With less than two weeks until the Charlotte Bobcats open training camp at UNC Asheville, the team is firming up commitments for some extra players for camp.
Look for Jeff Adrien (Connecticut), Paris Horne (St. John’s), Josh Owens (Stanford) and DaJuan Summers (Georgetown) to be added to the roster. The Bobcats plan to bring 17 or more players to new coach Mike Dunlap’s first training camp.
Horne and Owens were both on the Bobcats’ summer-league team in Las Vegas. Adrien and Summers both have NBA experience. Some background:
• Adrien, a 6-7 forward, has spent part of the last two seasons in the NBA. He played 23 games with the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11 and eight games with the Houston Rockets last season. He averaged less than nine minutes in both situations, but seems to be a good rebounder per minutes played: Double-digit boards per 36 minutes.
• Horne, a 6-3 guard, played professionally in Germany last season. He’s the only backcourt player of the four.
• Owens, a 6-8 forward, averaged 11.6 points his senior season at Stanford. Over his four college seasons, he shot 57 percent from the field, but just 62 percent from the foul line.
• Summers, a 6-8 forward, has played 81 total NBA games over the past three seasons – the first two with the Detroit Pistons (who chose him in the second round) and last season with the New Orleans Hornets. He hasn’t shot well in the NBA (39 percent career), but he has some of the rugged qualities the Bobcats need in the frontcourt.