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Posted: November 4th, 2012

Here’s a quick look at who the Erie BayHawks picked in Friday’s 2012 D-League Draft. The BayHawks drafted Danny Sumner in the eighth and final round. The BayHawks start training camp Nov. 10.

Eighth round — Danny Sumner (6-7, 225, F, William & Mary)
Date of birth: Dec. 6, 1987
Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
Background: Averaged 9.8 points in his four-year career at William & Mary that ended in 2009-10. After his senior season, he had workouts with the Atlanta Hawks. Has played overseas since college. Last season, he averaged 16.4 points playing in Germany and 14.5 points in Iceland.

Posted: April 6th, 2011

Guard Mike Gansey doesn't see his former team getting out the first round of the 2011 D-League playoffs.

Mike Gansey is picking against his former team.

On the website, Ridiculous Upside, Gansey picked the second-seeded Reno Bighorns (34-16) to beat the fifth-seeded Erie BayHawks (32-16) in the D-League’s best-of-three playoff series beginning Sunday at 5 p.m. at Tullio Arena.

Reno won its lone game against Erie this season, 100-89, at home March 16. Gansey is playing overseas in Spain. While with Erie last season, Gansey averaged 18.4 points.

This one is a bit of a head scratcher as my buddy Scott pointed out the Bighorns were 6-1 vs. Bakersfield this season but chose the Bayhawks instead.  Now I know Erie has been up and down the last couple weeks of the season but with Blake Ahearn and Ivan Johnson they have one of the best 1-2 combinations in the D-League.  Reno has been LOADED all season with an NBA roster it seems the entire year but Coach Eric Musselman has been able to put it together and have to give him some credit.

Pick: I really had a tough time picking a winner in this one but I have to go with Reno in three games here.  They just have too many athletic bodies to throw at and slow down Ivan Johnson. Despite the outstanding job Erie Coach Jay Larranaga has done this past year, the Bighorns will advance.

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Posted: November 25th, 2010

Does the name ring a bell? It should.

The Erie BayHawks drafted the former Indiana University sharpshooter in the 2009 D-League Draft. Wilmont had a team-high 23 points in a preseason win against Fort Wayne, but the BayHawks, coached by John Treloar at the time, waived him and guard Oliver Lafayette on the last day of camp.

Treloar and Erie assistant Ben McDonald were an assistants at Indiana when Wilmont, 27, was there. While Lafayette, who played for Erie in its expansion season in 2008-09, had big scoring games against the BayHawks, Wilmont contributed as well to Fort Wayne getting the best of Erie last season.

Now do you remember?

Well, Treloar is the director of player personnel in Phoenix, Lafeyette is playing overseas, but Wilmont is back in Fort Wayne and is simply on fire right now heading into today’s game against Erie.

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Posted: September 29th, 2010

Earlier today, the D-League announced two rule changes for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

I’m still wondering when it’s going to officially announced the new allocation rule I wrote about for today’s paper, but we’ll see how that shakes out.

Anyway, back to the two rule changes the league did announce today.

Rule change No. 1: The new goaltending rule follows the standard used in the international game that allows players to knock the ball away when it is on the rim. The NBA doesn’t allow players to touch the ball once it’s on the cylinder.

Rule change No. 2: Overtime periods in the D-League this year will be three minutes, not five like the NBA.

Huh?

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Posted in: D-League, NBA
Posted: September 28th, 2010

Rookie guard/forward Christian Eyenga had a good time Monday at media day, but will he be a factor for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season is the question.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers opening training camp today, the one thing I look at is to see what first- or second-year players they have that may get sent down to play for the Erie BayHawks.

This year, the Cavaliers have a couple who may wind up spending time in Erie in second-year small forward Danny Green and rookie guard/forward Christian Eyenga out of the Congo.

Let’s look at Eyenga first.

He was the guy the Cavaliers picked in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft,  but he decided to go back overseas and play in Spain. Didn’t feel as if he was ready for the NBA.

Not sure if he’s ready now, so I asked Eyenga point blank Monday at media day if he’d be open to getting sent down to the D-League.

“I’m open to it, but I want to make (the Cavaliers),” he said. “I’ve been working out to stay on the team and get some minutes. I know that they have the option to send me to the D-League, but I’m working hard to make the team.”

At 6-5 and 210 pounds, Eyenga has talent, but he didn’t average a lot of points (3.9 in 29 games for DKV Joventut Badalona) in Spain, but he’s athletic. So many would categorize someone like that as being raw.

So depending on how new Cavaliers coach Byron Scott uses him, Eyenga could be that energy guy off the bench or see his share of action in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks.

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Posted: December 12th, 2009

When North Carolina beat Kentucky en route to ending last season with a national title, Jackie Manuel had all sorts of jokes for his Erie BayHawks teammate Erik Daniels. Kentucky found itself in the NIT and its coach, Billy Gillispie, got fired.

The tables have turned this season.

With the Wildcats beating North Carolina last week, Manuel said he got a couple of voice messages from Daniels, who decided to play overseas this season after earning first-time D-League honors last season.

“He said, ‘how about them Wildcats,’” Manuel laughed after practice earlier this week.

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Posted: November 5th, 2009

The Tulsa 66ers made it official.

High school players are now jumping to the D-League as Latavious Williams became the first player to not only go from high school to the D-League, but the 66ers took him with the 16th and final pick in the first round.

He’ll look to enter the NBA Draft next season as he can’t until his graduating class was out of school a year.

Just for the record, Tulsa doesn’t play the BayHawks in Erie this season. Both games are in Tulsa Jan. 17 and Jan. 19.

Go figure, but I’m intersted to see how the 6-foot, 8-inch youngster does. He’s was supposed to go Memphis, but didn’t qualify academically. Then he was supposed to go overseas in China and didn’t.

So let’s see how this route works for him.

Posted: November 4th, 2009

Latavious Williams is jumping from high school to the D-League.

Huh?

In the past, guys went straight from high school to the NBA, but now a player must attend college at least for one year or have their graduating class be out of school a year to enter the NBA draft.

So Williams, who is from Starkville, Miss., is in the D-League draft pool for Thursday’s draft. He’s the first player to go from high school to the D-League. He finished his prep career at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas.

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Posted: August 20th, 2009
bethel

Tony Bethel may be headed back overseas?

Based on dollars, playing overseas will always look more appealing than playing in the D-League.

So when you see a team out of Newcastle out of the United Kingdom going after Erie BayHawks guard Tony Bethel, it’s understandable.

Unless a guy feels as if he has a legit chance to play in the NBA, he’s likely going to go overseas and make some serious money. So don’t expect guys like Erie’s leading scorer, Erik Daniels, to return to the BayHawks for those reasons.

Now a guy like Iowa Energy guard/forward Othyus Jeffers going overseas is surprising to me on the one end because this guy could play in the NBA. On the flip side, money talks and I’m sure it influenced him to go overseas.

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