CAN A RAM RUN WITH THE BOBCATS?

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Troy Daniels averaged 12.3 points per game and shot .403 (124-of-308) from 3-point range for VCU last season. He’s in training camp this fall with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Unless you’ve been maintaining radio silence since the end of last season, you know that Troy Daniels is in training camp with the Charlotte Bobcats this week. Like most undrafted free agents, Daniels will face an uphill battle in order to actually grab a roster spot. VCU fans justifiably want to know what kind of shot Daniels has of making the team. Let’s have a look.

Factor No. 1: Roster space.
NBA rosters consist of 13 active players, plus two inactive spots. The Bobcats currently have five guards – Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Ramon Sessions, Jannero Pargo and Ben Gordon – signed to guaranteed contracts.

bobcatsrosterWhile Charlotte could certainly choose to carry three shooting guards, don’t expect them to drop a point guard to free up the space, according to Bobcats’ beat writer Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS EVER THIS WEEK (OCT. 1)

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Happy Shak-tober, VCU fans. This month is good for many things, among them (in no particular order): foliage, NBA training camps, candy corn, postseason baseball, marzen, candy corn, Atlantic 10 Conference races and, finally, candy corn. How does VCU Athletics fit into all of this? I’m glad you asked, even if you didn’t.

RAMS IN CAMP
NBA training camps are underway, which means three former Rams are in action, each with a different task in front of them.

Troy Daniels is in Asheville, N.C. with the Charlotte “soon to be Hornets” Bobcats. Troy earned a camp invite after playing on the Bobcats’ summer league squad in Las Vegas. Now would be a good time to remind Michael Jordan that Charlotte was 27th in the NBA in 3-point shooting last year, and Troy Daniels (feel free to use the Around The Horns-approved #TreyD3 hashtag) hits threes in his sleep. If he was a dinosaur, Daniels would be a triceratops. If he was a TV station, he’d be ESPN3. If he was a stadium, he’d be Three Rivers.

Trust us, Daniels was born for this. We recently slowed down some film of Daniels shooting at training camp and captured his expression right at the moment he’s about to catch and shoot. Check it out:

Three, coming right up.

Three, coming right up.

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BOBCATS/HORNETS, SKEEN/DANIELS & STATS/STATS

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Former Ram Jamie Skeen scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over the D-League select team Saturday.

The NBA Summer League finished up for Troy Daniels, Jamie Skeen and the Charlotte Bobcats  last night in a 75-67 loss to the Golden State Warriors (and ODU alum Kent Bazemore) in a semifinal matchup. After neither Daniels or Skeen played much (or not at all) in the Bobcats first three games in Las Vegas, both former Rams got plenty of run in the final three. After posting a double-double Saturday, Skeen wasn’t able to knock down shots last night. Daniels fared better, scoring 13 points while knocking down 3-of-5 from three.

It’s hard to say if either showed enough to merit an invitation to training camp, but even if Charlotte declines, another team could step in. Both Daniels and Skeen had their moments; Daniels not only hit 42 percent of his threes in Vegas, but he even put the ball on the floor and got the the rim a couple of times. However, his 6-of-24 shooting from 2-point range could be a problem. Skeen, meanwhile, looked lighter and eager to shoot the three, but also rebounded the ball pretty well. If Skeen, whose biggest problem as it relates to the NBA is that he’s always been a bit of a power forward in a small forward’s body, was hoping to show teams he can play the three, I think he made a decent case.

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DANIELS SHOOTS FOR CHARLOTTE, VIA LAS VEGAS

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Troy Daniels, who hit 218 three-pointers the last two seasons, will play for the Charlotte Bobcats in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

Troy Daniels, who hit 218 three-pointers the last two seasons, will play for the Charlotte Bobcats in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

RICHMOND, Va. – Troy Daniels shuffled onto campus Friday a man at ease. Wearing a white t-shirt, basketball shorts and sandals, the former VCU sharpshooter met with reporters to discuss his NBA future, a future which will run through Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C. He appeared relaxed, and for good reason.

Daniels revealed Thursday night he’d signed a free agent deal with the Charlotte Bobcats. The Roanoke, Va. native will play for the Bobcats’ summer league squad in Las Vegas July 12-22. If Daniels performs well in Vegas, he can earn a training camp slot with the Bobcats. Daniels said his deal with Charlotte does allow for the possibility to play for another franchise in the Orlando Summer League July 7-12.

Thursday’s topsy-turvy NBA Draft was full of surprises, from the Cavaliers’ selection of UNLV’s Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall to David Stern’s mischievous crowd prodding. But Daniels’ evening was much predictable. While he held out hope that he’d be drafted, Daniels knew he could fall back on a standing agreement his agent had struck with Charlotte recently if he wasn’t.

In the days leading up to the draft, Daniels was confident a team would give him a shot, one way or another.

“I knew I would get my opportunity, I made the best of my first and second opportunities, and it just carried its weight over to these opportunities,” Daniels said. “Maybe a lot of people are surprised that I’m in the summer leagues and teams are really interested in me, but not me.”

Daniels, who averaged 12.3 points per game and hit a school-record 124 three-pointers this year, participated in workouts with a number of NBA teams in recent weeks, Houston, Indiana and Boston among them. He did not work out for Charlotte individually. Daniels was involved, however, in a predraft workout at Barclays Center that was said to include representatives of all 30 NBA franchises.

“My agent said they really, really liked me,” Daniels said. “They just didn’t have a second round pick, so that’s probably why it didn’t work out for them.”

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