Grizzlies Have Local Flavor on Rookie-Free Agent Camp Roster

For many aspiring basketball stars, the road to the NBA can often be a long and winding one.

Unless you're a prized draft pick, making it as a Free Agent, or more specifically, a professional walk-on, is the only recourse..

The Memphis Grizzlies open their Rookie-Free Agent camp Wednesday, and look who's on the roster.

Former University of Memphis Tiger Billy Richmond gets a tryout with his hometown NBA team.

The 6'5", 210 pound guard out of Hamilton High School was never at a loss for words, teams, or shot attempts.

He transferred to the Tigers after signing with Vanderbilt out of High School.

An up and down career with the U of M ended in 2003 for basically the same reason he left Vandy... Richmond and the Head Coach couldn't quite see eye to eye.

He then transferred to a small school in Missouri before winding up with a brief stint at LeMoyne-Owen.

There was never any question about Richmonds' talent, let's hope his Maturity catches up to it.

Also named to the Grizz Rookie Camp Roster, former Tiger Reserve Forward Waki Williams.

Williams was among the last group of players to workout in the teams' Pre-Draft camp last Tuesday.

Williams recognizes his making the Summer League Team is a long shot.

Williams says, <'For me to get this opportunity is a real blessing. For me to not have played as much this year. I just need to go out there and prove myself again.'>

Former South Carolina star Carlos Powell, a 6'7" forward who was the MVP of the 2005 N-I-T, and his Gamecock Teammate Tarence Kinsey, a 6'6'" Guard who hit the game winning 3-point shot at the buzzer to win the tournament over St. Josephs', are also on the Grizz Rookie Free Agent Camp Roster.

Draft Picks Tyler Lowry, the point guard from Villanova taken with the 24th selection in the first round, and Florida State Big Man Anthony Johnson, taken 42nd overall, are included.

As expected, all three of the Grizzlies second year players will be in camp.

Power forwards Hakim Warrick and Lawrence point guard Anthony Roberson.

The Camp runs Wednesday through Friday at FedExForum.

The Final team will open play in the L.A. Summer League Saturday night against the Lakers.