Cooper asks eight from minicamp to stay with Spirit

September 13, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Spirit coach Kenny Cooper liked what he saw of the talent during a three-day minicamp enough to invite two free agents and the team's draft choices to training camp early next month.

"There were some good players here," Cooper said after the 12-player minicamp ended yesterday with a scrimmage at the Baltimore Arena.

Based on their performances over the weekend, Cooper invited free agents Clark Brisson of Richmond, Va., and Terry Locklear of Patapsco High, Essex Community College and UMBC.

Draft choices who impressed Cooper included Tarik Walker of Good Counsel High in Wheaton and Virginia Tech; Pat Walsh of Wilmington, Del.; Rob Ukrop of Davidson College, where he was the leading scorer in NCAA Division I last year; Justin Head of Bethesda and Dartmouth; Shawn Boehmcke of Long Island and Loyola College, and territorial pick Lance Johnson of Towson State.

The Spirit also announced the signing of 1992-93 rookie stars Jason Dieter and Barry Stitz to two-year contracts to conduct clinics, make appearances, as well as play.

"This shows the club's commitment to local players," said Dieter, formerly of UMBC.

Said Stitz (Towson State): "It gives the club, as well as Jason and me, some stability. We both had good rookie seasons, and this is our reward."

Meanwhile, all of the Spirit's returning veterans have signed new contracts or renewed old ones except Steve Nichols, who is negotiating his.

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