Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Breaking Down D-League Rosters Pt. 14 : Springfield Armor

November 2nd marked the 2012 D-League draft while each team also released their training camp rosters a few days earlier.  Teams can currently carry 17 players on their training camp rosters.  That number will be whittled down to 10 by November 21st at 5pm eastern time.  There were a bevy of post-draft trades which lead to today's current rosters.  In part fourteen of this series I'll be taking a look at this year's Springfield Armor.

Springfield ended the 2011-12 regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference before a disappointing first round playoff exit at the hands of the Canton Charge.  The Armor will be the exclusive affiliate for the Nets for the second consecutive season.  The team will be led by point guard Ben Uzoh who was acquired in a post-draft trade with Rio Grande Valley in exchange for Tim Ohlbrecht, Sprinfield's first round pick.  Uzoh graduated from Tulsa in 2010 before being picked up by the Nets as undrafted free agent.  He spent 42 games with New Jersey while also being assigned to Armor for a 4 game stint.  He began last season with Rio Grande Valley and was called up in February by the Cavaliers.  After his 10-day contract expired he went back to the Vipers and was called up again in late March by the Raptors with whom he finished out the season.  He ended up playing a total of 16 games in the NBA last year while averaging 14.9 pts, 5.9 reb & 3.9 ast in his 20 D-League matches with RGV.

Point guard Ben Uzoh
Brooklyn allocated two players to the Armor from training camp this year, James Mays & Carleton Scott.  Mays is a power forward out of Clemson that began last season in Turkey with Mersin.  There he averaged 10.8 pts & 6.0 reb in 22 games.  He later joined Arecibo in Puerto Rico for 28 games while averaging 8.9 pts & 5.4 reb.  He also took part in summer league with this year with Oklahoma City.  Scott averaged 11.2 pts, 7.4 reb & 1.9 blk in his junior season at Notre Dame before entering the NBA draft.  He began his pro career with Caceres in the Spanish LEB Gold before moving to Austria.  He played 33 games for Gussing and put up 11.3 pts & 5.9 reb per game.

Ex-Clemson PF James Mays
Springfield returns just two players from a year ago.  Forward/Center Jamar Brown averaged 5.6 pts & 5.6 reb in 39 games last year in what was his 3rd D-League season.  Johnny Thomas spent 2 years at NC State before transferring to Marshall for his junior year.  Rather than return to college for his senior season, Thomas entered the D-League draft where he was selected by Springfield with the 1st pick in the 2nd round.  He would last just 9 games before being waived due to injury.  Chas McFarland returns to Springfield where he averaged 10.5 points & 5.8 rebounds during the 2010-11 season.  The seven-footer from Wake Forest spent last year in Japan with Yokohama where he played 52 games and averaged 9.7 pts & 8.5 reb.

Chas McFarland returns
A large majority of the Armor's draft picks didn't play last year and have more questions than answers.  They had two 2nd round picks and used their first one on UTEP guard Christian Polk.  Polk averaged 11.7 pts & 3.0 ast in his senior season and didn't play last year.  The second pick went to former Saint Louis forward Willie Reed.  Reed went undrafted as an early entry candidate in 2011 and has been off the radar until getting summer league & training camp invites from the Kings this year.  In round three Springfield drafted former Maryland forward Cliff Tucker.  Tucker graduated in 2011 and spent last year playing football for UTEP.  4th round pick Shawn Vanzant was part of the Butler's two NCAA final berths in 2010 & 2011.  He spent his rookie season in Finland, mostly with Korihait, where he averaged 13.1 points over 15 games.  Power forward Shawn Taggart was tabbed in the 5th round.  He left Memphis after his junior year but wasn't selected in the 2009 draft.  He began his career in Israel and went on to play in China, Spain & Ukraine before landing in Turkey's 2nd division last season.  He averaged 16.4 pts & 8.2 reb there for TED Instanbul.  7th round pick Chaz Crawford was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year in 2007 for Drexel.  The center averaged 6.8 pts & 9.3 rebounds as a senior and was last seen playing in Sweden with Solna in 2009.  Point guard Nate Brown was selected in round 8.  He's played overseas, mainly in Iceland & France, and was last seen as a member of the Austin Toros during the 2008-09 season.

2nd rd pick Christian Polk
Springfield traded their 6th round pick, Stefan Bonneau, to Austin in exchange for 3rd round pick Andrew Lovedale.  The power forward out of Davidson spent last season in the French Pro B league with Quimper where he averaged 10.8 pts & 6.3 reb.  The Nigerian born Brit has also played in Switzerland and the U.K. Springfield boasts a few tryout players as well beginning with 2010 Louisville grad Reginald Delk.  The guard is the nephew of former NBA player Tony Delk.  He began his career with the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions in the PBL before signing on with Vaerlose in Denmark last year and averaging 16.8 pts, 5.9 reb & 4.6 ast.  Louie McCroskey spent 3 years at Syracuse before transferring to Marist.  After graduating, he spent his career in Canada and in various U.S. leagues.  Last season he averaged 11.0 pts & 5.1 reb with the Jersey G-Force in the IBL.  The trio is rounded out by guard DeAndre Taylor.  Taylor is rookie from division two Northern Michigan who put up 14.1 pts & 6.0 reb in his senior season.

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