Pittsburgh Pirates - SS/2nd/3rd Baseman
Dean Anna, recently acclaimed as "the most underrated player in all of professional baseball", is an ultra-utility player and line drive hitter that makes great contact on the ball. Dean attended John A Logan College in Carterville, IL where he was named All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference during his sophomore year after leading his team in home runs and breaking his school's single game RBI record with nine. Following his sophomore year, he transferred to Ball State University where he led his team in doubles, triples, walks and runs. After a solid season with the Cardinals, he was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. Since then, as a member of the Padres' system, he's been part of three championship titles in Fort Wayne (2009), Lake Elsinore (2011) and San Antonio (2011). After making the Texas League All-Star roster in 2012, he moved up to the Triple-A Tucson Padres for the 2013 season where he had the best season of his career, winning the PCL Hitter of the Year title with a .331 AVG and was selected to the PCL All-Star Team mid-season and post-season. Following his breakout season, Dean spent time in the Dominican Republic’s Winter Ball League with the Estrellas de Oriente before returning back to the US to prepare for spring training with the New York Yankees. In April 2014, Dean was selected to play on the Yankees 25-man opening day roster and hit his first MLB home-run in the Yankees’ first series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. During the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates organization made a move to pick up Dean's contract and put him on their 40-man roster.
Height: 5' 11"
2013 Tucson Padres Triple-A League Stats
Originally from Riverside, CA – Will Smith attended Notre Dame High School as a multi-sport athlete. While there he earned All-County Honorable Mention and was named MVP for track, football, and basketball. After high school, Will played football at Riverside Community College where he helped his team to a perfect 11-0 record and a No. 5 national ranking by JC Gridwire in 2011. He finished that season with 36 solo tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 3 interceptions and returned a 75-yard pick-six. Following a remarkable sophomore season, Will fielded recruiters from Nevada, New Mexico State and San Jose State but ultimately chose Texas Tech.
During the 2012 season, Will proved the Texas Tech scouts right by putting together an award filled season. He earned the Dallas Morning News All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, Preseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 (4th Team), Preseason College Sports Madness All-Big 12, Mid-Season Phil Steele All-Big 12 (3rd Team), and Phil Steele All-Big 12 (3rd-Team). That season, Will played in all 13 games with 11 starts and led all Red Raider newcomers with 55 total tackles and 34 solo tackles. In 2013, Will had 86 solo tackles, which ranked him fourth in the NCAA and first in the Big 12. He put up 120 total tackles, the most by a Red Raider since 2002. His season accolades included the 2013 Holiday Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player, ESPN Big 12 All-Bowl Team, All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention), Big 12 Broadcasters All-Conference (1st Team), AP All-Big 12 (1st Team), and the Preseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 (4th Team). Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, NFLDraftBlitz.com ranked Will in the Top 25 for all Inside Linebackers. He was selected 238th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Ranked as a Top Ten strong safety in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft by CBS Sports, Alden Darby would be a key defensive weapon for any NFL organization. Darby attended Arizona State University and took full advantage of his opportunity with the Sun Devils. During his freshman year, he earned Hard Hat player for his work in ASU’s offseason strength and conditioning program. Any football player will tell you it all starts in the weight room. Darby continued to work hard on his game and his dedication paid off in 2012 when he earned All-Pac-12 Second-Team honors. Ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 80, including eight in the team’s bowl victory against Navy, and ranked Sixth All-Time on ASU's single-season interception return yards list with 154.
As a team captain, Darby was the first Sun Devil to earn the privilege of wearing the Pat Tillman Practice Jersey, which head coach Todd Graham awards to those who embody the positive characteristics of the football program and university. Capping of his senior year in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game, recording two interceptions in the game, Darby reached the end of his college football career. Darby had an unforgettable career with the Sun Devils, starting 28 of his 50 career games. He was selected as a 2013 Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American, made the 2013 All-Pac-12 First-Team, had 10 career interceptions returned for 253 yards along with two touchdowns, recorded 26 pass deflections, 217 career tackles, 155 solo, 8.5 for a loss, 4 career fumble recoveries, and had 3 forced fumbles. Darby was signed by the San Diego Chargers immediately following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Liam McMorrow, who at 7'2', stands nearly as tall as the NBA's current tallest player, Hasheem Thabeet. Growing up in Toronto, he took an unlikely path to professional basketball. After playing hockey and lacrosse for most of his youth and suddenly measuring over 7 feet tall, he began looking at his choice of sports from a different vantage point. Out of high school and having almost no organized basketball experience, McMorrow found himself playing NCAA Division I Golden Eagles basketball on a full scholarship.
In 2012, the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League called his name in the fourth round of the annual D-League Draft. Following his time with the Energy, McMorrow received an invitation to work with world famous NBA trainer, Joe Abunassar, at IMPACT Basketball in Las Vegas. He spent four months at IMPACT training full-time alongside current NBA players before landing on the New York Knicks 2013 Summer League roster.
For the 2013-14 season, McMorrow was signed to Taiwan's top SBL division; playing for the Bank of Taiwan. While abroad, he made the most of his first international experience by regularly posting double-double performances and averaging 16.5 points per game, with 13.0 rebounds per game.
Known for his physical presence and athletic endurance, McMorrow commands the court and plays a dominating game on both sides of the court. Possessing great awareness and using his size to his advantage, he's constantly challenging opponents and maintaining a strong rebounding positioning. A trained ball player, his game focus and his desire to never stop training has propelled him into an elite category of basketball players.
Defensive Back / Kick Returner
Greg Reid is from Valdosta, Georgia. During his last year of High School Reid was named the fourth best cornerback in the nation, and the top overall prospect in Georgia. Reid was heavily recruited out of high school, earning five star ratings from both Rivals and Scouts, and received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia, among many others. He choose to play college football at Florida State University! In 2009 as a True Freshman he played all 13 games as a true freshman and led the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in punt returns with an 18.4 yard average, piling up 387 yards on 21 returns. As a Sophomore, he was a 14-game starter at the boundary cornerback position after making the transition as primary nickelback in 2009, he capped off the season by earning Chick-fil-A Bowl Defensive MVP after racking up five tackles, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups in the win. Greg as a Junior cornerback played in 11 games and started nine of them and registered 32 tackles (27 unassisted, five assisted), one tackle for loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups. Greg is a versatile athlete and can make plays happen anywhere on the field!
NBA Draft Prospect / Forward
As a 6’9” Forward, Pittman possesses an NBA frame and confidence that has translated into dominance on the court. He’s a player that’s been able to exploit teams with bursts through the paint and can keep defenders off balance when he pulls back to hit the three. As a freshman, he began his career with Chipola College before transferring to Lamar State College, where he ranked 21st among junior college players and averaged 18.1 PPG.
In his junior season, Pittman transferred to Marshall University where his talents allowed him to carve out a leadership position with his teammates. In his first season, he saw action in all 32 games and started in 29. He averaged a team-high 16.1 PPG (6th in C-USA and the most among C-USA new comers) to go along with 4.2 RPG. Against C-USA opponents, Pittman ranked 3rd in the conference with 17.9 PPG and scored 516 total points. He co-led the team in 3-pointers with 65 on the season and joined Chris Lutz (2008-09) and teammate D.D. Scarver for 10th on Marshall’s All-Time list for 3-pointers made in a season.
Pittman scored in double-figures in all but four games and scored at least 20 points 11 times including a season-high 23 points at Tulane (2/6/13). Defensively, he ranked second on the team in blocked shots with 0.8 BPG. Entering into his senior season, teammates looked to him as the leader and he was off to an even better start than the year before, averaging 21.4 PPG with 4.4 RPG. In the spring of 2014, Pittman was signed to the NBA’s D-League where he played for the Delaware 87er’s while retaining his 2014 NBA Draft eligibility. He made a quick adjustment to the level of play in the D-League and averaged 10.0 points with 3.6 rebounds per game. Pittman is now training for the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft and is available for team workouts immediately.
