Sunday, August 26, 2007

Nwaelele to work out for Spurs

Recent Air Force graduate Danny Nwaelele’s NBA dreams aren’t dead.

I just spoke with J.R. Harris, Nwaelele’s agent, and Harris said Nwaelele has been asked to work out for the San Antonio Spurs Sept. 9-13. Harris said Nwaelele, who currently is stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, will be allowed to attend the workout.

“With Danny coming in this late, it’s always a good sign because it’s’ so close to veteran camp,” “Harris said.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is an Air Force grad, and Harris hopes that will work in Nwaelele’s favor.

No matter how well Nwaelele does at the workout, he still will have to find a way around Air Force’s new policy regarding early release from service commitment for jobs with potential recruiting benefits. A policy released early this year states an airman who wants to pursue a professional sports career “Must have served on active duty for at least 24 months.”


Anonymous said...

Best of luck to Danny. What a great player and person! If he could become a part of the Spurs organization, imagine what that would do for the face of AF basketball, and for overall recruiting for the AF Academy! With Popovich at the helm, and former NBA great David Robinson having been a Spur and service academy grad, it sounds like the perfect fit. If there is serious interest in him, I would expect that the AF would have to take a serious look at the policy, and consider an exception.

jake.schaller said...

Possibly. Danny and Jake Burtschi both tried to get exceptions to the rule so they could play overseas (both were offered contracts). But there doesn't seem to be much recruiting benefit to that. Now playing in the NBA? That's a different story.

Anonymous said...

I don't see it happening. Antoine Hood is buried deep in the D-league.