Ben Uzoh Rumors

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Since he was successfully diagnosed, Uzoh has played pick-up basketball in San Antonio, but nothing on a highly competitive level. The plan of Uzoh’s agent Ugo Udezue is to have Uzoh back playing professionally in the D-League at some point this season. Uzoh still has dreams of returning to the NBA. “I don’t like playing the victim,” Uzoh said. “I am a strong-willed kid and I’d really just like to return to form. I have kind of accepted the syndrome. But it’s more of a nuisance and annoying than a syndrome. People say you got this, but I got to the NBA with it, so how bad is it? “It would be so cool to return to the NBA. I haven’t given up. I realize I’ve done more with less. Imagine when I get to use more, a sixth sense to feel?”
Ben Uzoh kept his secret away from the New Jersey Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors because he didn’t want anyone to think he was crazy. He just kept shooting jumpers, passing the ball and dribbling even though his right arm continued to lose feeling. “I didn’t know if I had diabetes,” Uzoh told Yahoo Sports. “I didn’t know if my heart was about to whatever. Why is my arm going numb? There are so many signs related to when you’re hurt or arm goes numb. All these things were taking away from my ability to be myself. “You can call it frustration, you can call it fear, you can call it whatever. I was so in the dark. I was hurting not only the team but myself.”
Teams have until April 17 to sign players who will be eligible for the first round of the postseason. Here are some of the top D-League players at each position, who could be called up at some point in the next month. GUARDS: Delonte West, Dominique Jones, Lester Hudson, Kris Joseph, Josh Selby, Courtney Fortson, Jerel McNeal, Andrew Goudelock, Christian Eyenga, Lazar Hayward, Justin Dentmon, Chris Roberts, Ben Uzoh, Sean Singletary, Ron Howard, Darington Hobson. FORWARDS: D.J. Kennedy, Samardo Samuels, Demetris Nichols, Willie Reed, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku, Rasual Butler, Damion James, Luke Harangody, Micah Downs, JaMychal Green, James Mays. CENTERS: Jerome Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Vernon Macklin, Hilton Armstrong, Keith Benson, Brian Butch, Mickell Gladness, Solomon Alabi, Jarrid Famous, Augustus Gilchrist.
The three former Nets players who find themselves on the Springfield Armor roster talked to the Atlantic Twine blog about what the Nets would like them to work out while they’re down in the D-League. Ex-Net Ben Uzoh, who the Armor acquired in a Draft Day trade, and the Nets two training camp invites sent down, Carleton Scott and James Mays, all spoke about what the NBA parent club asked them to do. Carleton Scott was told to shoot, shoot, shoot and don’t worry about missing… Being a shooter, flat out. I can shoot the ball at will in any situation. That’s what I can bring here. That’s what I’m going to do. They told me to work on shooting, to have confidence shooting the ball, not worrying about missing. Just doing that and getting better on defense.
That there won’t be a lot of stories – or any stories – out of training camp next fall on the pluckiness of Justin Dentmon or Ben Uzoh and their fight to make the team off solid showings under 10-day deals this spring. Now, both of ‘em seem to be good kids who are just trying to make a buck and an impression and while they are earning money, they aren’t doing anything to guarantee further Toronto employment. Sometimes you get 10-day guys who can make a mark, sometimes you get guys who are placeholders. Which is what they got. Nothing against either of them but we’re finding out just how big the chasm between the minors and the majors is.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Ben Uzoh from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today. The signing of Uzoh marks the 22nd GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 season. Uzoh will wear No. 6 for the Cavaliers and is available for tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. In 12 games (all starts), Uzoh has averaged 16.8 points on .525 shooting, 6.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 34.4 minutes per game with the Vipers. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound point guard was named the D-League Performer of the Week for games played Jan. 16-22 after averaging 22.3 points on .651 shooting, 8.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 37.0 minutes and leading Rio Grande Valley to a perfect 3-0 week.