, the Delaware 87ers announced their 17-man training camp roster as they begin their second season in the NBA Development League.
We are excited to announce our 17-man training camp roster as practice begins today! pic.twitter.com/DWAlMwDSNI— Delaware 87ers (@Sevens) November 3, 2014
In addition to the players whose rights were acquired during and after Saturday's D-League draft, there are eight new names vying for a spot on the final roster (not including Ronald Roberts Jr., who Liberty Ballers reported would be joining the team as an affiliate player) :
Jay Bowie: Bowie started all 31 games for the Marist Red Foxes last season, averaging 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. The 6'5", 210-pound swingman shot just 42.3 percent from the floor, but a healthy 43.4 percent from beyond the arc (4.9 attempts per game).
Mike Burwell: Burwell, a 6'5" guard who hails from East Brunswick, NJ, originally began his collegiate career at South Florida, but transferred to Towson in 2011 after his sophomore season. Last year, Burwell averaged 10.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Tiny Gallon: At 6'9" and 290 pounds, Tiny Gallon is a grown ass man who spent much of last year physically imposing his will on the opposition as a member of the 87ers. Gallon averaged 18.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in 34 appearances with the Sevens last season (26 starts).
Drew Gordon: We've written a couple of pieces about Gordon over the past few months, and the 6'8" forward actually played fairly well during the preseason (7.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG in 15.9 minutes per game) after a sub-par performance in the Vegas Summer League.
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson: Hollis-Jefferson - brother of University of Arizona standout Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - was invited to mini-camp with the Sixers back in July, but didn't make either of the team's Summer League rosters. Based on the Sevens' press release, the former Temple forward did enough in one of the 87ers' open tryouts to earn a shot with the Sixers' minor league affiliate.
Malcolm Lee: Much like Ronald Roberts, Lee barely got any run during the exhibition season (3.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG in 7.2 MPG), but Sam Hinkie and Co. liked him enough to sign him back in September, so it's not surprising that he's back with the organization.
Victor Rudd: The 6'9", 235-pound Rudd averaged 16.1 PPG (on career-high 41.8 percent shooting) and 6.8 RPG last season for the University of South Florida. If nothing else, the former Bulls' forward is capable of throwing down a highlight reel dunk every now and then.
B.J. Young: Young - a 6'4" guard out of Arkansas - spent most of last season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League, but was traded to the 87ers in early March. In eight games with Delaware, Young averaged 14.3 PPG
The Sevens held their first training camp session on Monday, and are slated to begin the season on the road on November 15 against the Canton Charge. The 87ers kick off their home schedule with a December 2 matchup against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.