BayRunners set up camp at Coppin

Brockington among 30 to attend pre-draft event held by IBL team

July 09, 1999|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Antoine Brockington, who knows his way around the Coppin Center court, is among the 30 players to register for the pre-draft camp the Baltimore BayRunners of the International Basketball League will conduct at Coppin State today through Sunday.

Only Sunday's 3 p.m. all-star game is open to the public, free of charge.

Brockington, who completed a stellar Coppin career in 1998, is expected to be among the most accomplished players at the camp, where prospects hope to impress management of the BayRunners and the IBL, the Baltimore-headquartered league that will begin play in November. Its initial draft will be held July 19 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.

"We're in a unique situation, since we're drafting an entire league," said George Blaney, the IBL's vice president of basketball operations. "As a result, our inaugural draft will require 24 rounds."

With a base salary scale from $20,000 to $100,000, the eight-team IBL aspires to take the place of the Continental Basketball Association as the second-best league in the United States, a steppingstone to the NBA.

The IBL held a similar pre-draft camp at Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, when Jason Kimborough (Western Michigan), Kevin Worley (Canisius) and Tarron Richardson (Lincoln) were among the standouts.

The BayRunners, who will play at the Baltimore Arena, made Rodney Elliott their first territorial selection, but the forward out of Dunbar High and Maryland hopes to make an NBA team after spending last season in Belgium.

Pub Date: 7/09/99

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