I’m more interested in this than 99.9 percent of the people who will read it, but, the Bulls G League franchise, the Windy City Bulls, released their 15-man training camp roster ahead of their season opener on Nov. 2
Last season, the Windy City Bulls were nice enough to credential me at three of their games, and between getting to interview Antonio Blakeney, having Cameron Payne deny my interview request, and meeting Bulls legendary beat writer Sam Smith, those games were quite the experience.
So, I’m going to try to make this article as entertaining as possible because I know most of you don’t get as pumped about the G League as I do. So, we’re going to skip mundane biographical details or scouting reports and instead I’m going to list one thing about each player that is cool/interesting/unique.
Brandon Wood: 6-foot-2-inch guard; Michigan State
If he ever makes the big leagues, he’s going to be Fred Hoiberg’s favorite.
I apologized for some mid range pull ups last season lol. Teams really be wanting 3’s or finishes in the paint!— Brandon Wood (@BrandonWood30) October 3, 2018
Karrington Ward: 6-foot-5-inch forward; Eastern Michigan
I just found out that George freaking Gervin attended Eastern Michigan. That has nothing to do with Ward, but when that question comes up on trivia night and you win $100 you’ll thank me.
Tyler Ulis: 5-foot-10-inch guard; Kentucky (Bulls 2-way contract)
Going into his freshman year of high school, Ulis was 5-foot-3-inches, 120 pounds. By senior year, he was a whopping 5-foot-9-inches, 145 pounds. Now he’s 5-foot-10-inches, 160 pounds.
Marvin Smith: 6-foot-6-inch forward; UNC-Greensboro
The multi-talented Marvin Smith reciting "Happy Birthday" to Coach Miller after practice today! pic.twitter.com/yBAotSE46S— UNCG Basketball (@UNCGBasketball) January 28, 2018
Jon Octeus; 6-foot-4-inch guard; Purdue
He’s very familiar with being on the right side of a poster and somebody was there to capture it on Vine (RIP).
Mychal Mulder; 6-foot-4-inch guard; Kentucky
Prior to transferring over to Kentucky, Mulder played JUCO at Vincennes University. There have been six players who made the NBA from this school: Eric Williams, Clarence “Foots” Walker, Bob McAdoo, Shaun Marion, Carl Landry, and Rickey Green.
Jameel McKay; 6-foot-8-inch forward; Iowa State
He was at Iowa State when both Hoiberg and current Windy City Bulls head coach Charlie Henry were there.
Tre’Darius McCallum; 6-foot-7-inch forward; DePaul
Yeah, so I’m a beat writer for DePaul basketball so I was very surprised/pleased when I saw that his name was on the roster.
David Laury III; 6-foot-9-inch forward; Iona
Awwwww... (I think he’s back left in the red hat).
Joe Kilgore; 6-foot-5-inch guard; Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Yo, dude got drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters.
Ferrakohn Hall; 6-foot-8-inch forward; Memphis
Apparently, he wore one sock backwards every game at Memphis.
Kaiser Gates; 6-foot-8-inch forward; Xavier
After averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season as a junior with Xavier, it was a huge surprise when he decided to turn pro. He was on the Bulls training camp roster this preseason.
James Matthew Fisher-Davis; 6-foot-5-inch guard; Vanderbilt
Liam Farley; 6-foot-5-inch guard ; Bowdoin
Bowdoin College is located in Brunswick, Maine and competes at the Division III level. Somehow it has 30 varsity sports and its mascot is the polar bears.
CJ Fair; 6-foot-8-inch forward; Syracuse
In 2016 and 2017, Fair played in The Basketball Tournament ($2 million prize) for a team consisting of Syracuse alumni named Boeheim’s Army.
Mike Amius; 6-foot-7-inch forward; Western Carolina
In the press release, the Windy City Bulls get his school wrong. He went to Western Carolina not Western California like it’s listed on the release. The University of Western California exists, but looks pretty sketchy.
Rawle Alkins; 6-foot-5-inch guard; Arizona (Bulls 2-way contract)
Great entrance at an Arizona preseason scrimmage in 2017.