This aggressive and competitive and cornerback-running back recorded the best three-cone drill (6.57 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (tie, 4.00) among cornerbacks at the 2014 combine. He was drafted with the 254th pick (7th round) by the Dallas Cowboys. He has good size and length with a well-proportioned body, quick-footed pedal, and shows read-and-react skills with nice anticipation to break on throws. Terrance's skill-position traits show after he intercepts the ball from opposing teams.
Buffalo Bills - LB
Named the 2013 Strength Training Athlete of the Year for the Miami Hurricanes, Jimmy Gaines is the definition of a dedication. As a resident of Getzville, New York – Gaines went to Canisius High School and dominated on both sides of the ball as; linebacker, safety, tight end, tailback and receiver. His athletic versatility did not go unnoticed, and would eventually bring him to Miami.
As a true freshman in 2010, Gaines worked on developing his game at linebacker and would later earn the trust of his coaches and become a starter his sophomore year. Tallying up 58 tackles on the season, with 24 solo tackles, Gaines continued to improve his game over the next two years. He finished his junior year by adding 10 more solo tackles to his stats, a fumble recovery, two interceptions, and three tackles for a loss. Coming into his senior year, Gaines was determined to leave his mark on Miami’s gridiron. He started in all 13 games at middle linebacker and racked up 83 total tackles, again adding to his unassisted tackles for a total of 54. There is no wonder why Gaines was chosen as the 2013 Strength Training Athlete of the Year. Hard work and determination is the name of the game, and Gaines is very good at it.
Jimmy Gaines was signed by the Buffalo Bills immediately following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DE
Ryne Giddins attended Armwood High School where he had a dominating career on the football field. During his senior season, he stacked up 98 tackles and 21 sacks, which earned him the title of Armwood’s all-time sack leader. He earned CSTV’s National Player of the Year and All-American honors from USA Today and Parade Magazine. EA Sports named him to their All-American Team and Reebok named him a first-team Florida Phenom selection. In 2008, he was selected for the US Army All-American Bowl.
Giddins went on to play his entire collegiate career at the University of South Florida where he was one the school’s highest ever recruits. In 2012, he was named First-Team All-BIG EAST and was on the Lombardi Award Watch List. During that season he posted 44 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss, three pressures, a broken up pass, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Ryne Payne Giddins, or RPG as he is sometimes called, considers himself to be a guided missile on the field. He’s a great team leader, has all of the natural athletic talent a team could hope for and is a solid all-around person on and off the field. He’s got all the intangibles that make for a truly great player.
After being redshirted as a freshman in 2010 with the University of Buffalo, Branden Oliver erupted his sophomore year in 2011 as one of the best running backs in the conference and all of Division I. Oliver rushed for 1,395 yards on 306 carries, breaking UB’s single-season rushing record and broke James Stark’s single-season rushing record on the final day of the season. Ranked 14th in the nation and Offensive Player of the Week two times, Branden totaled 1,760 all-purpose yards at the end of the season and was named to Phil Steele’s 2011 All-MAC first team. He ranked second in average yards per game (116.2), set a school record by going over 100 yards on eight occasions, and was monumental in the team’s 38-37 upset win over Ohio, running for 179 yards and three touchdowns and catching five passes for 43 yards (10/8). Oliver also rushed for a Division I school record of 235 yards and two touchdowns vs. Akron (11/19).
During his junior year in 2012, Branden was a member of the Maxwell, Doak Walker, and Walter Camp preseason watch lists, but injuries tampered with a promising start to the season. Oliver still led the team in rushing with 821 yards, despite missing five complete games and the better part of four others. Had he played in one more game to qualify nationally, he would have ranked 13th in the country in yards per game (with 117.3). Oliver opened eyes nationally with 111 yards and a touchdown to open the season against Georgia (9/1), followed by 25 carries for a UB Division I-A-record 238 yards and two touchdowns against Morgan State. Oliver then entered his final season just 626 yards, and two 100-yard games away from owning the program record for career rushing yards and 100-yard games.
As a senior this year, Oliver broke his own season high rushing record and ended his year with 310 carries for 1,535 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 173 yards receiving, one reception for a touchdown, totaling 1708 all-purpose yards. Branden has left his mark and records with UB and has developed himself into a dynamic running back with great speed and explosive quickness.
In Spring of 2014, the San Diego Chargers signed Branden Oliver.
Buffalo Pro Day Stats (2014)
Cleveland Browns - DT
A three-sport athlete at Madison County High School in Greenville, Florida, Jacobbi McDaniel has the blood of a champion running through his veins. Besides being named the No.5 prospect overall and No.1 defensive tackle by ESPN and Sporting News, Jacobbi was also selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 33rd round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Even with the opportunity to play in the MLB at his fingertips, Jacobbi chose to follow his passion and play football for Florida State University.
As a strong persistent force at defensive tackle, Jacobbi came in as a freshman and lead all FSU interior linemen with 25 tackles and 13 being solo stops. He earned freshmen All-ACC honors from Sporting News and was on Phil Steele's Third Team Freshmen All-American squad. Starting off on the right foot, Jacobbi started all 14 games during his sophomore season and established new single-season highs with 31 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 2 pass breakups, and collected his first career interception against Wake Forest.
Continuing his successful career with FSU, Jacobbi played in all 14 games in 2013 and helped Florida State’s defense lead the nation in scoring defense with 12.1 PPG and ranked third in total defense with 281.4 YPG. As the old saying goes, offense wins games and defense wins championships. Jacobbi finished the season with 29 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, a half sack, an interception, and a 2013 BCS National Championship Title, all while working towards and completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.
Jacobbi McDaniel was signed by the Cleveland Browns following a camp invite in the Spring of 2014.
Height: 6' 1/2"
Scott VanderMeer graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago where his standout play earned him a spot on the Horizon League All-Defensive Team every year he played (2007-2009). As a true 7-footer, VanderMeer is an effective inside player that can score, grab rebounds and block shots. Scott's versatility really comes into focus as he steps behind the 3-point line where he's got excellent accuracy. On defense, he can guard the perimeter and run the floor with the best guards.
Scott's impressive college play earned him a spot at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a pre-NBA Draft workout. In 2009, he was part of the Indiana Pacers Summer League team. From 2010 - 2012 he captured four championships, one for each stop he made in Switzerland, the NBA D-League, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. In 2013, he had a championship-run in Uruguay and was named to the 2013 ESL All-Tournament Team in Indianapolis.
For the 2013-14 season, Scott was recruited into Japan's NBDL by the Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles Nagoya. While leading his team to the Championship game, Scott was selected to the All-Star game and named the game's MVP with 31 points, 21 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. By the end of the season, Scott finished 6th in the league in points per game/1st on his team (19.9 ppg), 5th in the league for average rebounds per game (13.2 rpg), and 2nd in the league in average blocked shots per game (2.6 bpg).
While attending high school at Pike in Indianapolis, IN, Anthony McClung was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, and was listed as the No. 13 player in Indiana by Rivals.com. As one of the top-200 receivers in the country by Scout.com, Anthony won the Conference Indiana title as a senior in 2009 and as a sophomore in 2007. Anthony was also a two-time all-Conference Indiana selection, was named all-Marion County and all-State, and was a member of the Indiana Super Team.
McClung had a lot of playing time his Freshmen year at Cincinnati. He had 22 receptions for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns. In his first ever college game against Oklahoma he had 4 receptions for 58 yards.
Anthony played in every game at wide receiver his sophomore year in 2011 and totaled 49 receptions for 683 yards, and 6 touchdowns. In his best game of the season, Anthony caught 8 receptions for 142 yards, and 2 touchdowns against Connecticut. Other highlight games of the year include 6 receptions for 94 yards in a game against NC State and 3 receptions for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns in the home opener against Austin Peay.
