Vermont Frost Heaves Final Training Camp Roster Includes Pair of Former Heaves
Barre, VT- The Vermont Frost Heaves are getting ready to kick off their 5th season when the team officially opens training camp on Monday, December 6, 2010 in Barre. The camp, which will bring in 18 players from all over the country, is scheduled to run through Friday morning, December 10 before the roster is trimmed down to 13 for the Heaves opening exhibition game in Saint John on Saturday the 11th.
Some familiar faces will be in camp next week as the team announced today that former Frost Heaves Bobby Shedd ('09-'10) and BJ Robertson ('06-'08) will be competing in camp. They'll join Markus Austin, Dwuan Rice, and Ross Demasi giving the team 5 players who have suited up for the Heaves in the past. "It's great we have so many familiar faces coming into camp. Guys, who have played here, understand the community, the fans, and what is expected when you play for this franchise" commented Head Coach Joe Salerno. "It should be extremely competitive."
Rounding out the final training camp roster is Sam Carey, Mike Anderson, James Tchana, Brandon McThay and Ray Canady.
Carey, a 6'8" power forward, is the second former Mill Rat who will be in attendance at the Frost Heaves camp. He played for Manchester in the 2007-2008 season before playing in a top division in Germany last year.
Anderson, a 7' center who played his collegiate ball at Lane College, led the PBL in blocked shots last season for the Maryland Green Hawks. Anderson is the 2nd 7 footer the Heaves have signed to training camp.
Tchana will also be competing for a spot in the Frost Heaves front court. The 6'8" 275lb power forward started his college career at Fresno State before finishing at CW Post, helping the Pioneers to a 30-1 record his senior season.
McThay, a 5'9" point guard from Deerfield Beach, Florida, is one of only three rookies who has been invited to training camp. He played his college ball at Division 1 Lamar University in Texas where he averaged 13.3 points and 4 assists per game as a senior.
"Both Brandon and James were invited and attended our tryout camp is Essex in October. Both played very well and earned an invite to camp" commented Salerno.
Canady, a 6'7" small forward, had a tremendous career at Valdosta State. Since then, he has gone on to play professionally in Germany, Syria, China, and Argentina. Last season he played in Australia where he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Gladstone Port City Power.
Players will arrive in Barre this weekend, with the team starting double sessions on Monday morning at the Barre Auditorium. The team will hold an inter-squad scrimmage which will be open to the public on Thursday afternoon, December 9 at 3pm. Fans will also have the chance to get their first look at this year's team on Monday December 13th when the team will host a "Meet, Greet & Eat with the Heaves" spaghetti dinner at the Canadian Club in Barre starting at 6:00pm. For more information on the dinner call 802-244-8087. The team will also attend the Montpelier vs. Spaulding High School Boys Basketball game on Tuesday, December 14, which will be played at the Heaves home arena, the Barre Auditorium. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7:00pm.
2010 Frost Heaves Training Camp Roster
Brandon McThay 5'9" PG Lamar University Deerfield Beach, FL
Dwuan Rice 5'9" PG Cal-Bakersfield Pasadena, CA
Brian Kortovich 6'2" PG Manhattan Harlem, NY
Andy Robinson 6'2" SG Buffalo Schenectady, NY
BJ Robertson 6'2" SG Saint Michaels Burlington, VT
Joe Jones 6'3" SG Edinboro University Erie, PA
Bilal Benn 6'5" SG Villanova/Niagara Philadelphia, PA
Dwight Brewington 6'5" SF Providence/Liberty Providence, RI
Bobby Shedd 6'5" SF Johnson State College Johnson, VT
Markus Austin 6'6" SF Eastern Michigan White Plains, NY
Ray Canady 6'7" SF Valdosta State Atlanta, GA
Ross Demasi 6'8" PF SW Minnesota State Swanton, VT
Sam Carey 6'8" PF Southern New Hampshire Manchester, NH
Mike Williams 6'8" PF Texas/Cincinnati Atlanta, GA
James Tchana 6'8" PF Fresno State/CW Post Long Island, NY
Lorenzo Davis 6'10" C Mountain Valley State Los Angeles, CA
Michael Anderson 7' C Lane College Baltimore, MD
James Smith 7' C Marist Westchester, NY
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