The 76ers announced yesterday that they have added five players to their 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League roster. Among the additions were two former NBA Draft picks: Ndudi (“Indy”) Ebi (pic at left), a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2003 and Trent Plaisted, a 6-11 second-round pick in 2008 by the franchise formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics.
Rounding out the roster are three prospects with local ties : former Xavier big man Jason Love who played his high school ball at Abington Friends; former Temple scoring machine Ryan Brooks and LaSalle’s Vernon Goodridge.
More details and a few comments after the jump.
Ebi (6-9; 200 lbs.) who jumped directly out of a Westbury Christian High School (Houston, TX) to the NBA was the No. 26 selection in 2003 by the T-Wolves. He appeared in just 19 NBA games over two seasons (17 in 2003-04 and 2 games in 2004-05) and scored a total of 40 points over those 19 games. However, he did look impressive in one of them, scoring 18 points against San Antonio in the final game of the ’04-05 season. Ebi also spent a significant amount of tick in the D-League (pic at left), before being released. Most recently he has played in Italy where he averaged 15 points and 10 boards a game for Riviera Solare Crabs Rimini.
As a high schooler, Ebi led Westbury Christian to its third TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) state 4A championship in his four seasons (the school’s 11th overall). He averaged 22.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 2.6 steals per game for the Wildcats and earned First Team All-America honors from both USA Today and Parade Magazine before signing to attend the University of Arizona. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 USA Olympic Festival and also competed in the McDonald’s High School All-America Game and the Jordan Capital Classic
Plaisted was the No. 46 pick overall in the 2008 Draft by the OKC Thunder. In his final year at BYU he posted solid numbers — 15.6 ppg. and 7.7 rpg. Despite being a star at BYU and an NBA Draft pick, Plaisted is probably most famous for the footage of his attractive WAG, Lacey (pic at left), that was shown at the 2008 Draft. Most recently he played in Croatia for KK Zadar.
Love averaged 11.8 points as a senior at Xavier and was vital to the NCAA Tournament success of that program over the last several years.
Brooks averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assist per game last year for the Owls. He had a season high 29 points vs. UMass back in January. According to several reports, he was very impressive in two predraftworkouts with the Sixers.
Goodridge a Brooklyn native who transferred to LaSalle after two seasons at Mississippi State hit for 6.7 points and 5.9 rips in his one season of play for the Explorers.
This group of five will join Sixers 2010 first-round draft choice Evan Turner, along with Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks and Mo Speights on the Sixers OPSL squad.
You can see the 76ers full roster as well as all the rosters for teams entered in the 2010 OPSL by clicking here.
Philadunkia Notes :
- We’re a little shocked that starting point guard Jrue Holiday is on the Sixers OPSL roster. We realize it is important that Holiday and Evan Turner play as many minutes together as possible before the atart of the 2010-11 season, but the risk-reward payoff in the OPSL is not worth it. Holiday more then held his own against elite NBA point guards this past season and thus the competition in Orlando should not present a real challenge to him. So we question how much he will get out of this week of play in O-town and whether it is worth risking the chance of an injury.
- We’ll be very interested to see what type of shape Mo Speights is in when he arrives in Orlando. Thanks to a string of injuries last season, Speights’ fitness level fell way off at the end of the 2009-10 season and he looked significantly overweight. Hopefully Mo has been working on his game and working out with a trainer, but we’ll be keeping an eye on Mo to see if he has been at the gym or at the buffet table.
- We were a little surprised that former Temple star Dionte Christmas was not selected for the Sixers OPSL roster. The 76ers were really high on Christmas during the 2009 OPSL and training camp, but eventually cut by the shooting guard back in October of 2009. He then went on to have a solid year in Israel playing for Hapoel Afula of the Israeli Premier League. Christmas averaged 19.5 ppg. to go along with 2.9 apg. and shot 55.6% from the field and 35.6% from behind the arc for Hapoel Afula.
Sixers 2010 OPSL Schedule (RDV Sportsplex)
Mon., July 5 @ 7 p.m. vs. New Jersey
Tue., July 6 @ 5 p.m. vs. Boston
Wed., July 7 @ 3 p.m. vs. Oklahoma City
Thu., July 8 @ 7 p.m. vs. Charlotte
Fri., July 9 @ 10 a.m. vs. Utah