Nine Players Drawing Interest After International Workout

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Early Tuesday morning in Las Vegas a nine player group workout was conducted at Impact Las Vegas, showcasing Dominic McGuire, Andy Rautins, Sean Evans, Chris Smith, Paul Graham, Kyle Fogg, Paris Horne, Ike Azotam and Mustapha Farrakhan.

Representatives from 25 different European teams were in attendance to watch the workout along with teams from Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, Belgium and China. Contract offers are expected to be coming in shortly.

McGuire is a former second round pick of the Washington Wizards in 2007. The veteran forward spent time with seven different NBA teams and played in a total of 342 games. He spent last year in the NBA’s Development League, averaging 13.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 32 minutes a night while spending time with the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Tulsa 66ers.

Rautins was a 2010 second round pick of the New York Knicks. He spent time with the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder. Rautins spent the 2013-14 season with the Frankfurt Skyliners of the German Basketball League. He averaged 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting .424 from three (50-118).

Sean Evans, a 6’8 product of St. John’s, has been playing professionally since 2011 and played in 54 games in South Korea during the 2013-14 season with Anyang KGC. In the best year of his professional career, Evans put up 13 points and eight rebounds while shooting .533 from the field.

Smith, a 6’2 guard from Louisville who is the younger brother of New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, has also spent time with the Knicks. He put up eight points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23 games with Erie Bayhawks.

Graham, a 6’5 swingman, played collegiately at Florida Atlantic and has been playing internationally since 2009, spending time in Hungary, Poland and Romania. Last season with Anwil Wloclawek he averaged 11 points and 2.4 assists.

Fogg, a 6’2 point guard from Arizona, has spent time with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. He spent last year playing with Korisliiga in Finland, where he filled it up to the tune of 27 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists a night in 29 contests.

After playing four years at St. John’s, Horne has spent time overseas in Germany, Greece and most recently in Turkey. He played for Buyukcekmece, averaging 13.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and three assists in 32 games.

Azotam, a 6’7 forward, is coming off of a strong four year career at Quinnipiac. As a senior, he was one of a handful of players in college basketball to average a double-double, posting up 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. Azotam finished his career with over 1,600 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Farrakhan, a 6’4 guard, played spent his college career at Virginia. He’s been playing professionally since, spending his first few years in the D-League before making his international debut last season with the Melbourne Tigers of the NBL in Australia. In 15.9 minutes a night Farrakhan scored 6.1 points, making 46.6 percent of his attempts from inside the arc.

All nine are expected to make their decisions over where to play in the 2014-15 season in the coming weeks.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens, Compare.bet, The Sports Daily, 90min, and TopRatedCasinos.co.uk. His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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