Earlier this week, CSNNW.com’s Chris Haynes reported that the Portland Trail Blazers had waived Dee Bost, E.J. Singler, and Richard Howell, and that the trio will likely join the Idaho Stampede this season.
Now that training camp has officially wrapped up, DleagueDigest.com reached out to Idaho Stampede head coach Mike Peck, who was with the Blazers throughout training camp. Peck, who is entering his second season at the helm for Portland’s NBA D-League affiliate, spoke about each player, while also adding an interesting note regarding Dee Bost.
“Dee, E.J. and Richard were great throughout training camp in Portland. They worked hard and competed every day. They were well received and liked by the staff and team.” Peck said.
Last season, the Trail Blazers added a trio of training camp cuts (Justin Holiday, Coby Karl, and Dallas Lauderdale) as affiliate players to the Idaho Stampede. It seems likely that they will do the same with Bost, Singler, and Howell this season. Holiday received an NBA Call-Up after he appeared in 47 games for Idaho last season.
Dee Bost could develop into a special player under the guidance of Peck in Idaho, and there’s a lot to like about the Mississippi State alum. “Dee had a great camp. In my opinion, he proved that he can play at the NBA level. He showed good floor presence and poise with the ability to score and defend at the point position.” Peck commented.
According to Peck, Singler has some nice tools as well, “E.J. is what I refer to as a great utility player. He has a good feel and understanding of the game. He competes on every possession. He can do a little bit of everything…rebound, score, shoot and defend multiple positions.”
And finally, Peck shed light on Richard Howell, a player who Peck is familiar with after his Findlay Prep team beat Howell’s team (Wheeler GA) in the Marshall County Hoopfest earlier in his coaching career. “Richard is the epitome of a power forward. A strong, physical presence that is mobile and agile. He can mix it up inside, and step out and shoot the mid range jump shot. His strength and physicality allows him to effectively defend bigger opponents. He is also a very good rebounder.”
Peck has a well documented background in developing players, and before Peck became the head coach of the Idaho Stampede, he guided the aforementioned Findlay Prep team, which allowed him the opportunity to coach and compete against extremely talented players. One of which was Dee Bost, and Peck remembers Bost for very a specific reason.
“Dee handed me my first loss as a head coach. His senior year at Hargrave (2008) his team beat us (Findlay) in the National Prep School Championship game. Hargrave finished 33-0, and we finished 32-1.” Peck added.
If all three players land in Idaho to start the season, Peck’s experience with the trio in training camp will likely pay dividends for the Idaho Stampede as they start out the 2013-2014 season.