Three players were unable to participate at the camp. In addition to Pops, Tarick Johnson was delayed because of a family matter while Joel Freeland, a first round draft pick in 2006 by the Portland Trail Blazers who competed on Portland's summer league team in Las Vegas this month, is working to make the team this year. He didn't in 2006.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who averaged 8.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in Vegas, does not have a guaranteed contract with the Dallas Mavericks. He played in 12 games in 2006-07. Dallas must make a decision to sign or release Pops by August 31st, a situation that got more complicated when the Mavs signed LSU forward Brandon Bass to a two-year free agent contract. Bass played in 50 games for New Orleans the past two seasons.
Other Mavs in the boat with Mensah-Bonsu, according to media reports, are forwards Reyshawn Terry (Orlando's second round pick this year from North Carolina who was traded to Dallas) and Nick Fazekas (2007 second round pick from Nevada) and guard Jose Juan Barea (a free agent signee last year from Northeastern - yep a Coach Ron Everhart player).
Here's some more information on England's 20-man training camp roster:
|Player||Date||Pos.||College||Pro info (if applicable)
||Kieron Achara-- ||6-10, 240 ||F/C ||Duquesne ||grad student
||Robert Archibald-- ||6-11, 250 ||C ||Illinois ||Ukraine
||Mike Bernard ||6-9 ||C ||South Florida ||Italy
||Andy Betts ||7-1 250 ||C ||Long Beach State ||Spain
||Eric Boateng* ||6-10, 245 ||C ||Arizona State / Duke ||sophomore
||Flinder Boyd ||6-1 ||G ||Dartmouth ||Spain
||Luol Deng ||6-9 220 ||F/G ||Duke ||Chicago Bulls
||Joel Freeland+* ||6-10, 225 ||F ||None ||Spain
||Nick George ||6-6 205 ||F ||VCU ||Italy
||Steve Hansell* ||6-3, 207 ||G ||Illinois State ||unattached
||Chris Haslam* ||6-11 ||C ||Wyoming ||Czech Rep
||Roger Huggins* ||6-7 ||F ||Hawaii Pacific ||Belgium
||Tarick Johnson+* ||6-5 ||G/F ||Campbell ||Spain
||Julius Joseph* ||6-4 200 ||G ||Georgia College & State University ||Scotland
||Mike Lenzly ||6-3, 180 ||G ||Wofford ||Cyprus
||Pops Mensah-Bonsu+ ||6-9, 240 ||F ||George Washington ||Dallas Mavericks
||Richard Midgley ||6-3, 195 ||G ||California ||unattached
||Nate Reinking* ||6-0 ||G ||Kent State ||Belgium
||Chris Sanders* ||6-5, 255 ||F ||IUPUI ||Italy
||Andrew Sullivan*# ||6-7, 215 ||F ||Villanova ||Spain
+ did not attend camp
* member of 2006 team
-- Scottish players (all others from England)
And that Duquesne connection: the manager of British Performance Basketball is Ron Wuotila, the Dukes' Director of Men's Basketball Operations during the 2002-03 season.