As the NBA Lockout enters its "Nuclear Winter", teams in the NBA Development League are quietly preparing to begin their season next week. The Atlanta Hawks will share their D-League affiliate the Reno Bighorns with the Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies this season. Reno announced its training camp roster last week and will open the 2011-12 season on Friday November 25 against the Bakersfield Jam.
Here is a look at the full training camp roster for Reno:
The 2011-2012 training camp roster:(Name, Position, Height, Weight, College, Status)
Blake Ahearn, G, 6-2, 190, Missouri St.,Acquired in trade
Christopher Ayer, C/F, 6-10, 230, Loyola Maramount, Acquired in Trade
Cedric Bozeman, G/F, 6-6, 215, UCLA, Draft pick
Reuben Clayton, G, 6-3, 180, Tennesee-Martin, Local tryout
Chris Davis, G, 6-3, 190, Southern, Returning player
Nick Fazekas, C, 6-11, 235, Nevada, Returning player
Roderick Flemings, G, 6-7, 210, Hawaii Draft pick
Zachary Graham, G, 6-6, 210, Ole Miss Local tryout
Calvin Haynes, G, 6-2, 185, Oregon St., Draft pick
Bobby Howard, F, 6-7, 220, Montana St. Draft pick
Brent Jennings, F, 6-5, 210, Southern Polytechnic, Local Tryout
Chris Matthews, G, 6-4, 205, Saint Bonaventure, Local Tryout
Taj McCullough, F, 6-7, 225, Winthrop, Acquired
Augustine Okosun, F, 6-11, 240, Northwood, Draft pick
Donald Sims, G, 6-1, 170, Appalachian St., Draft pick
Doug Thomas, F, 6-9, 240, Iowa, Returning player
Dwight Thorne, G, 6-3, 185, Colorado, Local Tryout
A quick glance of that roster reveals a former Atlanta Hawks player that is still chasing the dream in Cedric Bozeman who spent time in Atlanta during the 2006-07 season. Another intriguing name on that list is 6-foot-11 center Nick Fezekas out of Nevada. Fezekas earned a cup of coffee in the NBA during the 2007-08 season with stints with the Mavericks and the Clippers.
Fezekas was the number one overall selection in the 2010 D-League draft. He started the first 12 games of the season averaging 14 points and seven rebounds but missed the remainder of the season with an injury.
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