Spots look slim right now. We’ve got a lot of situations going on. It’s hard to call it. People have to come ready to play.” — Tirrell Baines before training camp.
On my pre-snap look at the Erie BayHawks’ training camp roster before their first practice Saturday, I saw more than 17 players competing for 10 spots.
With the way the training roster was put together, you could pencil in certain guys to make the final 10-man roster for their season opener Nov. 23 at Fort Wayne.
They have four returning players – D.J. Kennedy, Mychel Thompson, Tirrell Baines and Marvin Phillips, Jr. – from last season’s team that went 28-22 and made the playoffs.
Figure at least two of those four are going to make team. Three isn’t out of the question.
They traded for three players – Keith Benson, Nick Covington and Demonte Harper. You don’t trade a player for a player to waive a player.
Those three should stick.
They have two players – Oscar Bellfield and Henry Sims – from the training camp of their NBA affiliate, the New York Knicks. Thompson was also in New York’s training camp.
Sims and Bellfield had little to zero chance to make the Knicks’ final roster. New York basically had those two into its camp with the idea of having them play in Erie.
So you got nine players at the most that you could say have made the team. All nine won’t make it, but the majority of those guys will.
As of Monday evening, the BayHawks have waived guard Ronnie Moss and forward Donte Roberts and LaMarcus Lowe. Those three players were draft picks.
Bellfield, Sims, Thompson, Kennedy, Baines, Phillips, Benson, Covington and Harper are still there.
Odds say many of them will still be BayHawks on Nov. 23.