The Stampede open their season at home against the Erie BayHawks on November 14th. However, before that time comes, they will have some difficult decision to make regarding their roster. The camp is comprised of eight draft picks, three returning players, five players from open tryouts, and one affiliate player.
|Kodi Augustus||F||Mississippi State||Draft|
|Brian Barkdoll||C||Northwest Nazarene||Tryout|
|Tre Bussey||G||Georgia Southern||Draft|
|Jack Cooley||F||Notre Dame||Affiliate|
|Nick Covington||G||Weber State||Draft|
|Jermelle Fraser||G||SUNY Maritime||Tryout|
|Shane Gibson||G||Sacred Heart||Draft|
|Dominique Kirk||G||Texas A&M||Tryout|
|Kevin Muphy||G||Tennessee Tech||Returning|
|BJ Shearry||F||UC Irvine||Tryout|
|Dexter Strickland||G||North Carolina||Returning|
|Ryan Sypkens||G||UC Davis||Draft|
|Tyrrel Tate||F||Fayetteville State||Draft|
|Joel Wright||F||Texas State||Draft|
This is certainly a group with a wide range of skills, and the challenge for the coaching staff will be to select the 10-12 players that can help this team improve on last season's 24-26 record. No longer do they have the star power of Pierre Jackson and Dee Bost, so they will be looking hard for replacements if they can find them.
Kevin Murphy -- Murphy burst onto the scene last year for the Stampede playing in 34 games and averaging a league high 25.5 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds. He played the NBA preseason with the Utah Jazz but only appeared in one game where he went 2/3 and finished with four points. After he was waived many speculated whether or not he would follow Dee Bost's path and head overseas, but it's clear Murphy wants to stay close to the NBA and this season he should definitely garner a lot of NBA attention.
Tre Bussey -- While they are a couple of quality players the Stampede were able to nab in the D-League Draft, Bussey is clearly the prize for them. Bussey had a huge senior year at Georgia Southern which catapulted him onto NBA radars where he's stayed all summer long leading up to the season. The Utah Jazz tried to sign Bussey to use him as an affiliate player but he had already signed his D-League contract so he had to go into the draft pool -- lucky for the Jazz he was still there when Idaho select at No. 7. Bussey and Murphy will combine for an explosive scoring back court.
Jack Cooley -- Cooled played the 2013-14 season with Trabzonspor in the Turkish TBL after going undrafted in the 2013 Draft. He played 28 games and averaged 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Cooley brings and endless motor and uncanny rebounding ability to the Stampede. He will look to fill the void left by the loss of Richard Howell and Dallas Lauderdale from last year's team.