Saturday, July 3, 1999
commit to Big
Draftee MacCulloch and veteranBy Pat Bigold
Dampier are the latest
This summer's Pete Newell Big Man Camp has received commitments from 15 pro players, but that figure is expected to double in the next week or so.
Only 18 pros attended last year's camp, which was affected by the NBA lockout. But when workouts begin Aug. 16 at the Kamehameha Schools' Kekuhaupi'o Gym, as many as 30 could be on the floor.
Among the latest to enroll is recent second-round NBA draft pick Todd MacCulloch, a 7-0, 280-pound center from Washington who was drafted 47th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Other recent NBA enrollees are Erick Dampier, a 6-11, 265-pound center out of Mississippi State who averaged 8.8 points for Golden State, and two members of the Seattle Supersonics - Jelani McCoy, a 6-10, 245-pound center out of UCLA who averaged 5.1 points last season, and Rashard Lewis, a 6-10, 215-pound guard who averaged 2.4 points.
The Warriors have the most representation at the camp with four players: Dampier, 6-9 Antawn Jamison, 6-8 Jason Caffey, and 6-10 Adonal Foyle.
Among the 32 collegians enrolled are 7-0 Jake Voskuhl of NCAA champion Connecticut, Kentucky's Jules Cambra and Jamal Magloire (both 6-10), and Auburn's 7-0 Mamadou N'Diaye.
Five of the collegians who participated in the 1998 camp at Kamehameha were taken in Wednesday's draft, according to Hawaii coordinator Merv Lopes.
In the first round, Jeff Foster (Southwest Texas State) was taken 21st by Golden State and Jumaine Jones (Georgia) was picked 27th by Atlanta. In the second round, Evan Eschmeyer (Northwestern) was taken 34th by New Jersey, A.J. Bramlett (Arizona) was taken 39th by Cleveland and Tim Young (Stanford) was picked 56th by Golden State.
None of them has enrolled for the 1999 camp.