Several players vying to make the final 10-man roster of the Erie BayHawks made a lasting impression the team’s general manager of basketball operations – Allan Houston.
The assistant general manager of the New York Knicks came to Erie on Sunday for training camp and left Monday afternoon. Here’s a list of the players Houston named when asked who stood out to him while he was at training camp.
Donald Sloan (23 years old, 6-3, 205, Texas A&M) – “I saw it in the Pan-Am trials. Didn’t get to see much of him last year (playing for the Reno Bighorns), but he’s a real point guard. The more and more I talk to other personnel and people throughout the league, a lot of guys come into this league and they have to be combos. A lot of guys who are twos trying to be ones because of their size, but he’s a real point guard. I like his demeanor. Athletic, explosive and he sees the floor well.”
Chris Daniels (27 years old, 7-0, 265, Texas A&M Corpus Christi) – “I like Chris’ skill level.”
Cory Higgins (22 years old, 6-5, 180, Colorado) – “Cory is very efficient. Like we thought, he handles the ball well. Good mid-range shooter. Good defender. He’s probably going to have to get a little bit stronger, but that’s natural for when you come out of college.”
Mychel Thompson (23 years old, 6-7, 200, Pepperdine) – “He had a good practice today. He’s getting more aggressive. I think for him, it’s almost like a guy like that will probably be better than he was in college just because things will seem a little more open for him in terms of getting into the lane. The distance between somebody closing out to you will be a little more open because his athleticism and his size will hopefully be an advantage.”
Jeff Graves (30 years old, 6-9, 275, Kansas) – “He didn’t look bad. We talked about him just getting in better shape, but he’s got good skill level.”