The Atlanta Hawks have announced their roster for training camp, which tips off today with media day activities at 3 p.m. on the Philips Arena practice court. With the additions of Evan Brock, Richard Delk and Ricardo Marsh, the team's 17-man camp roster is complete.
Since we (me) here at Ridiculous Upside focus mostly on players not quite in the NBA, I've got everything you need to know regarding Evan Brock, Richard Delk and Ricardo Marsh after the jump. For the rest of the players, remember to check out Peachtree Hoops.
Evan Brock, F, Alabama - It isn't often that a training camp invite catches me completely by surprise, but the invitation of the 26-year-old Brock did just that.
Career History: Brock's four-year career at Alabama included career highs of 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds - not exactly numbers that blow my socks off. Brock then played in the very lightly regarded WBA for the Gwinnett Ravia Rebels, a team based in Gwinnett, GA, where he'd average 25 points and 8.5 rebounds while garnering Rookie of the Year and All-WBA First Team Honors in 2007. Since then, Brock's played three seasons in Venezuela along with a tour of duty in South Korea with the Seoul "Samsung Thunders". Along with his WBA Awards, Brock has also been a two-time Venezuelan All-Star as well as being named to the All-Defensive team and All-Venezuelan Second Team in 2009 (statistics unavailable).
Highlights: I'd like to propose Brock's nickname to be "The Next Human Highlight Reel (when playing against terrible defense in Latin America)." For video evidence, refer to this in-game drive and dunk, his array of dunks in the Venezuelan Dunk Contest (he won) and this highlight reel where the creator spelled his name wrong. He also has a Twitter account, but he hasn't told anyone he's going to camp with the Hawks, though.
Outlook: Brock really probably has zero chance of making the Atlanta Hawks roster as I suspect that his being a Georgia native along with his connection to the WBA, a league the new Utah Flash coach has previously coached in, was what earned him this roster spot. Still, there is a roster spot available if the Hawks really wanted to fill it and crazier things have probably have happened (see: infatuation with West, Mario).
Richard Delk, SG, Troy - He's the nephew of Tony Delk which, ya know, is something.
Career History: There is some raw talent with Delk as he was ranked 86th nationally as a prep senior by Rivals.com before deciding to attend Mississippi State with his twin brother Reginald. After his sophomore year, Delk decided to transfer to Troy when his brother switched to Louisville. Delk's best college season came as a Troy Trojan came during his junior year when he averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals. This past season, as a senior, those numbers dropped slightly across the board. He started all 55 games while at Troy.
Highlights: Lucky for me, and you I guess, Delk has an 8 minute, 47 second senior-year highlight clip available on Youtube. In it, he displays a good feel around the basket and hits some three-pointers, but there wasn't much to see in regards to him slashing. I like his style, though - reminds me a bit of Sonny Weems.
Outlook: Once again, Delk's probably not going to make the roster for the Hawks out of training camp but he looks like he might be able to be a solid contributor for the Utah Flash in the D-League provided he goes that route. And, if he's able to up his percentages from beyond the arc (33.3%) and free-throw line (59.4%), there's always a chance the Hawks would call him up midseason if there are injury problems. I mean, he can't be that much worse than Mario West, can he?
Ricardo Marsh, F, Old Dominion - Marsh hasn't played in the USA since 2003, his senior season at Old Dominion - not even participating in a Summer League since then.
Career History: Timely enough, Marsh recently broke down his career history on his blog so I'm just going to skim over this. Marsh has spent the majority of his career playing in Turkey, but also has played in Japan, Israel (where he led the league in scoring during the 2006-2007 season), Latvia, Ukraine and Croatia. Most recently, Marsh was named to the All-Croatian First Team as well as the All-Imports team.
Highlights: None available, unfortunately.
Outlook: It seems that Marsh has played as an undersized power forward for the most part during his European career, but at just 6-foot-7, I have to assume the Hawks will probably play him on the wing a bit as well. Regardless, his hopes of making it out of training camp are probably slim but he's another player that could end up beginning the regular season with the Utah Flash.