In 2012, Anthony pulled in one catch for 26 yards against USF, tallied three catches for 42 yards against Rutgers, had a catch for 29 yards against Temple, earned five receptions for 75 yards vs. Syracuse, had a catch for two yards and a 15-yard punt return against Louisville, caught two passes for 29 yards including a 21-yard catch against Toledo, caught four passes for 55 yards vs. Miami, returned three punts against Virginia Tech, matched previous record with a 29-yard punt return, and broke career-long punt return by one yard with 29-yard run back vs. Pittsburgh.
During his senior year, McClung put up respectable numbers. Anthony pulled in 6 catches for 94 yards against Illinois, had 3 receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown against Northwestern State, caught 7 passes for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. Temple, ran up 115 yards against Rutgers, and had another great game with 137 yards and 9 catches against Houston. Anthony played in 10 games for Cincinnati in his Senior year and recorded 72 receptions for 939 yards and 5 touchdowns. He averaged 82.7 all purpose yards per game and continued to show consistency in bettering his overall game, as seen year to year.
Anthony McClung was signed by the Houston Texans immediately following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Lamaar 'Flash' Thomas
Jacksonville Jaguars - WR/KR
Lamaar Thomas (April 23, 1990) is originally from the Washington D.C. area. As a senior at Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland, he totaled 1,690 all-purpose yards on his way to being named an All-State selection. Over the course of his high school playing career he racked up 2,623 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns to go along with his 1,209 career receiving yards and nine scores. While with the team, his high school squad went 42-6, won a state title, and he took part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Following high school, he selected The Ohio State University, playing two solid seasons before transferring to the University of New Mexico where he was used as a wide-receiver, running back and kick/punt returner. It was during his NFL Pro Day where he caught the attention of numerous scouts when he ran a 4.36 40-yard dash and came in looking very solid on the rest of his drills. Although he went undrafted, he was quickly secured by the pass heavy and speed oriented Denver Broncos where Lamaar studied the position under one of the best QB’s of all time, Peyton Manning. As the 2013 regular season approached, Lamaar Thomas was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Height: 6' 0"
New Mexico (Career Stats)
Washington Redskins - WR/KR
Rashad Ross wasted no time establishing himself as the go to receiver for Arizona State University, clocking in an impressive 4.37 40 time at his Pro Day. Ross's speed made him the optimal kick return man and slot receiver for the Sun Devils. In his final season he averaged 16.5 yards per catch, caught six receiving touchdowns and ran back a kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown. Ross's explosiveness and dominating hustle accounted for three touchdowns and 139 receiving yards in ASU's 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl victory. He's a natural, savvy ball carrier that is extremely dangerous on quick go-to passes, bubble screens, crossing patterns and the deep ball. He reaches top speed quickly and has a knack for shaking defenders no matter the coverage. Immediately following the 2013 NFL Draft, Rashad Ross was signed as an Undrafted Free Agent by the Tennessee Titans. Midway through the 2013 NFL Season, the Kansas City Chiefs picked up Rashad in pursuit of their undefeated season. During the 2014 offseason, the Washington Redskins signed Rashad Ross as they strive to build a versatile WR core.
With the heart of a champion and gasoline driving through her veins, Sabre Cook lives for racing. Sabre has a laundry list of accomplishments including; 6 time Colorado State Champion, a 2012 Superkarts USA S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto champion, 2 TAG USA World Championships, and a SKUSA Mountain Region title. Sabre’s accomplishments did not go unnoticed. Her successes enabled her selection to represent the USA in the Bruno Grana International Trophy in Lavalenet, France, all while maintaining a 4.1 GPA in her schoolwork. Cook was recognized in 2013 by the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), under their new “Women’s Sports Foundation’s, Women in the Winner Circle Project Podium Grant”, designed to help young racers and give them an opportunity to receive grants to fund their advancing careers. As well as a racing phenom, Sabre is majoring as mechanical engineer and living in Grand Junction, Colorado. Sabre Cook is a well-known name in the world of motorsports and 2014 is looking bright for this rising star.
Tennessee Titans - DB
George Baker grew up during the Marino era in Miami, FL which helped foster his early passion for the game of football. His athletic gifts were apparent immediately while playing at Archbishop Carroll High School (Miami) where he was described as a 'versatile athlete' who played defensive back, running back and returner. As a senior he posted 209 carries for 1643 yards and 19 touchdowns, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, and had 40 tackles and three interceptions. He was named All-Dade County in '06, 'O7 and ranked as the 47th best cornerback in the entire country by Scout.com.
With over 20 scholarships pouring in from colleges all over the US, he decided to stay in Florida and turned Bull at the University of South Florida. After sitting out his red-shirted freshman year, he went on to play in every game during all four years of his USF eligibility. Each year his play improved and culminated to a very solid senior year in which he racked up 42 tackles (34 of which were solo), five pass break ups and had seven games in which he had at least 4 tackles per game.
It was at his USF pro day that he turned all the heads in the room. He posted an eye popping 4.28 40-yard dash time in front of scouts to go along with his 39.5 inch vertical on the day. His performance earned him a call from the Tennessee Titans immediately following the 2013 NFL Draft when he was picked up as an Undrafted Free Agent.
Atlanta Braves - Pitcher
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Ryan got his baseball start after a move to South Carolina where he attended Hilton Head High School. He picked the game up quickly showing impressive command and scouts took notice. His combination of pitch velocity, natural instincts on opposing batters and ability to lead landed him a spot with the Pittsburgh Pirates when they picked him up in the 26th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Following four positive seasons of advancements within the Pirate’s system, the Oakland Athletics acquired Ryan in December of 2010 before being moved over to the Texas Rangers in January 2011. While with the Rangers, he put together an exceptional year of pitching at Class-A Advanced. Following the 2011 season, the Rangers selected him to attend their Arizona Fall League.
Height: 6' 2"
2013 Tucson Padres (Triple-A) Pacific Coast League Stats (As of 7/25/13)
From McDonald's All-American to Big 12 Player of the Year to fourth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft (Chicago Bulls), Marcus Fizer has continuously proven that he is a truly elite basketball player. Following five years in the NBA, Marcus was selected as the NBA D-League's MVP in 2006. He then took his career overseas to top leagues in Spain, Puerto Rico, Israel, Russia, Taiwan, Argentina and in the 2013-14 season he was signed to the LPB in Venezuela.
In 2013, Marcus connected with world famous NBA trainer, Joe Abunassar at IMPACT Basketball. After four months at IMPACT, Marcus is back down to the weight he played at in college. Now in the best shape of his life both mentally and physically, he's got his eyes set on a return to the NBA.
Darwin Rogers Jr.
NFL Free Agent - TE
Standing at 6'4', Darwin started out playing the quarterback position at Leo Catholic High School. Before choosing his college, he was ranked in the top 150 quarterbacks in the country by Scout.com for the 2009 class. Coming out of high school he went to Arizona Western where he was utilized as a tight end and became a second-team all-conference member, he won two conference titles and went undefeated in 2011. His collegiate success garnered him attention from other big name schools like Memphis, New Mexico, Mississippi and Oregon State but he ultimately chose to finish his collegiate playing career at Arizona State University.
In 2012, in his first career start at ASU, he logged his first career touchdown on his first reception in a game against Cal. This would set the tone for the rest of his career at the school. Darwin’s capabilities as a receiver and as a blocker, combined with his size, athleticism, a 4.6 40-yard dash time and a 35-inch vertical leap, makes him an exciting athlete to watch and an easy favorite for fans.
