Luke Schenscher's back!
|3||Jimmy Baron||G||6'3"||195||Rhode Island|
|8||Patrick Mills||G||6'0"||175||St. Mary's (CA)|
|31||Jeff Pendergraph||F-C||6'9"||240||Arizona State|
|2||Luke Schenscher||C||7'1"||265||Georgia Tech|
|23||Reyshawn Terry||F||6'8"||222||North Carolina|
Once again, a reminder that we've been talking about players without guaranteed roster spots in this series. So Blazer's Edge has you covered for Jeff Pendgraph, Dante Cunningham, Luke Babbitt, Patrick Mills and Armon Johnson. In fact, they have a handy post with all of them included for you. This is the place for everyone else.
Michael Fey, C, UCLA - Fey played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders last year, where he was pretty good on offense and not much to speak of on defense. He has a decent jumpshot and good size, but he wasn't very consistent either in scoring or rebounding. The Blazers have a fair amount of big men so I doubt he catches on here, and given that he was a candidate to go play in the Philippines this year he may head overseas of another NBA team doesn't try to keep him here and/or in the D-League.
Luke Schenscher, C, Georgia Tech - I wouldn't have thought Schenscher was likely to play in the NBA at all this year, but he also hasn't been to Summer League in awhile so the fact that he came back from Australia (or is going to Australia "back?") may mean something, I suppose. Schenscher was last seen in the NBA in 2007 with these self same Trail Blazers; since then he's been playing in Germany and his native Australia. Personally, with all the jokes about how Miami needs a cheap center now, Miami should look to reunite Chris Bosh with his old college teammate (I think Scott just passed out). The results would be Schenschational.
Ekene Ibekwe, PF, Maryland - Ibekwe is an athletic shotblocker and rebounder, but offensively he struggles with his shot. He has improved a bit over the past few years playing in Israel and Turkey, and he reportedly looked pretty good at last year's Summer League (with Toronto). He sounds like someone who could work his way into a training camp invite with another good performance, but according to ShamSports he had a hard time latching onto a European team last year and eventually had to drop down to the Turkish second division, so I don' t know what's going on there. Here's also a highlight video of him from two seasons ago.
Demetris Nichols, SF, Syracuse - Portland actually drafted Nichols three years ago but traded him to the Knicks on draft night. He's a good shooter and defender, but hasn't stuck anywhere at this point. He was okay but not great in the Orlando Summer League. His 40 percent three-point shooting there was the result of going 0-3 one game and 2-2 the next, and he also didn't contribute much in other areas of the box score.
Joe Krabbenhoft, SF, Wisconsin - Krabbenhoft split time between playing in Korea and Sioux Falls last season, and he's a very good rebounder for his size. He also can hit threes occasionally, though they're not a huge part of his game. Basically he did whatever the Skyforce needed him to do, be it score, rebound or distribute. Not all of those qualities will translate to the NBA, but being multi-faceted never hurts.
Reyshawn Terry, SF, North Carolina - Yes, Reyshawn Terry is still hanging around. He has played in Greece and Spain the last few years, both solid leagues, though it appears his three-point shooting has declined. The Portland roster is pretty full, so it's doubtful any of these players will end up on the Blazers roster, but while an NBA could take interest in Terry should he come through with big games here he's also probably more likely than others to head back to Europe rather than stick around.
Elliot Williams, SG, Memphis - Williams is very good driving to the rim, as he's pretty quick, but he's not particularly strong and can only go to his left at this point. He's 21, but because he sat out a year after transferring from Duke to Memphis he's old for his class. DraftExpress has suggested he could become something of a combo guard and share the court with a scoring PG, and that's an interesting idea, but the D-League seems the smartest place to do that given what he needs to work on.
Mike Green, PG, Butler - Green had an up-and-down Orlando Summer League playing with the 76ers, scoring 10 points with five assists one day and zero points with zero points, five fouls and six turnovers the next. He's a very good ball-handler as well as quick, though his size means defense could be a problem at the NBA level. The other issue is outside shooting, as he shot right around 30 percent playing in Belgium last season.
Jimmy Baron, SG, Rhode Island - After being a very good three-point shooter in college and showing up in Summer League last year, Baron played in Turkey where he continued to do very well from outside (43.4 percent). That's really pretty much all he does at this point, and he can either keep making decent money doing it in Europe or go to the D-League and try to become more of a Blake Ahearn-type combo guard. My guess is he chooses the former.