November 13, 2012

Champ Oguchi back in Maine, waiting for call

After a year overseas, Champ Oguchi returns to the Red Claws, hoping to entice an NBA team.

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Champ Oguchi’s performance for Nigeria in the Olympics earned him NBA tryouts with the Heat and Spurs, giving him renewed hope that his big chance will come soon.

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SEASON: Nov. 23 at Canton (Ohio) Charge, 7:30 p.m.

HOME: Nov. 30 vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders, 7 p.m. at Portland Expo

"Obviously Shelvin Mack is the featured point guard," Taylor said. "We're real excited to have him. And he played extremely well this morning. He impressed us all.

"Basically, with our backup point guard spot, you have four rookies battling it out. The competition will be very intense."

The four are fourth-round draft pick Cervante Burrell from Seattle University, and three who earned invitations through tryouts -- Raheem Singleton (University of Maine), DaQuan Brooks (Western Connecticut State) and Farnold Degand (North Carolina State).


JEREMIAH RIVERS failed his physical Sunday. Rivers, the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is recovering from surgeries on both ankles in February.

Rivers remained in Portland, but his status with the club has not been determined.

With Rivers not playing, Maine has 15 players. The roster must be down to 10 next week.


THE CELTICS were on the road Monday night in Chicago. When they settle back in New England, it's possible that at least one player -- center Fab Melo -- and maybe a second -- forward Kris Joseph -- could join the Red Claws.

"We're waiting for the call," Taylor said. "It's all according to the Celtics' time frame. We anticipate some (Celtics) players at some point in training camp."

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

Twitter: KevinThomasPPH


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