Local Pro Team Begins Prep for 2012-2013 Season on Thursday
Severn, MD (September 5, 2012) – After a successful inaugural campaign the Bay Area Shuckers are set to tip-off their second season with the opening of training camp on Thursday, September 6th. When the local American Professional Basketball League (APBL) team takes the court 24 players will be battling for 15 spots, including many familiar faces to area basketball fans.
“I’ve very proud of the job our staff did this offseason and through tryouts to assemble our training camp roster. We have a great core of players coming back, some key offseason signings, and a number of players who impressed through our tryouts. We’re excited to get started,” commented Bay Area Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.
The good news for the Shuckers is their plan to provide players with an opportunity to move up to other opportunities has worked. The bad news is the team’s top three scorers (Adrian Bowie, Jamarr Johnson, and Terry Hosley), including two who were All-Pro (Bowie, 1st Team and Hosley 3rd Team), are no longer with the team, while a fourth player, Zac White, who was a frequent starter down the stretch, and led the team in blocked shots, is now playing in Australia.
To begin to fill those vacancies the Shuckers re-signed seven players from last year’s playoff team. Eric Bigby (Meade/Liberty), Patrick Lipinski (Annapolis Area Christian School/Trinity), Mike McKenzie (Meade/Delaware State), Harvey Paige, Jr. (Dubois/AACC), Lamarr Shorts (Bryan), Llewellyn Smalley (Hawaii-Pacific), and Gerald Stansbury (Broadneck/Marymount).
The Shuckers also are bringing back Earl Jackson (Johnson C. Smith) who averaged 16 points and nearly 15 rebounds per game before leaving mid-season after signing in Peru. A key acquisition was Fahreed Cheatham (Cheyney) a two-time Most Valuable Player while playing for the Wilmington, Delaware-based Destroyers.
Local basketball fans will also recognize a number of the Shuckers players. Dennard Abraham (Towson), Perry Wright (Cardinal Gibbons/Widener), Danny Thompson (Mount St. Mary’s), Rodney Edwards (Coppin State), Gus Durr (Spalding/Mount St. Mary’s), Kevin Hunt (Broadneck/AACC), Kevin Green (Patterson/Maryland Bible), Kyle Sullivan (River Hill/St. Mary’s), Mareno McKenzie (Meade), Kyle Garrison (Norfolk State), and Joe Addis (Dundalk/Essex) will be vying for spots.
In addition some talent from outside the area, Antonio Reddick (Chowan), Cody White (Wesley), and Damien Johnson (Wicomico/UMES), will be battling for one of 15 roster slots.
The APBL season is scheduled to tip-off in late October. For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.