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Training Camp Roster Announced

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SHREVEPORT, La. – The three-time defending American Basketball Association national champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks have extended invitations to 21 players to attend next month’s training camp.

Players will check into Shreveport on Oct. 19 with two-a-day practices beginning Oct. 20. The team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Oct 25 and will follow with a scrimmage against a team of all-stars from Barksdale Air Force Base on Nov. 1. The camp is scheduled to last two weeks with four cuts each week getting the Mavericks down to the ABA’s league-mandated, 13-player roster limit.

Highlighted by ABA Most Valuable Player Ed Horton, the 21-player roster features five point guards, four swing guards, three swing forwards, four power forwards and five centers.

“I just think it’s going to be a real competitive camp at every position,” Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker said. “We’ve got guys who are going to have to play well to make this team, and that’s at every spot.”

Tucker said the point guard spot likely will be the focus of the two-week camp’s toughest battles. Returning Mavericks Chris Hagan and Tony Hooper are joined by Brandon Johnson, Jonathon Phelps and Erik Thrash in the point guard competition. Johnson and Phelps bring prior ABA experience, having played for the North Dallas Vandals and Jackson Showboats last season, respectively.

“We really improved ourselves from last year at the point guard spot,” Tucker said. “We’re really, really deep there. We’ve just upgraded the depth at that position more so than we have in the last two or three years. I think that’s the one position I don’t think we’ve been very good at over the last two championships. It’s been adequate, obviously, but it’s been covered up to a point because we’ve had such great wing play from our swing guards and swing forwards.”

Tucker said, despite the team’s success, it cannot rest on its laurels, and the anticipated camp competition at swing forward speaks to such. Veteran PJ Couisnard returns and is joined by a familiar face to Mavericks fans in Anthony Jackson. In the 2014 ABA championship game, Jackson, then with Jacksonville, scored 44 points against the Mavericks. Despite Jackson’s huge performance, the Mavericks came away with their third straight league championship.

“Anthony Jackson played well in the finals last year,” Tucker said. “He’s explosive, extremely talented. We’ll see how he adapts to what we do. He’s a very, very talented young guy, a 24-year-old with a great future ahead of him. The first thing he’s going to find out is there are a lot of guys here who can play. He has to prove he can play for us. He’s got to have a very good camp.”

The Mavericks have invited nine additional frontcourt players, including three 6-foot-11 center prospects, led by former ABA All-Star Jon Rogers, who rejoined the Mavericks in February last season. Swing forward invitee Chad Eichelberger gives the Mavericks a fourth 6-11 prospect. Alex Sanders (6-9, 250) is another returning Maverick fighting for a frontcourt roster spot.

More importantly than size, Tucker wants two things from those who will comprise the final 13-man roster – health and hunger.

“We had one of those years last year where we were beat up all year long,” Tucker said. “Nine of our 12 guys at the end of the year were injured. We were a beat-up basketball team when last season ended. I just hope we can stay healthier. We’ve got a chance to be a real special team.

“But just because you’re supposed to be good doesn’t meant you’re going to win. You have to do the work, take the time, do the things that help you find a way to win and create that path to success. This team still has to do that. We’ve won three championships. Those don’t mean anything. I’m going to be as tough and hard and focused as I was when we were going after the first one.”

Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks Training Camp Roster

Player Position Ht Wt. 2013-14 team
Tim Amerson PF 6-9 240 Mobile Bay (ABA)
PJ Couisnard SF 6-6 220 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Mike Crain SG 6-4 190 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Kenneth Cooper C 6-11 260 Kastrioti (Kosovo)
Brandon Davis C 6-9 250 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)/UMFN Njardvik (Iceland)
Chad Eichelberger PF 6-11 215 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)/Georgia (UBA)
Hollis Giles SF 6-3 200 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Chris Hagan PG 6-0 185 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Tyrone Hamilton SG 6-1 180 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Tony Hooper PG 6-0 190 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Ed Horton SG 6-3 180 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Anthony Jackson SG 6-1 190 Jacksonville (ABA)
Brandon Johnson PG 6-1 180 North Dallas (ABA)/Hoops Club (Lebanon)
Jonathon Phelps PG 6-1 175 Jackson (ABA)
Josh Pace PF 6-6 200 Townsville (Australia)/Fico Finance Nelson (New Zealand)
Jon Rogers C 6-11 235 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Alex Sanders C 6-9 250 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)
Terrance Scarbrough C 6-11 230 None
Jamil Terrell PF 6-9 250 Moncton (Canada/NBL)
Erik Thrash PG 6-0 170 Mobile Bay (ABA)
Currye Todd SF 6-6 210 Shreveport-Bossier (ABA)

 

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