Height: 6' 4"
Carl Montgomery, standing tall at 6’8”, is a dominating forward from Chicago, IL. Playing local at Chicago State University, Carl developed his game on the court for four seasons with the Cougars. Over the course of his career with CSU, Carl put up respectable team leading numbers. He started in 114 out of 124 games while posting a career FG% of 53% with 1135 attempts and 12.4 PPG. He pulled down 921 rebounds (707 on defense), had a FT% of 57.3%, and blocked 148 shots. Finishing his senior year, Carl was an All-GWC 1st Team member and ranked among the Great West Conference leader board in scoring (8th / 17.3ppg), rebounds (3rd / 8.1rpg), blocks (4th / 31), and field-goal percentage (6th / 52.5%). Carl is now in training and working hard every day to reach his dream of playing in the NBA.
Height: 6’8 / 203.2 cm
Weight: 230 lbs / 104.3 kg
Carter, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, is a shot blocking machine and rebound specialist. A product of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Northside High School All-Star, Ian Carter attended Drury University where he dominated on the basketball court. As the all-time block leader with 124, 42 as a senior, Carter was named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive team both his Junior and Senior year. Carter helped the Panthers on their way to win the 2013 NCAA-II National Championship and make the Elite 8 his senior season. Making 92 starts in 126 games, Carter finished his career at Drury University with 585 rebounds, 18th on the All-Time list, scored 1,015 points while shooting 50.6%, dished out 215 assists, 82 steals, and tied Mike Blakeslee (1983-87) for most victories played in (99) for a career at Drury. In his four seasons as a Panther, Carter is 7th all-time for post season points with 105 points in 10 games. Ian is now training vigorously with his pro trainers and looks forward to the upcoming season.
Height: 6’7" / 201 cm
Chicago native, Marcel Anderson, attended Harris-Stowe State University where he earned the All-Newcomer and All-Conference MVP awards. Following up his standout collegiate career, he immediately made a name for himself in the exposure camp circuit. Scouts have described him as a great passer, very fast, and he possesses superior dribble penetration moves. He's also an effective defender, consistently grabbing a lot of steals. He's a dual threat from the perimeter and inside. ESL camp scouts in Chicago ranked him as the best player in the building.
While playing in the Premier Basketball League, Marcel earned the 2012 All-PBL Defensive Player of the Year and All-PBL 2nd Team honors from USBasket.com. He was also ranked in the top five players for the Sonny Parker Chicago Pro AM, where he competed against NBA players. Following the 2013 NBA D-League Draft, Marcel was invited to the Maine Red Claws training camp after participating in an invite-only tryout prior to the draft. Mid-season, following some roster shifts, Marcel was picked up by the Erie Bayhawks.
Willie Moseley Jr.
CFL - Winnipeg Blue Bombers - DE/LB
Richmond, VA native, Willie Moseley Jr., had 40 tackles, five sacks, and 10 tackles-for-a-loss as a defensive starter his senior year of high school. Moseley also played tight end that year, bringing in three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. These stats earned him second-team All-District honors as a defensive end and an honorable mention All-District at the tight end position. After a solid high school career, he committed to play for the University of Buffalo where he was red-shirted his first year and played the next three as a versatile defensive and special teams asset. In his senior year at UB, Moseley had 70 tackles, six QB pressures, eight tackles-for-a-loss, one interception, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt. His adaptability, size, speed and experience in multiple defensive positions make him an impressive weapon. Many scouts had Willie on their radar since his pro day and Tampa Bay quickly signed him following the 2013 NFL Draft as an Undrafted Free Agent.
Height: 6' 4"
Senior Year Stats at Buffalo University
NFL Free Agent - LB
From his hometown of Artesia, New Mexico, Dallas Bollema was a dominating linebacker for Artesia High School. He earned the title of State Defensive Player of the Year by prepnewmexico.com in 2008 and was the Team MVP his senior year with 189 tackles. After being picked up by UNM, Dallas was redshirted his freshman year but still played in 12 games recording 39 tackles and one forced fumble throughout the season.
During his sophomore year in 2011, Dallas continued to prove his worth as a starter when he debuted in the season opener against Colorado State and produced a season high 13 tackles. He ended the season third on the team in tackles with 68 and a promising look towards his junior year. In his 2012 season, Dallas earned his stripes starting in all 13 games at inside linebacker and led the Lobos with 89 tackles and earned All-Mountain West honorable mention honors. Dallas also had 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 interceptions on the season.
Named one of four team captains by his teammates during their 2013 spring practices, Dallas Bollema had a career year with 94 total tackles on the season. He was named All-Mountain West Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season and is UNM’s No.20 All-Time Leading Tackler with 290 stops. As a big hitter with a great burst towards the line of scrimmage and performances that get better every year, Dallas is ready to make an impact in the NFL.
CFL - Free Agent - RB
Kevin Smith was born December 7, 1986 and grew up playing his high school ball at Southridge High School in Miami, Florida. Following three letterman years, Smith committed to play football for the Knights at the University of Central Florida where he became the all-time leading rusher with 4,864 yards and 45 touchdowns during the 2004-2007 seasons. In addition, he is the only player in UCF history to be named a consensus All-American (2007). Following his third season with UCF, Kevin Smith was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 1st pick in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft. During his first season with the Detroit Lions, Smith put together exceptional rookie numbers including 976 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns, and 286 receiving yards. Now a five year NFL veteran and a free agent, Smith is working harder than ever and is ready to contribute a solid rushing attack right away.
Philadelphia Phillies - Outfielder
A resident of Austin, Texas, Everett Williams attended McCallum High School and was named an Aflac All-American in 2008 and tallied 36 home runs, 173 RBI and 73 stolen bases over his high school career, hitting over .400 each season. Williams was then selected by the Padres in the 2nd round (52nd pick Overall) of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. After batting .389 with a .421 OBP for the Padres' in the Arizona League, Williams was selected to participate for the Northwest League as a member of the Eugene Emeralds for the rest of the 2009 season.
After his 2010 spring training, the Padres optioned Williams to Class-A Fort Wayne to begin his minor league career. In 107 games, Williams hit .244, collecting 95 hits, 25 doubles and 59 RBI. Showing the Padres he has what it takes, the organization moved Williams up to their Double-A team, the San Antonio Missions. Williams finished his 2013 season with the SA Missions with 331 at bats, an AVG of .257, 85 total hits, 11 doubles, 31 RBI’s, 2 home-runs, 10 stolen bases, an OBP of .312, and a SLG of .314. Williams has shown consistency year to year and always steps up when the game is on the line. Big time players make big time plays, and Everett Williams always comes up big in the clutch.
San Diego Padres – San Antonio Missions (AA)– Texas League Stats
Games: 89 TB: 104 AB: 331 R: 37
H: 85 2B: 11 3B: 1 HR: 2
RBI: 31 BB: 28 SO: 81 SB: 10
OBP: .312 SLG: .314 AVG: .257
From his hometown of Union City, Tennessee; Marquis Weddle is an explosive guard with strong leadership skills and a great court awareness. He developed his game at the University of Tennessee-Martin [UTM] with the Skyhawks; where he earned the title OVC Freshman of the Year and made the OVC All-Newcomer Team in 2008. Weddle’s hard work and dedication for the game stood out and he enjoyed increasing stats year to year.
Going into his senior season, Weddle transferred to West Virginia Wesleyan and joined the Bobcats for an outstanding year to cap off his college career. In his first season wearing the Orange and Black, Weddle led the Bobcats to a 9 win improvement from their 2010 campaign. Weddle finished the regular season ranked 2nd in the WVIAC and 8th nationally in scoring at 22.6 PPG. Weddle also ranked 4th in the WVIAC and 15th nationally in FT% at .897, 6th in the WVIAC and 28th nationally in 3-point FG’s made with 2.88 while ranking 47th nationally in 3-point FG% at .385. Weddle was the lone Wesleyan representative on the All-WVIAC squad in 2011.
Height: 6’1" / 185.4 cm
Weight: 185 lbs / 83.9 kg
Tony Bennett began his basketball career at Westinghouse High School in Chicago, Illinois where in 2002 he led his team to a State Championship. He then attended Pratt Community College for two seasons, averaging 19.6 points per game before taking his talents to NCAA Division I Bradley University. While at Bradley, he averaged 11.2 points per game over two seasons and helped bring his team to a Sweet 16 appearance.
