#FreeAgentFriday 5.1.15

 

Today we continue our weekly tradition: #FreeAgentFridays. Each Friday, TBT will examine people who appear in the Free Agent Pool and figure out why they’re interesting, whether they’re likely to get picked up, and we’ll give them a Curt Flood Rating, on a scale of 0-100, with 100 meaning they’re a totally unattached free agent. (If you don't know who Curt Flood, just know that he basically invented modern sports and lost his career in the process. CLICK HERE for more.)

 

NAME: Brian Williams
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: NCAA D1 Tournament
POSITION: C (6’10”)
CURT FLOOD RATING: 40. The former Tennessee Volunteer is a hot commodity less than 48 hours into his TBT career. He holds six offers! Six! He signed up 2 days ago! Just recently, Williams was named player of the week in the Professional Basketball League of Venezuela. The fact that he's received 6 offers and hasn't accepted any suggests that he could be actually on the market. 
STUFF YOU WON’T SEE ON HIS PROFILE: Was a member of a Tennessee team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in school history
VERIFICATION VIDEO RATING: Odd. The audio is in slow motion and doesn’t match the video. Regardless, he shows off his size and his ability to finish with the one-handed dunk, and that's all that really matters for teams looking for players.

DATE HE JOINED: 4/29/15
HOW MANY OFFERS HE HAS RECEIVED: 6
LAST TIME HE LOGGED IN: 4/30/15
CHANCES OF BEING PICKED UP: Guarantee

NAME: Rico Hill
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Euroleague
POSITION: PF (6’9”)
CURT FLOOD RATING: 0. Seems really unlikely that he won't be back with the Illinois Hoopville Warriors, who have extended an invitation to him.
STUFF YOU WON’T SEE ON HIS PROFILE: A former NBA Draft pick, Hill has been playing professional basketball since 1998, most recently with the Chicago Steam of the ABA. He was a teammate of current San Antonio Spur Matt Bonner in Italy. 
VERIFICATION VIDEO RATING: OK. While we’ll have to check to see if that hoop is regulation height, he does do everything required of the verification video.

DATE HE JOINED: 4/2/15
HOW MANY OFFERS HE HAS RECEIVED: 1
LAST TIME HE LOGGED IN: 4/29/15
CHANCES OF BEING PICKED UP: Lock. 

NAME: Billy Baptist
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Euroleague
POSITION:  SG (6’5”)
CURT FLOOD RATING: 10. Like Hill, he has an invitation to rejoin Hoopville. However, teams can come along and offer him if he remains in the Free Agent Pool. An athletic shooting guard who was named Nike's Chi League player of the summer, Baptist could be a hot commodity if he doesn't click ACCEPT soon. 
VERIFICATION VIDEO RATING: Fantastic. Anytime you use a pop-a-shot in your verification video it’s an A+

DATE HE JOINED: 4/27/2015
HOW MANY OFFERS HE HAS RECEIVED: 1
LAST TIME HE LOGGED IN: 4/29/15
CHANCES OF BEING PICKED UP: 100 percent

NAME: John Swords
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: NCAA D3
POSITION: C (7’0”)
CURT FLOOD RATING: 50. He was on the HBC roster almost from Day 1, signing on as the third member alongside former Bowdoin College teammate and HBC GM, Bryan Hurley and Bryan's brother, Chris. Back on the market, a guy with Swords' size will surely draw some interest. In fact, he already has another offer. HBC is in the top-5 in the crowded Northeast Region. HBC could easily be storing him in the Free Agent Pool to negotiate deals with some of the top available players.
STUFF YOU WON’T SEE ON HIS PROFILE: His sister, Caroyln, plays for the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.
VERIFICATION VIDEO RATING: Thumbs up. Always a plus when you see a two-handed, reverse slam.

DATE HE JOINED: 4/6/15
HOW MANY OFFERS HE HAS RECEIVED: 2
LAST TIME HE LOGGED IN: 4/7/15
CHANCES OF BEING PICKED UP: Will happen at some point. He’ll either end up back with HBC, or one team will add some size to their roster.

NAME: Aeneas Koosis
EXPERIENCE LEVEL:N/A
POSITION: C (6’3”)
CURT FLOOD RATING: 5. The undersized center has been linked to Eberlein Drive, but so have Craigen Oster and Matt Mitchell. Here we are five weeks in and all of them are still sitting in the Free Agent Pool. As the June 1 deadline draws near, we’ll get a better idea of what Jacob Hirschmann has planned. As of right now, Hirschmann is either planning the greatest worst to first story since Major League or is a mad scientist using Koosis, Mitchell, and the Osters as his guinea pigs. 
STUFF YOU WON’T SEE ON HIS PROFILE: Originally intended on being Eberlein Drive’s alien mascot in 2014. Ended up playing 19 minutes against Big Apple Basketball.
VERIFICATION VIDEO RATING: Iffy. Edits out his name and misses the first shot.

DATE HE JOINED: 4/10/15
HOW MANY OFFERS HE HAS RECEIVED: 0
LAST TIME HE LOGGED IN: 4/10/15
CHANCES OF BEING PICKED UP: Unknown

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