BayRunners to announce Elliott is in the fold

Former Terp becomes team's eighth player

October 25, 1999|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The BayRunners of the new International Basketball League will announce today the signing of former Maryland standout Rodney Elliott.

Elliott becomes the eighth player to sign with the team, which will also have former Towson State star Kurk Lee and Miami's Kevin Norris (Lake Clifton).

Elliott comes to the BayRunners after spending a year playing in Belgium.

"I'm from Baltimore and played at Maryland," Elliott said. "This gives me an opportunity to give thanks to all the people who have supported me my four years at Maryland and at Dunbar High School. The city of Baltimore has been great for me my whole basketball career. To have the opportunity to play professionally here is good both on and off the court."

Elliott, 6 feet 8, 220 pounds, played power forward for the Terps from 1994 to 1998, averaging 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior.

After earning first-team All-Metro selection after his senior season at Dunbar, Elliott chose to attend Maryland because of its location -- the same reason he chose to play for the BayRunners rather than overseas or in the Continental Basketball Association.

After finishing last season in Belgium, Elliott spent time this past summer at the Los Angeles Clippers' camp before returning to Baltimore.

"My plans this summer were to come home, work hard and try to make the NBA," Elliott said.

"Unfortunately, things didn't work out like that. With the BayRunners, the situation for me is to stay close to home and have a good opportunity to play.

"I talked to a lot of people about the IBL. We discussed all of the options."

Elliott said he has played with and against Lee, who also went to Dunbar, and Norris during the summer. He said having that connection will help when the BayRunners open training camp Nov. 4.

The team's first game will be Nov. 26 against Trenton at Baltimore Arena.

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