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Hornets give Kalinoski a pre-draft tryout

Tyler Kalinoski shoots free throws with other players at the Charlotte Hornets pre-draft workout on June 9.
Tyler Kalinoski shoots free throws with other players at the Charlotte Hornets pre-draft workout on June 9. ddeaton@charlotteobserver.com

While the rest of Davidson’s men’s basketball team has been taking it easy during the off-season, Tyler Kalinoski has been busier than ever.

The soon-to-graduate guard has played in two collegiate all-star games, and has recently been making the rounds of the NBA’s pre-draft workouts.

Kalinoski’s latest workout came June 9, when he and five other players spent the day at the Charlotte Hornets’ practice facility at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

The 6-foot-4 guard was joined at the Hornets’ workout by Charlotte guard Pierria Henry, Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell, Texas-El Paso forward Vince Hunter, Nebraska guard Terran Petteway, and William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton.

“I think it went well,” Kalinoski said after the workout, which took place in front of the Hornets’ basketball operations staff, including head coach Steve Clifford and general manager Rich Cho.

“It was fun. We got to compete. I started out with some shooting, then did a lot of live (game situation) stuff. It was fun to get out there and show what I can do.”

The Hornets workout was the fourth that Kalinoski has gone through in a week. He visited with the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers before the Hornets, and had three more – with the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons – scheduled.

But the workout with the Hornets, less than a half hour’s drive from the Davidson campus, had a different feel than the other workouts, Kalinoski said.

“It was a little different,” Kalinoski said. “Traveling to these other workouts, you’re flying out, pretty much staying in a hotel for a couple hours, getting some sleep, then pretty much leaving. It was nice to have the day to relax, drive down here, spend the night in the hotel, then come to the gym in the morning. It’s been a lot more relaxed.”

While Kalinoski may not have his name called during the NBA Draft, scheduled for June 25, he believes there is a future for him as a pro – if not in the NBA, then elsewhere, such as in the European leagues.

“Coming out of college, I was just hoping to get a couple workouts to show people what I can do,” Kalinoski said. “To get the opportunity to have as many as I’ve had, and the ones going forward, is very exciting to me.

“My main goal right now, what I’m pushing towards, is the NBA. I’m open to the possibility about the D-League (NBA Developmental League) if a team thinks it’ll be good for me to do that. But if that’s not the best option for me, then I’ll definitely be willing to go to Europe.”

Osment 14th at NCAA championships

Davidson senior long-distance runner Erin Osment capped her career by finishing 14th in the women’s 10,000-meter run at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore.

Osment earned second-team All-American honors by finishing the event in 34 minutes, 14.25 seconds, setting a Wildcats record in the 10K for the third straight meet and fifth time this season.

Osment is the second Davidson track athlete to earn All-American honors, and the first since 2007, when Kristen Meister finished 11th in the high jump.

Anundsen to coach USTA collegiate team

Davidson women’s tennis coach Sara Anundsen was named one of four coaches for the United States Tennis Association’s Collegiate National Team, which will play at different professional tournaments over the summer.

Anundsen will be joined on the USTA team by Princeton head coach Laura Granville, Texas Christian head coach Lee Taylor Walker, and Columbia assistant coach Riza Zalameda.

In her first year as the Wildcats’ coach, Anundsen led the team to a 12-10 record – their most wins since 2010 – and 3-2 in Atlantic 10 play. That included a five-match winning streak to open the 2015 season, also the team’s best since 2010, and an 8-4 record at home.

Men’s track signs nine athletes

Davidson’s men’s track and field program has signed nine athletes – eight recent high school graduates and a college transfer student – for the 2015-2016 season.

Joining the Wildcats are thrower Brady Logan, hurdler Sean Caveney, pole vaulter Gram Davis, sprinter/hurdler Jalin Jackson, sprinters Cole Reynolds and Tommy May, and distance runners Dylan Carmack and William Jones. In addition, distance runner Will Brewster is transferring from Illinois, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Brewster, Carmack and Jones also will run on Davidson’s men’s crosscountry team.

“Brady, Sean and Will will make an immediate impact in the Atlantic 10,” associate head coach Renny Waldron said in a prepared release. “All of our incoming athletes are exceptional students who have displayed excellent leadership skills throughout their high school careers. We look forward to having them join our program and complimenting the returning group of student-athletes who are eager to start the season.”

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at bkisercltobs@gmail.com.

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