See my breakdown of the players and the current roster after the jump.
Cordell Jeanty is originally from Toronto player and starred in the ABA for both Quebec City and Montreal, and was named an ABA all star with both teams. Before that he played JuCo ball in the states before transferring to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (NCAA Div. 2) where there is no evidence he actually played. He’s an athletic forward that Levingston said will play the three and four for the Rainmen – meaning those spots are going to be really, really crowded with top level players. He’s 6’4, 6’6 or 6’7 depending on who you ask.
Kevin Hammack played Div. 1 ball at Citadel where he averaged 13ppg, 3 apg and 2 steals per game in his senior season in 2007. He’s a 6’1 point guard who contributed for four years at an NCAA Div. 1 school, giving us to D1 pgs on the roster. I love the Hammack signing. He put up really good numbers at a Div. 1 school and he is going to be a stable, mature figure for the Rainmen – he spent 5 years (he was medically redshirted in his 4th year after blowing out his knee early in the season) at a military school playing D1 ball! That should help keep people in line.
The third player is Tyronne McNeal, a 7′ centre out of JuCo in the states. A highly sought after recruit by Div. 1 schools, he’s a defensive specialist who is not only big but a pretty reasonable athlete. While rebounding and guarding other post players are his forte he also has a back to the basket post game. He signed a letter of intent to play this season with UNC-Wilmington, but never ended up there after failing to become academically eligibe despite taking a year off of basketball to gradute from Miami-Dade JuCo. To make matters even more confusing, the Georgia Gwizzlies announced that he was playing for them on October 7.
Walter Moyse will also not be joining the Rainmen as they failed to come to terms with him on a contract. If I had to guess I’d say he overvalued himself. This creates an opportunity to bring back both KD and Eric.
Based on media cycles it is safe to assume that Halifax will announce something (more players? Confirmed pre-season dates?) on Wednesday.
So as of right now the Rainmen’s roster looks like:
- C – Tyronne McNeal 7′
- PF – David Bailey (still no confirmation on his signing)
- F – Rob Sanders
- F – Cordell Jeanty
- SF/SG – Brian Silverhorn
- PG – Kevin Hammack
- PG – Jimmy Twymann
There is still a reasonable chance that Eric comes back with an outside chance that KD shows up. That’s seven players, maybe as many as nine. Based on that line up I think we can expect to see Silverhorn putting in more minutes at SG with both Jeanty and Sanders there as all star calibre 4s who can also play small forward. If the season started today the staring line up of McNeal, Sanders, Geanty, Silverhorn and Hammack is head and shoulder above last year’s team. If Eric signs then you can replace McNeal with Crookshank at centre for a line up without a true centre, but with three power forwards.
The team still needs at least one more guard (I still want Al-Kaleem!), preferably with decent size who can shoot. The team also lacks a lock down defender on the perimeter, and the token local dude.