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T&T double NBA prospects! - Oct 18, 2018

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7' Center Johnny Hamilton will play in the NBA G League for Detroit Pistons development team, Grand Rapids Drive. On October 12, Pistons announced in a press release that Hamilton was waived from their roster which was reduced to 18 players, including a pair on two-way contracts.

Hamilton, who was undrafted out of the University of Texas-Arlington, played for the Pistons for in the 2018 Summer League and earned a training camp invite from the team. However, it was always likely that the seven-footer would end up as an affiliate player for the Grand Rapids.

On October 5, Hamilton had a productive NBA preseason debut for Pistons against San Antonio Spurs. Johnny tallied 6pts, 3rebs & 1bkl in 6mins court time and even had fans shouting 'Way to go Hamilton' every time he scored.

Meanwhile another player with T&T heritage will be playing in the NBA. The Denver Nuggets signed 6'5 wing DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell to a two-way deal. The Nuggets roster is now set at 17, with DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell being one of their two-way contracts.

Akoon-Purcell was outstanding for the Nuggets' summer league team. He is a lethal offensive weapon and can score in numerous situations whether catch & shoot or in transition. In Denver's opening win over Minnesota, Coach Jordi Fernandez lauded Akoon-Purcell for his activity and communication on the floor. In a breakout effort over Boston, he compiled three steals and 19 points - including a strong finish at the rim that caused Nuggets coach Michael Malone to peek over the elevated press seats on the baseline to praise Akoon-Purcell's aggressive style. While starting in place of an injured Malik Beasley in their victory over Milwaukee, Akoon-Purcell went 3-of-4 from 3-point distance and finished with 18 points.

From a G League perspective, he will be a pretty solid player for any team.

As a pro, Akoon-Purcell was the top scorer and MVP of the Danish Basketligaen League in 2017 and won his second consecutive championship earlier this year.


NBFTT elects Female President! - 12 days ago
History was created as Claire Mitchell became the first female to be duly elected as the President of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) for the term 2019-2023. She defeated her only challenger, Mario Davis, 12-10 at the NBFTT AGM on Saturday. Mitchell was previously the General Secretary and acted as the Interim President of the NBFTT since the resignation of Garvin Warwick in 2016. The new executives elected are: 1.Rachel Dick - General Secretary 2.Ki...   [read more]

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Wetterbygden inks Kyle Rowley - 13 days ago
KYLE ROWLEY Wetterbygden Stars Huskvarna (Basketligan) signed 28-year old Trinidad and Tobago ex-international center Kyle Rowley (212-120kg-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Duran International). He started the season at Urunday Universitario in Uruguayan LUB league. In two games he had 5.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Rowley played at Castello (LEB Gold) in league where in 37 games he recorded 10.4ppg and 7.8rpg. The list of the past achievements is qui...   [read more]

Hapoel Tel Aviv tabs Devaughn Akoon-Purcell - 1 month ago
DEVAUGHN AKOON-PURCELL Hapoel SP Tel-Aviv (Winner League) inked 25-year old American (has also Trinidad and Tobago passport) shooting guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93kg-93, college: Illinois State). He started the season at Denver Nuggets in the NBA. But in 7 games he averaged just 1.0ppg this season. The last season Akoon-Purcell played at Bakken (Ligaen) in league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on differen...   [read more]

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