Since college, Tony has played professionally in Finland, Mexico, Canada, France and Lithuania. For the 2013-14 season, he was recruited to play for Canada's NBL London Lightning under head coach Michael Ray Richardson. While with the Lighting, Tony was named an ALL-NBLC Honorable Mention and averaged 14.69 points per game, 6.05 assists per game (4th in the league), 1.67 steals per game (7th in the league), and 3.03 rebounds per game.
Tony's a natural leader that has the ability to join a team and immediately step up and take a team to new heights. He's a player that knows how to get down the court, distribute the ball as a floor general and contribute points when called upon.
NFL Free Agent- DT/DE
Calvin Washington, 6'5 280 lbs, got his start at defensive lineman while attending Fishburne Military High School. In his senior year at Fishburne, Washington was named MVP for his team’s offensive and defensive squads. After high school, he began his collegiate football career at Eastern Arizona where he was rated as a three-star recruit and the eighth-best junior-college defensive end by Rivals.com. Following the 2011 season where he had 38 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery, he was named to the Second-Team All-ACCAC football team and transferred to Western Kentucky University ahead of the 2012 season.
In his first season with the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers, he appeared in 8 games recording a solid season that included a big sack for a 13-yard loss in a game against Southern Mississippi. In 2013, Washington saw action in 12 games recording 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries. In his career, he’s helped anchor every defensive line he’s been a part of and is ready to put his NFL size and talents to work in the pros.
Height: 6' 5"
NFL Free Agent - LB
Listed as the No. 6 player in Indiana by Rivals, James Manuel is a hard hitting defensive back turned linebacker from Indianapolis, IN. He attended Warren Central High School where he helped win the 2009 5A State Championshipand earned Honorable Mention All-State honors from the AP. His talents were picked up by the University of Minnesota and appeared in 22 games over his first two seasons as a defensive back recording 40 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and an interception.
After moving up on the gridiron to linebacker his junior and senior year, Manuel compiled a total of 104 tackles, 65 solo, had 6.6 tackles for a loss of 34 yards, 6 pass deflections, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception returned for a 24 yard touchdown. Manuel’s hard work ethic and determination improves his game each year and consistently shows results on the field. His dream of playing in the NFL is just around the corner and nothing is going to slow James Manuel down.
Former WBC Lightweight Champion Of The World
David "Dangerous" Diaz was born June 7, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois. He is an American boxer in the lightweight (135 lb) division. His professional record is 36-4-1 and with 17 KOs. He is a former WBC & IBA Lightweight Champion. Also Diaz was a Member of the 1996 US Olympic Team as a Light Welterweight. In his amateur career David won the Chicago Golden Gloves four times and the National Golden Gloves three times (1993, 1994 and 1996). He was the National Golden Gloves light welterweight champion. David is not only a great boxer but he is a great person. He is willing to help out anyone if they need help.
Height: 5' 6"
NFL Free Agent - DT
Jibrille Fewell grew up playing football in his hometown of Rock Hill, South Carolina. While attending South Point High School he was selected as All-Region, All-Area and an All-State honoree. Fewell, who was a junior college transfer, was originally a top recruit at the University of Buffalo where he began his collegiate career under Head Coach Turner Gill and he was named the most improved player during their spring training. Following Buffalo, he transferred Butte College where in his last season with the team he had 47 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, and 5 sacks. After Butte, he transferred and finished out his collegiate career at Liberty University where he was named an honorable mention All-State/All-America NORCAL team.
Fewell is an extremely hard worker, he’s passionate and athletic. He’s an explosive player with a great motor. Fewell is a solid run defender and his ability to rush the passer is a game changer.
NFL Free Agent - FS/KR
Ben Kargbo (May 24th, 1990) originally from Alexandria, Virginia grew up a multi-sport athlete with a focus on football and basketball. He went to Bishop Maginn High School where he started at quarterback and safety. He was First-Team All-State defensive back and a two-time First-Team large school All-Area selection by the Times Union at defensive back. Ben had the opportunity to play both football and basketball for University of Rhode Island but decided to focus on football alone and instead accepted a scholarship at the University of Buffalo. Following a transfer to Southeast Missouri State University he started all 12 games in the 2013 season, collecting 74 tackles, 52 of which were solo, 3 forced fumbles and 2 broken up passes. He is also a great kick returner - returning 9 kicks for 210 yards with an average of 23.3 yards. Ben is an extremely versatile player with great speed, a big body for his position, and always a dangerous threat on special teams.
NFL Free Agent - LS
Robert Hanna was born on May 16th, 1991 in Laurel, MS. He then moved to Ellisville, MS where he attended South Jones High School where he decided he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps by playing football. His senior year he was named 1st Team All-State and then went on to walk on at Jones Junior College as a long snapper. After his sophomore season he attended a snapper ranking combine where he was ranked #1 in the country for his consistency, speed, and accuracy of his snaps. Robert then transferred to Belhaven University for the 2012-13 seasons. While there, his team was the top punting team in the country and he was named All-MSC 2nd team all-conference as a long snapper.
NFL Free Agent - DE
Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Pat Wertz is from Orland Hills, IL and went to Andrew High School. Wertz was a First-Team Class 8A All-State selection, a Two-Time All-Conference and All-Area selection, and was South West Suburban Conference Player of the Year his senior year. After being redshirted at Illinois State in 2010, Wertz transferred to Eastern Illinois. In 2011, during his junior year, Wertz played in 11 games and tallied 21 tackles, four for a loss, had one sack against Austin Peay, and an interception returned for 16 yards.
His 2012 senior year was a great year for Wertz. He started in 12 games at defensive end and finished the year with 53 tackles (22 solo), had 8.5 tackles for loss, recorded three sacks with one each against Southern Illinois, Illinois State and South Dakota State, he had three forced fumbles with two against Jacksonville State, and a blocked kick against JSU. Wertz received Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors for his efforts and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by NCAA during the 2012 season. This past season, Wertz was named to the 2013 All-Ohio Valley Conference preseason team. He played in 14 games with 38 tackles, 10.5 recorded for a loss, led the team in sacks with 6.5, broke up 5 passes, recovered 5 fumbles, had 2 forced fumbles, and 1 blocked kick. After the season was complete Pat was named to the 2013 1st Team All-Ohio Valley Conference Team.
Height: 6' 3'
Weight: 250 lbs.
The 7'1', Portland, Oregon native, Joe Wolfinger was recruited by his state school, University of Washington, where he played four seasons and helped the team reach the Sweet 16 in two (2006 & 2008). In his final season of eligibility he transferred to The Citadel before taking his game overseas to Slovakia and Germany.
Following Germany, Joe had his breakout season in Japan's IBL where he averaged 38.4 points per game, 17.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.5% from the 3-point arc. During the 2013 offseason, he came back to the US and continued playing domestically to keep his skills red hot before being signed to the Tokyo Excellence in Japan's NBDL for the 2013-14 season. In Japan, Joe had his best season yet. After being named to the 2014 NBDL All-Star team, Joe helped his team claim the Championship title while also being named the league's Top Center for the season. During championship season, Joe averaged 23.0 points per game (3rd in league), 13.5 rebounds per game (4th in league), 1.2 assists per game, and 1.0 blocks per game (5th in league).
