Six Players Added to Long Beach Jam Roster
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2004) - The American Basketball Association (ABA) Long Beach Jam franchise have signed several key players to help its bid to repeat as league champions. Joining Head Coach Nate Tiny Achibalds team are: Randy White Chocolate Gill (Bowie St. 01); Ramel Curry (Cal St. Bakersfield 02); Ben Adams (New Orleans 01); Damion Dantzler (Louisville 98); Maurice Spillers (Utah St. 96); and Joe Buck (USC 04).
The team is going to put on an unforgettable show for the fans every game because we have assembled the makings of another championship club, Jam President Steve Chase said.
Gill played with the Jam toward the end of last season and quickly became a fan favorite because of his mesmerizing passes. In his best outing, he scored 12 points against the Las Vegas Rattlers on Feb. 27, 2004. Gill made a name for himself touring the United States and playing in Street Ball Association exhibition games, being featured on MTVs Magic Johnson Whos Got Game, as well as ESPNs Block Party and Street Ball.
Curry played with the Tijuana Diablos of the ABA last season. On Dec. 21, 2003, he scored 31 points, seven assists, and six rebounds against Jam. On Feb. 15, 2004, Curry torched the Jam for 34 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. In his senior season at Cal St. Bakersfield, the California Collegiate Athletic Association named Curry the mens basketball Player of the Year.
Adams spent last season with the Diablos. In a Dec. 21, 2003, contest at the Pyramid, Adams scored 19 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds. He followed that performance with a 30-point, seven-assist outing Dec. 26, 2003, against the Jam. In his senior season at New Orleans, Adams lead the team in assists (108), steals (62), and three-point percentage (.475).
Dantzler scored nine points in his best game with the Jam last season on Feb. 27, 2004, against the Las Vegas Rattlers. In 14 games with the A.B.A.s Fresno Heat Wave, Dantzler averaged 19 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during 2003.
This past summer, Spillers played in the Summer Pro League in Long Beach. Last season, he played for the Diablos and nabbed seven rebounds against the Jam on Feb. 15, 2004.
Buck, walked on and played forward at U.S.C. The Southern California native graduated from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, Calif.
The Jam season opener is Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Pyramid in Long Beach against the Orange County Crush. Individual game tickets are on sale now and available for purchase by visiting the Long Beach State Pyramid box office, or by phone at 562-985-4949 or 888-4-JAM-TIX.
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