Norvel Pelle RumorsAll NBA Players
Though nothing was announced, we hear the Heat summoned these 10 players to audition at a free agent camp this week: shooting guards Rodney McGruder (who played on its D-League team in Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Quinton Upshur (Northern Arizona/Portugal); Brandan Kearney (University of Detroit); Juwan Howard Jr. (son of the Heat assistant/played in Spanish League) and Jabril Trawick (Georgetown/Sioux Falls), plus forwards Okaro White (FSU/Greece), Xavier Gibson (FSU/Greece), Kevin Tumba (Belgium), Kenny Gabriel (Auburn/Turkey) and 6-11 Norvel Pelle, a skilled shot-blocker who was the No. 1 center in the 2011 high school class, failed to qualify at St. John’s and has played in the D-League, Taiwan and elsewhere since. Players who finished this past season in the NBA cannot be brought in for workouts before July 1.
Without any real game film against top-notch competition, Pelle enters the 2013-2014 NBA D-League season as one of the largest unknown talents in the entire league. However, after listening to Thompson describe player’s reactions in the competitive games which Pelle has been playing in, and the documented interest from NBA scouts and general managers, Pelle is likely to make a large splash in the NBADL this season.
According to a source, 6’10” Norvel Pelle has signed a D-League contract, and will be available in the upcoming 2013 NBA D-League draft. Back in June, Pelle withdrew from the 2013 NBA draft because of a foot injury. Pelle’s likely entry into the NBADL draft is timely, as the combo power forward/center is yet another once highly touted prep player, without college experience, looking to use the NBA D-League as a springboard to the Association.
Norvel Pelle was supposed to be the sleeper in the draft. But after below-average performances at the draft combine and in New Jersey, it’s likely he slides out of the draft. There is raw talent there, but it’s far, far away.