NFL Free Agent - WR
Alonzo Agwuenu grew up in Chino Hills, CA as part of an athletic family that has produced multiple Division 1 athletes. At 6’4” 215 lbs, Alonzo can turn on the speed and is an easy target for any quarterback. With his size and natural athletic talents, he’s able to get past, up and over most defenders on the field. As a junior in high school, he earned an All-Sierra League selection after a 42-reception season that saw him go for 690 yards and seven touchdowns. A graduate of Arizona State University, he got his start at Mt. San Antonio College where he ranked as the 62nd overall junior college prospect, catching 73 passes for 1,000+ yards and 19 touchdowns and helped lead his team to the California College Athletic Association Championship in his sophomore season. Alonzo was named the Offensive Player of the Game in his team’s victory in the Southern California Championship game. He also earned the California Community College Football Coaches Association All-Region 1V All-California First-Team Offensive honors in the 2011 season. After a stellar junior college career, he transferred to Arizona State where he provided the Sun Devils with solid depth at the receiver position and has become a reliable big man that can bring in the catch in the clutch. Alonzo is now training full-time as he gets ready to claim his spot at the next level.
Cedar Rapid Titans - LB
Nick Haag grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts playing any and all sports he could get involved with. As a naturally athletic person, he always stood out among the competition. Coaches noticed early on that there was something very special about Nick, particularly in football, a sport where Nick always excelled. In high school, he was the captain of the team and quarterback of his school’s Super Bowl titles during his junior and senior seasons. Following high school, he went on to play football at U-Mass where he played in all 11 games as a linebacker and on special teams. Following a transfer to Assumption College (D2), Nick started three productive seasons, became a two-time All-Northeast-1 selection and captained the team in his final season. He led the conference in sacks as a junior and had 33 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, 4 quarterback hurries and a pass breakup in his senior season. In December 2012, Nick participated in the All-American Bowl and was named the games MVP.
Nick is a truly rare athletic talent that excels at everything he puts his mind to. Coaches describe him as a leader, hard worker and intense athlete that treats every practice like the Super Bowl. He’s got a lot of energy and is able to focus his efforts exactly where it needs to be. Nick has a lot of passion for the game and his hard work and determination shows every time he steps on the field.
Windsor, Ontario native, Gary Gibson attended Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida where in his senior year he earned the title, Player of the Year. After high school, Gary won the conference championship at a junior college in Miami before transferring to Division I Eastern Washington where he would start for all three seasons while with the team. In 2008, Eastern Washington named him their Best Defensive Player.
Since graduation, Gary has played in the ABA and in multiple German leagues. In 2012, Gary played for the Hannover Korbjaeger of Germany's Regionalliga, averaging 23.5 points per game. In 2013, he returned to the Hannover Korbjaeger but also practiced with Hannover’s ProB team at the request of the team's head coach. At midseason, in 2014, the Hannover's ProB head coach and GM decided they couldn't pass up on Gary's talents and brought him up to their division officially to help their team make a playoff run.
Gary's a very intelligent point guard that has the ability to run a team and demands hard work from the players around him. He's a guard that can shoot accurately from the 3 and is an excellent driver. The talent that gets head coaches excited about him is his ability to make the teammates around him better.
Tim Parham attended NCAA Division I University of Maryland Eastern Shore for three seasons. In 2006, following his collegiate career, Tim played for the Chicago Bull's on their Summer League team. Following his Summer League appearance, he was drafted by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League and followed that up with an invite to the Golden State Warriors Vet-Camp.
From 2007 to 2009, Tim played internationally in Chile, Poland, Brazil, Peru, and Germany before returning to the NBA D-League for the 2009 season with the Iowa Energy. From 2010-2012, Tim played overseas, having contracts in Turkey, Taiwan and Dubai. For the 2013-14 season in Canada's NBL with the Halifax Rainmen, Tim was named ALL-NBL Canada Center of the Year, 2nd Team ALL-NBLC, and named to the league's All-Star game where he tallied 15 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Although primarily known as a solid defensive player, Tim managed to average 10.58 points per game to go along with 10.82 rebounds per game (1st in the league) and 1.06 blocks per game. He broke the NBL's all-time regular season rebound record with 492 on the season.
Throughout Tim's career, he's proven to be a relentless rebounder on offense and defense and a consistent double-double threat. He's got an unstoppable jump hook over the left shoulder and a motor that won't quit. He's a solid athlete with a great work ethic and positive attitude.
Windy City Thunderbolts - Pitcher
Eric was born in Harvey, IL on February 13, 1990 and currently resides in Lansing, IL He graduated from Thornton Fractional South High School in 2008 and went on to St. Joseph's College in Rennsselaer, IN on a baseball scholarship. Eric graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in business Administration and a Minor in Economics. After college, Eric was picked up by an independent team, Windy City Thunderbolts and one week later, his contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization where he played for the 2013 season.
Height: 6' 1"
Arizona Diamondbacks - Missoula Osprey - Pioneer League Season Stats
NFL Free Agent - Kicker/Punter
Greg Rivara originates from Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a 2008 graduate of St. Pius X High School. There he earned honors as first-team all-district, all-state and all-metro as a punter and kicker. His first two years of college he played for New Mexico Highlands and was the primary kickoff specialist and punter. In 2009, Greg ranked 13 nationally for Division II punting with an average distance of 40.46 yards per punt while averaging a solid 58.9 yards per kickoff on 71 attempts over two seasons.
Following his second season at New Mexico Highlands he transferred to the University of New Mexico. In the 2012 season, he played in all 13 games, kicking off 63 times with 28 touchbacks for an average of 63.69 yards per kickoff which ranked him 9th overall in NCAA Division I football nationally and 1st overall in the Mountain West Conference. With Greg Rivara leading the special teams unit, the University of New Mexico ranked second in the Mountain West with 39.9 net yards per kick. He's got the consistency and leg strength similar to many of today's top NFL's kickers and is ready to give his team the special teams advantage that wins football games.
Height: 6' 0"
Alysha Harvin, from Dania, FL was born on August 30, 1988. At South Broward High School, Harvin was a 2005 Street and Smith's Honorable Mention All-American, 2005 South Florida Sun-Sentinel Class 6A-5A-4A Player of the Year, 2006 Orlando Sentinel All-South honorable mention and 6A All-State First Team selection. Following a strong high school career, she took her talents to Florida State University (NCAA). In 2007, she helped FSU reach the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight in 2010. In 2012, Harvin played professionally with the Gernika KESB Basketball organization (Spain) - averaging 14.2 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Height: 178 cm/ 5'10'
Points Per Game: 14.2
NFL / CFL Free Agent - DB
Ryan Lacy grew up playing high school football near Antelope, CA for the Oakmont HS Vikings. His high school career was nothing short of exceptional during which he made All-Sierra League & All-Area in 2006 and 2007. Lacy lead the team as a two-time team MVP and team captain. He then took his defensive talents to the University of Utah where he became one of the Pac-12's best cover corners as a two year starter. In 2011, Lacy started all 13 games on the season and was an honorable mention All-Pac-12. He finished that season sixth overall in the Pac-12 conference in passes defended with 12 (10 pass breakups | 2 interceptions) and passes defended per game (0.92). In his final 2012 college season, he played in 11 games, starting 10 of them, recorded 22 tackles (11 solo) and collected two interceptions. In 2013, Lacy spent time in camp with the New Orleans Saints as an Undrafted Free Agent following the draft. In the later part of 2013, Ryan signed with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats where his team made it to the Grey Cup Championship game. During the 2014 CFL Spring Training session, Ryan was with the CFL expansion team, the Ottawa RedBlacks as they prepare for their first season.
Height: 5' 9"
NFL / CFL Free Agent - RB
Eric O'Neal is practically a household name back in his hometown of Kathleen, GA where he put together one of the best high school football careers Georgia's ever seen. By the end of his senior year he had posted over 528 career rushing attempts, 3006 rushing yards, 39 rushing touchdowns, and had more than 3700 all-purpose yards in just 25 games. In his senior year alone, he was named First Team Class AAAAA All-State from the Associated Press and Georgia Sports Writers Association and First Team All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Associated Press after leading the I-AAAAA region in rushing. In addition, O'Neal earned All-Region honors and was named the region's Offensive Player of the Year while also receiving his team's Golden Helmet Award signifying their Team MVP. After his storied high school career he committed to play for Coastal Carolina University where his talents were utilized immediately. He played in all 11 games as a true freshman, earning himself Big South Freshman of the Week honors twice. During his college career, O'Neal's speed and ability to grind out defenses had him gaining over 4 yards per carry each year he played. His quickness, endurance and ability to shake a defender make him a very potent offensive weapon that is sure to cause headlines at the next level. During the 2014 CFL Spring Training, Eric was with the CFL's expansion team, the Ottawa RedBlacks.
