Typically guards and forwards dominate the NBA D-League in terms of Call-Up prospects, but the need for front court depth in the NBA can give hope to the 7-footers entering D-League training camps this Monday. Obviously, being listed as a 7-foot center in the D-League does not guarantee that NBA teams will be blowing up that particular big man's cell phone, but if they have significant talent to match their height, than there is a real possibility that NBA scouts will come calling.
There is a certain draw to players who eclipse the 7-foot mark, mostly because of the upside that can be assumed in a big man who can run the floor and effectively set up in the post position absent of any awkward, or clumsy maneuvers. There is a nice mix of 7-footers who will enter D-League training camps this season, here is a brief breakdown of the big men who will be competing for a roster spot in the coming weeks.
Jordan Eglseder - Canton Charge
The former Northern Iowa center was selected in the 7th round in this year's D-League draft by Canton. The 7-footer finished with 1,000-plus career points for the Panthers. Eglseder certainly knows how to protect to the rim finishing second on the Panthers' all-time career blocks list with 120. Eglseder spent 3 games with the Maine Red Claws his rookie season, but was waived due to an injury.
Chris Daniels - Santa Cruz
Daniels is a D-League veteran whom the Warriors landed in a post-draft trade with the Erie BayHawks. Daniels was apart of the NBA D-League Select team this past offseason which competed in the NBA Summer League. Daniels averaged 16.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks in 14 games for the BayHawks last season.
Liam McMorrow - Iowa Energy
McMorrow is listed at 7'2'', the former Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle transferred from Marquette and played two seasons for TTU. During those two seasons, McMorrow played in 62 games, he finished with 21 blocked shots and 192 rebounds.
Mamadou Diarra - Los Angeles D-Fenders
Diarra was drafted in the 8th round by the D-Fenders and is listed at 7'1''. The Mali native is considered to be an extremely raw talent with an impressive wing span (7'4 1/2"), and Diarra will enter D-Fenders training camp as the only listed 7-footer. Diarra played one season at Chaminade, he averaged 13.3 points, and 9.9 rebound a game and tallied 84 total blocks.
Brian Cusworth - Maine Red Claws
Cusworth is ranked as the 17th overall prospect on the D-League's official website. Cusworth enters camp with Maine as an affiliate player via the Boston Celtics, and the former Harvard alum will look to utilize his International playing experience as a member of the Red Claws this upcoming season.
Scott Vandermeer - Maine Red Claws
Vandermeer alongside Maine's first round selection Shelvin Mack are both former Horizon League players. Vandermeer is also the second half of Maine's 7-foot club entering camp. Vandermeer is the all-time leading shot blocker for Illinois-Chicago and also the Horizon League. Last season Vandermeer averaged 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18 games for Rio Grande Valley.
Will Foster - Sioux Falls Skyforce
The tallest of them all, at 7'5'' the former Gonzaga Bulldog literally towers over his competition. Head coach Joel Abelson knows Foster quite well as he was a member of the Idaho Stampede to start the season last year, where Abelson was an assistant. Foster averaged 5.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game during his 18 games with the Stampede. Now a member of the Skyforce, Foster will look to bring his shot blocking ways to Sioux Falls.
Chas McFarland - Springfield Armor
McFarland rejoins the Armor after playing overseas last season. During the 2010-2011 season, McFarland averaged 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds for Springfield. After spending time in Japan and Uruguay, McFarland will be looking to help the Armor out down low.
Assane Sene - Texas Legends
Sene was originally drafted by the Canton Charge in the 6th round, but was apart of deal that included Vernon Lewis in exchange for Marcus Simmons. Sene played his college ball at the University of Virginia where he posted career averages of 3.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. The rookie will hope to develop his game under the tutelage of first year head coach Eduardo Najera.
Travis Hyman - Tulsa 66ers
Hyman was the 2nd round selection for the 66ers, he is apart of an incredibly young team guided by first year head coach Darko Rajakovic. Hyman has plenty of upside, the former Bowie State alum went undrafted in this year's NBA draft, but will look to get back the attention of NBA scouts by playing well for the Oklahoma City Thunders' D-League affiliate.