At least there will be some basketball activity before the NBA's owners padlock the doors to their buildings at the end of the week.
The Atlanta Hawks announced the roster for their mini-mini camp this week and aside from second round pick Keith Benson, 18 other players will don a uniform for the three-day event, which culminates the day before the day befor the NBA tells the players that they'll see them in a while (June 29).
"Big" names include Seaton Hall's Jeremy Hazell and Ohio State's' David Lighty. Four-year vet Qyntel Woods is also on the roster while Mississippi's Zach Graham represents the SEC. The troubled Woods hopes to prove that he's still got game after running into disciplinary problems and spending some time in Europe.
The breakdown of the roster is as follows: Hawks draftees (1), NBDL players trying to find a way onto a big-league roster (7), pure rookies (9), veterans (1).
Here is the complete roster, compliments of the Hawks PR staff (note they already have Benson listed at 230 pounds):
Player Pos Ht Wt Birthdate College/Country
Joe Alexander F 6-8 230 12/26/86 West Virginia (D-League: Texas)
Keith Benson F/C 6-11 230 08/13/88 Oakland
Vernon Goodridge F 6-9 240 02/18/84 La Salle (D-League: Maine)
Zach Graham G 6-6 218 03/28/89 Mississippi
Demonte Harper G 6-4 188 06/21/89 Morehead State
Jeremy Hazell G 6-5 188 03/25/86 Seton Hall
Dontell Jefferson G 6-5 195 12/15/83 Arkansas (D-League: Utah)
Ivan Johnson F 6-8 230 04/10/84 Cal. St. San Bernadino (D-League: Erie)
Marcus Landry F 6-7 230 11/01/85 Wisconsin (D-League: Reno)
David Lighty G/F 6-5 220 05/27/88 Ohio State
Demetri McCamey G 6-3 200 02/21/89 Illinois
Eniel Polynice G 6-5 220 05/18/88 Seton Hall
Matt Rogers F 6-11 225 12/03/87 Southwest Baptist (D-League: Texas)
Omar Samhan C 6-11 265 11/03/88 Saint Mary’s
Damian Saunders F 6-7 210 11/01/88 Duquesne
Donald Sloan G 6-3 205 01/15/88 Texas A&M (D-League: Reno)
Malcolm Thomas F 6-9 220 11/08/88 San Diego State
Brad Wanamaker G 6-4 210 07/25/89 Pittsburgh
Qyntel Woods F/G 6-8 220 02/16/81 Northeast Mississippi CC
Peachtree Hoops has a further breakdown of the players, some of which is well above my so-called pay grade, as I do not watch enough college hoops.