The ABA does not want me to study German. Press release from the Rainmen after the jump.
Booyer’s Back, Williams WaivedMON, JAN 14, 2008 • The Halifax RainmenThe Halifax Rainmen made two changes to their active roster earlier today. The Rainmen will welcome back forward James Booyer who was released before Christmas due to chronic injury issues. He has been given a clean bill of health from his doctor and will return to the team when they meet Quebec on Wednesday, January 16.
Booyer, a six-foot-nine forward is a former NCAA player from IUPUI who went on to play pro in Saudi Arabia.
“We are very excited to have James back on our team,” added Coach Lewis. “We’re glad he is fit and ready to play.”Guard Devino Williams is being waived as a result of conduct unbecoming to the overall development of the team.
“We recognize the skill of this young man; however, he has not displayed the level of maturity to play professional basketball,” said Coach Rick Lewis.
Booyer’s size returning is a very good thing. He has some legit Div. 1 experience and it will be interesting to see how he does.
I wonder what Williams did to deserve being sent home. He was great 2 guard off the bench and provided instant energy, though I thought he took too many jump shots, I hope that Downey gets some more minutes now. Williams is young – he was only 18 or 19 and fresh out of high school, plus he was a huge hit with the ladies, so if anyone was going to get into trouble I am not shocked that it’s him. His popularity with fans and the fact that, unlike Riley, he was a legit contributor to the team makes me think that something pretty serious must have happend to get him sent home.
Now that we lost our back up two-guard Halifax need to go after John Huggins, the recently waived starting two guard for the Manchester Millrats who was averaging 16.9 points per game before he got cut. He is a legit second ball handler and is as good of a three point shooter as Silverhorn, giving us some insurance when Silverhorn is cold from outside. It would also give Halifax the option of running Anderson off the ball a bit letting him drive more often. I want Huggins on the Rainmen.
EDIT: Chad Lucas did some real reporting instead of my method (i.e. blind speculation and rumour mongering) and posted some info on his blog. It looks like it wasn’t a single event that got him booted, but instead was just a pattern of behaviour and attitude. Let’s keep in mind that the kid is at least 3 years younger than me and didn’t go to college.
Lewis said the issue with Williams was maturity, not talent. He’s just a teen straight out of high school, and while he’s certainly talented he’s also been streaky on the court and apparently sometimes moody and homesick away from the gym. I didn’t have a lot of interaction with Devino, but he came across as a likeable, goofy guy who was obviously still a kid in a lot of ways. In fact, I rarely sought him out for interviews because he seemed kind of flaky. The kid can play ball, but I think maybe he wasn’t quite prepared for life so far from home (he’s from Michigan). Here’s hoping he catches on in a good situation.
Lucas also poses the most important question about these two roster changes: Will this help the Rainmen? I think it’s obvious that Booyer’s size will help, but who knows what sort of shape he’s in, and there isn’t much of the season left. Eichelberger has not been particularly competent as a fourth big man, and I cringe every time Silverhorn is matched up against a PF, so I think he will be helpful.
Williams departure eliminates a fast scorer off the bench who was not a great defender and was very streaky. One side effect is that his departure shortens the guard section of the bench (meaning that now we will have Benoit and Downey backing up Ferguson at the 2, plus Green who is more of a combo-guard getting some minutes), hopefully giving Downey a few more minutes will be the result.
The real question will be what this does to the chemistry. I have heard mixed things about Booyer as a lockerroom guys. Some people have told me that Booyer is not particularly well liked on the team, but other people have said that he’s a mature guy who has more experience than anyone else on the team. I guess we’ll see how this works out, unfortunately we’ll have to wait a month before we see him in Halifax.