G League Rumors
The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the NBA draft combine that starts Thursday. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Tulsa’s DaQuan Jeffries, Auburn’s Jared Harper, Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry and Ole Miss’ Terence Davis were invited Wednesday to stay.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Orlando assistant Steve Hetzel interviewed for the Cleveland coaching job today, league sources tell ESPN. Hetzel has been with Steve Clifford in Charlotte and Orlando, but initially worked for Cavs as a video coordinator and G League head coach.
2 Chainz is going to the league – as a part-owner. Grammy Award winning recording artist and College Park native Tauheed ‘2 Chainz’ Epps has agreed to an ownership stake in the Hawks’ NBA G League team, the College Park Skyhawks. He joins the ownership group of the affiliate led by Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler.A formal announcement will be made at a Friday afternoon press conference at his alma mater North Clayton High School.
The Skyhawks will begin play next season at the Gateway Center in College Park, a new multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena. The venue holds 5,000 for concerts and 3,500 for basketball games. Of the new arena, Epps said it was $40 million well spent.Epps plans to use his new position as a platform.“I’m an entertainer,” Epps said. “I’m a hip-hop musician. … I’m able to use my platform to inspire the youth, with real action though, like real time, not just stories of what it used to be. I’m able to show them a real timeline of me actually going through these steps, ups and downs, and to continue the marathon. This is a real story that people can relate to. I’m tangible. I’m accessible. I’m somebody that people can touch, get next to. I’m at Hawks games with my kids. I’m a real person. I’m very transparent. I think the Hawks see how I can help spark the next coach, assistant, owner.”
Kansas sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa had a simple reason for declining an invitation to the NBA G League Elite Camp, his guardian, Fenny Falmagne stated Tuesday. “He just didn’t feel like doing that. (The) NBA is what he wants,” Falmagne said in a text message to The Star.
Mark Singelais: Siena freshman guard Jalen Pickett worked out for the Spurs on Saturday and the Thunder on Sunday. He has another workout set up with the Nets on Wednesday. Then he takes part in the G League Elite Camp in Chicago next Monday.