Ladies and gentlemen, crustaceans of all kinds, the roster for the 2010-2011 Maine Red Claws has been decided. This team is young and athletic and could make an impact very quickly this season.
Here is the lineup as of now:
-Lawrence Westbrook- draftee guard out of U. of Minnesota. He played well in a recent game with the Springfield Armor, scoring 13 points in 14 minutes off the bench.
-Kenny Hayes- draftee guard of the U. of Miami (OH). He has a nice eye for passing, having dished out five assists in only 17 minutes of play during the Springfield game.
-Jamar Smith- this guard from Southern Indiana was sent to Maine via the Boston Celtics. While he plays guard, he has enough size to help on the boards, which hurt the Claws during the six game skid that ended last season. He was names Division II Player of the Year in 2010.
-LaMonte Ulmer- forward from Rhode Island came to Maine via the open tryouts in Boston. He has a hard-nose for defense, grabbing ten boards and gathering two steals in the win over the Armor. He is also a smart shooter who does not take a lot of bad shots.
-Mario West- the only returning player from last season, West missed the game against Springfield. His ability to play above the rim won him a number of dunk titles while at Georgia Tech, and got him notoriety with Maine fans.
-Champ Oguchi- drafted out of Illinois State, this guard is an outside threat that this team could use to keep defenses honest. He hit four treys during the Springfield game, scoring 16 points, collecting five rebounds and two steals.
-Paul Harris- coming from Syracuse, he is one of the original Red Claws draftees . He was, by far, the player of the game against the Armor, scoring 17 and grabbing ten boards. While only six-foot-five, he carries enough meat (235 pounds) to be an inside threat and a threat on the boards.
-Stephane Lasme- sent to Maine after getting cut by the Celtics, this former UMASS Minuteman has the most experience on this relatively young team. He has seen D-League action already, in L.A., and has played in a number of European league teams. He tweaked an ankle during the Armor game, and only played two minutes.
-Eugene Spates- drafted out of Northeastern. Spates could be an overall player for the Claws. During his time with BC Mess in Luxembourg, he averaged over 30 points and 13 boards, had great defense and shooting numbers. During the game with the Armor, he scored nine and grabbed four.
-Keith “Tiny” Gallon- also cut by Boston, this former Oklahoma Sooner will be instrumental to the low-post success of the Claws this season. He has a massive body (hence the nickname “Tiny”), but can move quite nimbly for a 310 pounder. He scored 14 points in 18 minutes off the Claws’ bench on Monday.
-Magnum Rolle- the first player drafted by Maine this year, Rolle was the most highly touted man coming into training camp. His height and agility will be huge, following in the footsteps of former Red Claws like Alexis Ajinca, Paul Davis, and Kurt Loooooooby. Against Springfield, he only grabbed three boards, but score 16 and blocked three shots.
The season for Maine begins with a back-to-back session with the Austin Toros. Game one will be Friday night beginning at 7pm. Check out the game in person, on NBA Futurecast, or listen to the broadcast on the Big Jab. Thanks!