competing for final Wolves spot
Here are the five players, in alphabetical order, who are competing for the
12th and final spot on the Wolves' roster (listed with background info and a
comment on each from assistant coach Sidney Lowe):
Jason Collier Center. 7-0, 260. Georgia
Tech '00. • Case
for him: Is the biggest guy in camp, and starter Michael Olowokandi's
sore left knee could get Collier extra looks through preseason.
• Not in his favor: As brawny as he looks,
he's not known for banging inside.
• Lowe's comment: "Jason is a jump
shooter. He might not look it, but he's really more of a perimeter big
Forward/center. 6-10, 255. Tulsa '00.
• Case for him: Can play two spots, and has
seasoning of playing in three countries and four leagues since college.
• Not in his favor: Slim build, and his
rebounding numbers are modest.
• Lowe's comment: "Brandon is more athletic
than he might look. He's got some nice moves down in the post."
Forward/guard. 6-7, 215. Minnesota '99.
• Case for him: Most NBA experience (145
games) of this bunch. Good showing in Wolves' summer league.
• Not in his favor: Former Gopher was
first-round pick by Utah, a team that needs
young talent. But Jazz let him go after he averaged 4.0 points in 2001-02.
• Lowe's comment: "Quincy feels comfortable
being in a camp and playing against these guys. He's been with a good club,
so he understands how to play."
Point guard. 6-2, 188. Bowling Green '02.
• Case for him: Only point guard in camp
besides Sam Cassell and Troy Hudson, and many teams
• Not in his favor: Bowling Green didn't use many
sets, so Saunders' playbook is a challenge.
• Lowe's comment: "He's very good
defensively, quick, athletic. Offensively, he can really shoot the ball. He
handles it well enough to play that position."
Shooting guard. 6-5, 220. Wisconsin '03.
• Case for him: Four years in college a plus,
as was his three-point shooting at summer league.
• Not in his favor: He and Ndudi
Ebi are only players in camp without pro
• Lowe's comment: "Kirk's trying to learn
now how to get that shot off against guys who are quicker, longer and
understand how to play."