Terrence Crawford, 25, 6'6", SF, played with the Nets' D-League affiliate, the Colorado 14ers, where he averaged 6.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg. A good defender who can run the floor but who has little offensive game. Played at Oklahoma State where he was injury prone, then in Uruguay and Italy. In keeping with this year's theme of smart players, an Academic All-Big 12 selection. Nephew of former NBA player Tony Farmer.
James Cripe, 23, 7'0", C, played at Northern Kentucky, where he averaged 7.8 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Sean Williams' workout partner at John Lucas camp in Houston, he impressed Net brass enough to give him a summer league gig. Played first at Dayton, where he graduated in three years with a degree in communications. He then moved to Northern Kentucky, where he pursued his masters in communications.
Josh Davis, 26, 6'8", PF, who played with Dynamo Moscow in the Russian League, where he averaged 10.6 ppg and 8.1 rpg. A banger who can block shots and hit the three, the Nets will be the 11th NBA team he has either tried out with or played for. He has played 52 games for five NBA teams, 42 with the Sixers in 2004-05 and a handful of games with the Hawks, Bucks, Rockets and Suns. He has also had tryouts with the Magic, Pacers, Trailblazers, Timberwolves, Bulls and Nuggets. He has played in Italy and the CBA where he was both All-CBA Newcomer of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Undrafted out of Wyoming.
Robert Hite, 23, 6'2", SG, who played with the Heat and Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League. An explosive guard who can also shoot long range. Was averaging 4.3 ppg in 12 games as a rookie early in the season when he was arrested for DUI. The Heat sent him to the D-League after the arrest, then all charges were dropped when it was determined breathalyzer tests were misread. Averaged 14.5 ppg in the D-League. Undrafted out of University of Miami.
Brandon Hunter, 26, 6'7", PF, who played with TDshop.it Livorno in the Italian League, putting up solid numbers--14.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg--for the worst team in Leg A Basket. An extremely strong player with good post moves, but limited range. A poor foul shooter. Drafted out of Ohio University by the Celtics in the second round in 2003, he has played 67 NBA games with the Celtics and Magic--most of anyone on the roster other than Marcus Williams. Had tryouts with the Rockets and the Cavs. Also had stints in the Greek League and CBA.
Mike Jones, 23, 6'5" SG, who played for the University of Maryland, averaging 13.8 ppg on 44.0% from beyond the arc. A late addition to the Nets' roster, replacing Matt Walsh who decided to play for the Cavs' summer league team instead. A high school All-American in Massachusetts. A sharpshooter whose other skills never seemed to develop at Maryland. A great spot-up shooter who can find the open space on the floor and fire away. Played with summer league teammate Jamaal Tatum in the Portsmouth Invitational in April.
James May, 26, 6'7", SG, played with the Dakota Wizards of the D-League. Solid shooter who averaged 15.8 ppg last season. Played at UNC-Greensboro for four years, ending with a 16.2 ppg average his senior year. Has had tryouts with the Spurs (twice), Nuggets, and Raptors. Played in Venezuela, Norway, Italy, and Greece. From Long Island, NY.
Tommy Smith, 26, 6'10", PF, who played with the Artland Dragons in the German League, averaging 7.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg. Tall, thin and athletic. A shot-blocker. Limited range and a poor foul shooter, unable to break 50% from the line. Drafted by the Bulls out of Arizona State, he failed to make the team. He played for both the Bulls and Bucks in summer leagues. Has had tryouts with the Suns. He has played the last three years overseas, in the Adriatic league, the German League, the Dominican League and the Philippines League.
Curtis Stinson, 24, 6'2" SG, who played with the Fort Worth Flyers, averaging 13 ppg. Known as a fierce defender who can handle the ball but not shoot from long range. Averaged better than 18 ppg at Iowa State, where he was freshman of the year in 2003-04, then faded. Had a tryout with the Warriors, and played in the Adriatic League.
Jamaal Tatum, 21, 6'2", PG, who played for Southern Illinois University, where he averaged 15.2 ppg and gained a reputation as a great defender. Shot 40.8% beyond the arc. More of a combo guard whose lack of court vision hurt his draft chances. He led the Salukis to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, scoring 17 points in the second half against Kansas. An on-court and off-court leader, he was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as a member of the NCAA Academic All-American team. His mother and father are educators. Undrafted, Tatum was generally regarded as one of the two best players at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in April.
Nick VanderLaan, 27, 6'10", C-PF, who played last season for the Butte Daredevils in the CBA, the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League and Ricoh Manresa in the Spanish B League. He averaged 13.0 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 47 games at Butte, 12.6 ppg and 12.4 rpg in LA but only 3.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 7 games in Spain. A big, tough rebounder. Played at three different colleges: California, Virginia and Concordia-Irvine, where he was NAIA First Team All-America in 2003-04. He has had previous tryouts for the Suns and Warriors.