Height: 5' 11"
At 7'5", Will Foster is one of the tallest NBA prospects to ever play NCAA Division I basketball. Born in Booney Lake, Washington, he attended White River High School where he easily averaged a double-double with 17.5 points per game and 14 rebounds per game. After being heavily recruited by top college programs, he settled on basketball power house, Gonzaga University where he enjoyed a great career making the NCAA tournament in each of his four playing years and the Sweet 16 in 2009. Coming out of Gonzaga, he was drafted into the NBA D-League where he has since played for the Idaho Stampede, Rio Grande Vipers, Sioux Falls Skyforce and most recently the Maine Red Claws.
Will is an athletic big man that can run the floor, block shots, and grab rebounds at both ends. Using his 7'7" wingspan, he can take up a lot of space in the paint and force the defender to change their shot with great efficiency. He's got superior basketball intelligence and is the type of player that makes his teammates around him play better. Will is an impact player that can contribute immediately.
Dana Wieller was born on June 18th, 1991 and is from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For Dana, basketball has been a year-round sport ever since the 5th grade. After playing varsity and AAU ball in high school, she went on to play for Bloomsburg University (NCAA Division II) where she currently holds the school record for career three pointers (332) which is second in PSAC history. As a four year starter, she is second in school history for points scored at 1883 (scored 1000 points in her junior season). In her final two seasons, she helped take her team to the NCAA Playoffs for two consecutive seasons, winning the conference championship in her senior season. Dana has an amazing work ethic and always gives 110%. She's extremely effective in any guard position and is ready for her chance to contribute on the international stage.
Height: 167 cm/ 5' 6'
Minutes Played Per Game: 30.6
Ron Oliver has spent the last 14 years in the NBA working as an assistant coach, video coordinator, and scout. He's worked with the Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, and most recently the Toronto Raptors. As a four-year letter winner for the University of Michigan basketball team, Oliver graduated with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and Movement Science. Immediately following his graduation he stepped into the coaching and administrative realm of the NBA working under great coaches such as Coach Michael Curry, Coach Kevin O'Neill, Coach Rick Carlisle and Coach Mark James. To round out his career, he also spent a season in 2010 as the Director of Basketball Operations with Ball State University.
Oliver has a myriad of professional coaching and college level administrative experiences that make him an ideal candidate for any college program's head coaching position. He has a passion for college basketball and is committed to developing student-athletes into professionals and champions both on and off the court.
Former professional and Division I basketball player, Coach Beaman is an enthusiastic and dedicated basketball professional. He brings a lifetime of basketball achievement and experience to everything he does. Coach Beaman has over 23 years of progressive domestic and international coaching and training experience including head coaching and assistant roles at the professional, college, AAU, international club levels, and private training. He has held Assistant Coaching roles at Cornell University, University of North Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Alabama, Washington Mystics (WNBA) and the Milwaukee Bucks. In 2001, he was the head coach for Los Marinos De Oriente - Venezuela. Over the course of his career Coach Beaman has assisted and coached at numerous basketball camps, including: Nike All-American, 5-Star, Top 50 All-American, BCI All-American, and the University of Maryland, George Mason, American University, and Georgetown University basketball camps. In 2001, he founded the Beaman Basketball Academy where he currently sits as the President, Coach and Trainer
Coach Beaman's goal is to influence and instill positive life skills to student athletes. He aims to help each student achieve a love of basketball with an appreciation for the values of leadership, discipline & sportsmanship, and an increased sense of accomplishment & level of self-esteem on and off the basketball court. Coach Beaman is committed to helping everyone achieve their goals.
Professional Basketball Coach
Coach Ivanovic draws from his 15+ years of successful professional playing career to deliver advanced and effective coaching to his teams. His method can be described as evenly measured on all segments of the game. Coach’s experience as a player and leader helps him relate and connect with his players and fellow coaches. In his preparation, he composes individual training programs by position and by player skill. Coach Ivanovic focuses on the areas of the athlete’s game that needs the most fine-tuning. During his coaching career, he’s worked with athletes like Luka Mitrovic (BC Crvena Zvezda), Djordje Gagic (BC Partizan), Nemanja Dangubic (BC Mega Vizura), Nemanja Krstic (BC Mega Vizura), Nikola Milutinov, one of the most perspective young players in Europe (BC Partizan), Novak Jovan (BC Vrsac), Djordje Milosevic (BC Vrsac), Dejan Davidovac (BC Vrsac), and Aleksandar Bursac (BC Vojvodina). Coach Ivanovic’s keen eye for talent and his passion for the game make him a coach to watch in this upcoming season.
So why did fitness work for me when so many people try and fail every day? Lots of people every day try to "lose weight" or try to "get in shape" or try to "put on some muscle" and unfortunately for most it doesn't really work. Why? Growing up I was taunted and teased by classmates about my weight. I had a gut and "man boobs" instead of settling for the low self-esteem lifestyle, I decided to change. Like many other people I was the one saying I want to "lose weight" I want to "get in shape" I want to "put on some muscle". Why did working out work for me? I'll tell you, passion, I changed from just wanting or trying. The feeling of change grew from want to desire, from desire to need, from need to obsession, from obsession to passion. I started by reading books then taking classes training with coaches. I joined martial arts schools studying Tae kwon do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With time and dedication I achieved a black belt in Tae Kwon do, competed in bodybuilding shows and learned that with desire and passion I could achieve the goals I set for myself.
During this journey I became a personal trainer. My first certification was through Coopers Institute, then A.f.A.A., and last was with Prairie State College. After being a personal trainer for 12 years I have arrived at a new goal, helping to bring people's awareness of not just "fitness", but "fitness and health" closer together. My plan for doing this, I decided to become an RN (Registered Nurse). I will graduate from nursing school at the end of 2012. Using my passion, knowledge as a personal trainer and RN I will give back to all the people still struggling to make the change, to feel better, look better and to be healthier people than they are today! One way is through showing people what it takes to be who you want to be. By giving you access to me and my brain at www.trainblacksmith.com ! I have had the pleasure of training some high end athletes who have played in the NFL, to golden glove boxers, to mixed martial artists, even CEO's of companies but this is fitness and health. Health should be the goal for everyone; workouts, fitness, nutrition tips, and answering questions that can be stumbling blocks for you. Healthy and fit videos, tips for all at www.trainblacksmith.com.
I've been training people for years now, and I realize something - only through the willingness of someone to expand their own boundaries, can they change.
World Class Athlete
Bracin Skywalker originally started out as an exceptional basketball player with the ability to get some serious air as reflected in the dunk contests he has competed in over the years. He was the 3-time Kobe Bryant Academy Slam Dunk Contest Champion. He also competed in and won the Kenny Smith Carolina Basketball Camp Slam Dunk Title in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. A new opportunity was presented to Bracin when he decided to go out for track and field to stay active and in top shape for basketball. Bracin excelled at track and field placing first in his conference and 7th in the state his first time out. Skywalker also won the Nor-Cal and state championship in Long Jump.
World Class Athlete
Arizona Rattlers - DE
Leon Mackey is a 6’5” defensive end with a nonstop engine that will leave even the toughest offensive linemen gasping for air. Leon, an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, is from Wilmington, Delaware and attended high school at Hargrave Military Academy. Now you can begin to see where his work ethic and hard exterior derives from. A man on a mission, Leon started his college career with Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi where he was a four-star prospect by Rivals and ranked No.8 on Superprep JUCO Top 100 First Team All-Conference.
