Downs lands with Claws

November, 1, 2012

Celtics camp cut Micah Downs was among eight players invited to attend training camp with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Downs is one of two affiliated players -- the other being Harvard 7-footer Brian Cusworth -- after attending camp with Boston.

The Claws also invited familiar faces in forward Chris Wright, guard Xavier Silas, and guard Chamberlain “Champ” Oguchi, while guard Farnold Degand, guard DaQuan Brooks and guard Raheem Singleton all earned a spot at tryouts.

Read on for bios on each of the invitees.

Chris Wright: Wright (6-8, 220, Dayton) was the Red Claws first round selection (3rd overall) in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft, appearing in just four games with the team before earning a GATORADE Call-Up from the Golden State Warriors. Wright, 24, appeared in 24 games with the Warriors during his rookie season. He was invited to training camp in 2012 by the Toronto Raptors.

Xavier Silas: Silas (6-5, 200, N. Illinois) was acquired by the Red Claws as an Affiliate Player from the Philadelphia 76ers after attending the Sixers’ 2011 training camp. He appeared in 40 games with the Red Claws, averaging 9.8 ppg, before earning a late season call up by Philadelphia where he appeared in two regular season and two playoff games for the 76ers. Despite suffering a serious facial injury while with the 76ers summer league team, Silas, 24, earned an invite to the 76ers’ 2012 training camp before rejoining Maine.

Champ Oguchi: Oguchi (6-6, 200, Illinois State) rejoins the Red Claws after a one-season absence, having spent the 2011-12 season playing overseas. Oguchi, 26, played in 38 games with the Red Claws in 2010-11, averaging 10.2 ppg. Oguchi caught the NBA’s eye this summer after an impressive appearance as a member of the 2012 Nigerian Olympic Team, including a 35-point performance in a loss to France, earning workout invites by several NBA teams, including the Miami Heat.

Micah Downs: Downs (6-8, 200, Gonzaga) joins the Red Claws as an Affiliate Player, having attended the Boston Celtics 2012 training camp. A transfer from Kansas, Downs spent three seasons with Gonzaga, appearing in 33 games as a senior and averaging 7.9 ppg. Described in scouting reports as “a fantastic leaper” who can “score at will”, Downs, 26, spent the last three seasons overseas with teams in Croatia, Belgium and Spain.

Brian Cusworth: Cusworth (7-0, 255, Harvard) joins the Red Claws as an Affiliate Player, having attended the Celtics 2012 training camp. A three-year starter for Harvard, Cusworth averaged 17.8 ppg for the Crimson as a senior. Cusworth, 28, has spent five seasons playing overseas, primarily in Estonia and Spain. His most decorated season came in 2007-08, when he was named the 2008 All-Estonia Player of the Year, Center of the Year and Import Player of the Year and was named to the All-Estonia First Team.

Farnold Degand: Degand (6-4, 170, NC State) earned an invite to the Red Claws’ 2012 training camp following an invite-only tryout held for Red Claws’ hopefuls by the Celtics in September. Degand, 24, enters his first pro season following three seasons with NC State. As a senior, he appeared in 29 games and averaged 5.5 ppg. Degand played for Team Kiev at the 2012 Summer League in Las Vegas, appearing in 4 games and averaging 9.0 ppg.

DaQuan Brooks: Brooks (5-10, 150, Western Connecticut State) earned an invite to the Red Claws’ 2012 training camp following an invite-only tryout for Red Claws’ hopefuls held by Celtics in September. Brooks scored a school record 2,269 career points at WestConn, shattering a record that had stood since 1967, and was a 2012 NCAA Div. III First Team All American and All-Star.

Raheem Singleton: Singleton (6-0, 180, Maine) earned an invite to the Red Claws’ 2012 training came following an invite-only tryout held for Red Claws’ hopefuls by the Celtics in September. Singleton spent two years at the UMaine, appearing in 29 games as a senior last season and averaging 7.8 ppg.

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