Yogi Ferrell, waived Thursday by Brooklyn, was back in the Nets organization Saturday, joining the Long Island Nets in time to play in a 115-102 loss to the Maine Red Claws.
Ferrell, the 6-foot guard, is longer on Brooklyn’s tab, but is still seen as a development project for the big team.
Ferrell scored 21 points but it took 7-of-24 shooting to get him there. Playing alongside veteran pass-first PG Donnie McGrath, he handed out three assists. The 32-year-old McGrath, returning from an illness, wound up with 14 dimes.
Chris McCullough played 37 minutes, scoring 20 points on only slightly (7-of-22) better shooting. He’s now averaging close to 20 points, playing mostly center as well as power forward.
But the big story down on the farm is the success of Trahson Burrell, a 6’7” swingman who played power forward in college, but is excelling as a small forward and shooting guard. In the last seven games, Burrell has averaged 17.4 points, 10 assists and four assists. During that time, he’s had five double-doubles. On Saturday, he scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and shot an efficient 7-of-13.
J.J. Moore, the Rutgers product who’s alson come on lately, wound up with 19 and Beau Beech had 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep.
Long Island fell behind early and never really got that close to the Celtics’ affiliate. Marcus Georges-Hunt, a 6’5” shooting guard who played on the Nets summer league team, led Maine with 26 points, 10 assists and 9 boards.
He’s fast becoming the one that got away, at least on the D-League level. But he has nothing but good to say about Brooklyn.
“There’s a little extra push,” Georges-Hunt said of playing the Nets. “They have a great staff, the whole organization is great. They treated me well, first-class. I learned a lot.”
In his first game against Long Island in the home opener, Georges-Hunt registered the 11th triple double in Red Claws history, with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in a 114-98 victory.
Meanwhile, the Nets announced that only two home games will be open to the public through the end of January, the Westchester Knicks at 1:30 the day after Christmas and the Greensboro Swarm, at 7:30 p.m. on January 30.
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