After a successful year with HCC, Texas Tech saw the potential and added Mackey to the Red Raiders roster. In his first season with Texas Tech, Leon played in 10 games with 6 starts and ended the season with 28 tackles, 20 solo, had 3 tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble. Mackey finished his career with Texas Tech after the 2012 season and was titled an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention the same year. Leon continues to follow his dream of playing in the NFL and currently collides with aspiring athletes in the AFL for the Arizona Rattlers as they chase a championship.
Freddy Young Jr.
NFL Free Agent - DB/FS
Freddy Young was born on August 10, 1990. He is a 2008 graduate of Las Cruces Mayfield High School. Young was first team all-state defensive back and second team all-state receiver as a senior for the state champion Trojans. After high school he decided to play college football at the University of New Mexico. Freddy was a Four-year letterman that played cornerback and safety for the Lobos and brought a steady influence to the secondary. Young was one of the biggest and best athletes on the Lobo football team. He also had 40 career appearances with 18 starts over his University New Mexico career. After his football career at UNM, Freddy entered the 2013 NFL Draft. The Oakland Raiders signed him as an Undrafted Free Agent immediately after the draft.
Height: 6' 1"
NFL Free Agent - RB/FB
Terrence Freeman was born November 22, 1985 and raised in Gary, IN. Although he attended and graduated in 2004 from Emerson HS for Visual and Performing Arts, he played all of his high school sports at Lew Wallace High School.
Terrence attended college at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN, a NCAA Division II school. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art in 2010. He is often referred to as the twin of Ray Rice, skill-wise and physique-wise and will be a force to contend with on any team. His plan is to be a Running Back or Full Back in the NFL in the very near future. He is self-motivated, extremely hard-working and a very determined player.
NFL Free Agent - LB/DB
Born and raised in Gary, IN, Fred came from a family that taught strong ethics. His parents ensured he understood the benefits of hard work and the value of family and friendship.
Fred has always been attracted to the physicality of the game and spent a tremendous amount of time preparing and working to get bigger, stronger and faster for the sport. Fred played NCAA football at North Central where he obtained his degree.
The force he showed on the field allowed him the opportunity to try out for the San Diego Chargers. It was then he knew where he belongs. Knowing that each man has one job and relying on that one person doing their job makes a complete unit, and that's one of Fred's favorite things about the game.
Fred's strong family unit has always been a driving force in his life. They have helped him pursue his dreams and he says there's nothing he won't stop at to be able to show them his gratitude and have them see him reach his goals. Fred is driven, loyal and true to his dream.
NFL Free Agent - K
James Aho was born and raised in New Mexico where he attended Roswell High School and the University of New Mexico. Aho was a UNM football team walk-on in the Spring of 2008 and went on to become one of the most productive kickers in school history during his four years as a starter. He holds the #2 spot in school history for career field-goals made with 45. Aho also sits at No. 8 in career field-goal accuracy with a 68.2% conversion rate and he's No. 6 on the career scoring list with 218 points.
Aho gained a substantial amount of mental toughness having been relied upon to provide the winning margin on four Lobo victories, two of which were game winning field goals in the final seconds. He had ten games in which he kicked multiple field goals, having a career high when he accounted for 18 points in a single game against Arizona in '08 when he went 5/5 and added 3 on points after. At UNM, he was always very solid on point-after attempts, connecting on 83 of 85 attempts, finishing perfect in 2010 and 2011. His standout kicking abilities earned him the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week an impressive four times over his college career. Aho has got the physical abilities and NFL caliber mental toughness needed to kick in National Football League.
Height: 5' 9"
Professional Soccer Player - Goalkeeper
Tony Halterman, from Dyer, Indiana, attended Lake Central High School where he lettered all four years in soccer and two of those years in track. Tony credits his father, a Nationally Certified Strength Coach, for keeping him in top condition to compete at the highest level from a young age all the way to today. After high school, he went to DePauw University where he again lettered four straight years for soccer and an additional year in track. While with DePauw, Tony was Team Captain for two years, 2nd Team All-NCAC Defender as a junior and during his senior season he made 2nd Team All-NCAC and 2rd Team Great Lakes All-Region Goalkeeper. Tony’s been playing the game for going on 20 years now – he's got great leg strength, lightening quick hand-eye coordination and the speed to keep the ball out of the net for elite clubs.
Height: 6’ 0’’
Standing tall at 6’9”, Franko Filipovic started playing basketball at an early age in his home country of Croatia and instantly had a strong passion for the game. Franco’s dedication would eventually bring him to play 3 years with KK Cedevita where he continued to develop his game. After putting up astonishing statistics in the playoffs for Cedevita, Franko was called to play with Kvarner in 2010. While with Kvarner, Franko averaged; 10.2 PPG, shot for a FGP of 63.4%, had a 26.2% 3FGP, shot for 68.2% in FT, and had 4.1 RPG.
In 2011, he decided to leave Croatia and start his international career with the BC Perla Harghita in Romania for the 2012-2013 season. Filipovic’s hard work ethic really started to appear when his stats jumped up from the previous year. He played in 37 games averaging 27.8 MIN, 14.6 PPG, shot for a FGP of 56.4%, increased his 3FGP to 42.9%, shot for 76% in FT, totaled 4.6 RPG, and had 10 blocks on the season. Filipovic now looks forward to the next level of competition and new challenges to conquer. If you ask him, Franko will tell you that basketball is not just a game or a job, but a way of life.
Franko Filipovic 3/4
Chicago Slaughter - WR
Antoine Brown was born in Gary, IN on September 18, 1986. Brown graduated from Portage High School in Portage, IN in 2005 and was an All-State, All-Conference and All-Area select player during his career there. Antoine walked on at the University of Kentucky and later transferred to become a Scholarship player at Indiana State University. He is known for his speed and agility and he is quick and smart with his decisions on the football field. Antoine's work ethic is unmatched. He is in the gym every day becoming better and stronger with each day. He is a great asset and a solid player. Antoine currently is with the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League playing as a Wide Receiver and Special Teams assassin.
Height: 5' 9"
Natasha Vital is a swift driving point guard that will leave the opposing defense in critical condition. From her hometown of Stockton, California, Natasha played all four years of her college career with a loaded Cal Berkley team consisting of three All-Americans that all went on to play professional. She made the Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team in 2007, led her team to the Pac-10 Tournament Finals in 2008 and received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and Pac-10 All-Defensive Honorable Mention that same year. In 2009, she led her team to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 where they faced an undefeated UConn (Tournament Winners). As a senior, Natasha finished her Cal career ranked 2nd in games played (137), 3rd in career assists (470), 7th in made-threes (110), 20th on the career points list (1,029), and a NIT Championship Title. Now entering her fourth professional season overseas, Natasha has played in Ukraine one season and Sweden two seasons where she was named Eurobasket.com MVP in her 2012/13 season.
Natasha is a playmaker with incredible speed, strength, skill, and basketball IQ. Vital is the perfect example of an all around point guard. She is a smart, unselfish player who understands how to lead a team and make the players around her better. She also understands situations where she needs to be a scorer and when she needs to be a distributer. With her speed, she excels in the fast break that will help her team score easy baskets and put pressure on the defense. It is extremely difficult for a defender to keep her in front of them because of her ability to attack the basket. Vital can break down the defense opening up scoring opportunities for her teammates. She also has a great midrange game and court vision that makes it difficult for defenders to guard her one-on-one or in ball screen situations. Defensively, Vital’s ability to anticipate allows her to get out into passing lanes for steals and stay a step ahead of the offense. Her quickness allows her to keep players in front of her, and she understands many different styles of defensive rotations. Vital is a solid, hardworking player that, if given the opportunity, will be a great asset to your club.
2006-2007: California (NCAA): 32 games: 7.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3Pts: 25.4%, FT: 74.4%