Claws' tryouts draw big players with big dreams. Among them is 6-foot guard Raheem Singleton, a UMaine grad who played two seasons for the Black Bears.
Sport: Red Claws
Posted: September 23rd, 2012 by Tom Nolette
By Kevin Thomas
WALTHAM, Mass. - They came, looking for a shot.
And if those trying out for the Maine Red Claws basketball team needed a reminder of their dreams, the walls surrounding them were covered with NBA Championship banners.
A group of 35 invited players showed up at the Boston Celtics Training Center to impress the Celtics and the new Red Claws coaching staff.
Under the Celtics' new agreements with the Red Claws, the Boston front office will pick the players for the NBA D-League team.
Maine's team will be comprised of some players from last year, some affiliated with the Celtics, others picked in the D-League's November draft and possibly some players trying out Saturday.
"I'm really pleased with the talent level," Red Claws Coach Mike Taylor said. "I think we'll get what we want out of this. There's definitely some prospects that could end up on the roster.