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Springfield Armor start replenishing roster

Jared Wickerham

Milton Lee, Bob MacKinnon and Chris Carrawell will be in Springfield Friday night for the annual D-League draft, an eight round affair that's held by conference call. The Armor, unless they make a trade, have the #14 pick in the first round. The Armor will select 14th in each of the eight rounds of the draft, and will also have the 13th pick in the second round because of a trade last year.

As the picks are made, MacKinnon announces them to season ticket holders at a downtown Springfield hotel. The draft pool includes former NBA players, including those cut this week; international professional players; undrafted college players, NBA D-League veterans whose rights are not held by other D-League teams and National Tryout players.

The Armor announced their training camp roster on Thursday, which includes Carleton Scott and James Mays, cut by the Nets last week. Others on the camp roster include two returning Armor players from last season: Jamar Brown and Jonathan Thomas. Also, the Armor invited two players they found at open tryouts.

Carleton Scott: Scott (6-8, 218, Notre Dame) joins the Armor as an Affiliate Player, having attended the Brooklyn Nets 2012 training camp. Scott totaled nine points and 10 rebounds with three blocks in 51 minutes over three preseason contests with the Nets. He was also a member of the Nets entry in the Orlando Summer League, averaging 8.0 ppg and 5.4 rpg. Scott, 24, spent the 2011-12 season with the UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights of Austria’s A Bundesliga, where he averaged 13.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg.

James Mays: Mays (6-8, 230, Clemson) joins the Armor as an affiliate player, having attended the Brooklyn Nets 2012 training camp. Mays tallied six points and four rebounds over 24 minutes in two preseason games with the Nets. Mays was the second overall selection in the 2008 NBA D-League Draft by the Colorado 14ers and played under current Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon during the 2008-09 season. He appeared in 12 games, averaging 18.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg before suffering a season-ending injury. Mays, 26, has also played professionally for the Shougang Beijing Ducks (China), Oyak Renault Bursa (Turkey), Mersin Buyuksehir Beldiyesi (Turkey) and Captanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico).

Chas McFarland: McFarland (7-0, 245, Wake Forest) rejoins the Armor after spending the 2011-12 season overseas. McFarland appeared in 26 games (21 starts) with the Armor during the 2010-11 season after being acquired from the NBA D-League’s available player pool, averaging 10.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg. McFarland, 26, spent last season with the Yokohama B-Corsairs of the Japan-BJ League and recently returned stateside after a stint with Bohemios of the Uruguay-LUB.

Jonathan Thomas: Thomas (6-6, 210, Marshall) was the Armor’s second round selection (21st overall) in the 2011 NBA D-League Draft. Thomas, 25, appeared in nine games (six starts), averaging 9.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg before suffering a season-ending foot injury.

Jamar Brown: Brown (6-10, 240, Colorado State-Pueblo) rejoins the Armor for the upcoming season. Brown was originally acquired in the sixth round (12th overall) in the 2009 NBA D-League Expansion Draft that was conducted when the Armor and Maine Red Claws joined the league. Brown appeared in 39 games (17 starts) during the 2011-12 season, averaging 5.6. ppg and 5.4 rpg. In 117 NBA D-League games, Brown, 32, holds career averages of 5.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg over three seasons with the Armor and Colorado 14ers.

Reginald Delk: Delk (6-4, 200, Louisville) earned an invite to the Armor’s 2012 training camp following the team’s open tryout in New Jersey in September. Delk spent the 2011-12 season with Vaerlose BBK in the Denmark-Ligaen, averaging 18.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 4.6 apg. He previously played for the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions of the Premier Basketball League (PBL) during the 2010-11 season, appearing in 16 games and averaging 10.9 ppg. Delk, 25, is the nephew of former NBA guard, Tony Delk.

Louie McCroskey: McCroskey (6-6, 210, Marist) earned an invite to the Armor’s 2012 training camp following the team’s open tryout in Springfield in October. McCroskey has spent time in the International Basketball League (IBL) and the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada. McCroskey, 27, began his collegiate career at Syracuse in 2003-04, playing under Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim for three years before finishing his collegiate career at Marist.

DeAndre Taylor: Taylor (6-4, 190, Northern Michigan) earned an invite to the Armor’s 2012 training camp following the team’s open tryout in New Jersey in September. Taylor, 23, spent three years at Northern Michigan (NCAA Division II), appearing in 26 games as a senior last season and averaging 14.1 ppg.

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