BayHawks Complete Two Trades
Erie acquires Benson, Harper and Covington
Erie, Pennsylvania, Monday, November 5 - The Erie BayHawks have completed two separate trades today with the Reno Bighorns and Sioux Falls Skyforce. Following the completion of both deals, Erie has acquired Keith Benson, Nick Covington and Demonte Harper.
The BayHawks originally dealt three players to the Reno Bighorns in exchange for Mike Davis and Harper. In return for Reno's first and second round picks from last Friday's draft, the BayHawks sent first round pick Jack McClinton and second round pick Alex Ruoff as well as veteran guard Garrett Temple to the Bighorns.
Erie then shipped Davis to the Sioux Falls Skyforce for center Keith Benson and guard Nick Covington.
Benson (6-11, 230) saw action in 20 games for the Skyforce last season, averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Originally drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, Benson also spent time with the Golden State Warriors following his Gatorade Call-Up.
Covington (6-2, 200) averaged 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last season with the Iowa Energy and Skyforce.
Harper (6-4, 195) played collegiately for Morehead State University. As a senior, Harper averaged 16.0 points per game and left the Eagles program as the 15th highest scorer and 4th best assist man in the school's history.
Temple played with Erie during the 2010-11 season prior to spending the majority of last season with various NBA teams.
Both of Erie's newly acquired players are expected to be in town for the start of Erie's training camp on Saturday.
Updated Training Camp Roster:
Name G HT WT COLLEGE
Anderson, Ryan G 6-4 195 Nebraska
Baines, Tirrell F 6-6 220 Marshall
Bellfield, Oscar G 6-2 190 UNLV
Benson, Keith C 6-11 230 Oakland
Bowdry, Brandon F 6-6 230 Eastern Michigan
Cooke, Malik F 6-6 215 South Carolina
Covington, Nick G 6-2 200 Oklahoma City
Guyton, Carlton G 6-4 175 Kent State
Harper, Demonte G 6-4 195 Morehead State
Kennedy, D.J. G 6-6 215 St. John's
Lowe, LaMarcus F 6-11 220 Detroit Mercy
Moss, Ronnie G 6-2 195 Texas Wesleyan
Phillips, Marvin F 6-7 235 Claflin
Roberts, Donte F 6-9 220 Lewis-Clark
Sims, Henry C 6-10 245 Georgetown
Sumner, Danny F 6-7 225 William & Mary
Thompson, Mychel F 6-6 210 Pepperdine
Erie's regular season opener will take place on Friday, November 23 in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the BayHawks square off against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The BayHawks will begin their home season on Saturday, December 1 against division foe Canton. Full season tickets, mini plans and groups can be purchased by calling 814-790-5600.