Friday, November 19, 1999

Eight Stuff players will be cut today

Enquirer contributor

        Cincinnati Stuff coach Joby Wright took advantage of his team's scrimmage Thursday night to evaluate talent before making eight cuts today to trim the team's roster down to the International Basketball League's 12-man limit.

        Though the Stuff can tinker with their roster — possibly bringing in new talent — until Wednesday, Stuff players were aware of the looming deadline heading into the scrimmage.

        “Nothing's clear-cut at this level,” Hamilton native and former Iowa Hawkeye Chris Kingsbury said. “I've been at both ends. All you can do is play hard.”

        With the addition of Michigan State's Daimon Beathea and the expected signings of Wayne Turner and Andre Riddick, both from Kentucky, the Stuff roster will have to be trimmed from 20 men today.

        Wright will have two more exhibition games as tests before the season begins next Friday. The Stuff still can make additions and subtractions to the roster they submit today.

        But the coach said Thursday's play helped him gauge his squad.

        “We're really excited about our core group of guys,” he said. “I'm looking forward to putting the final touches on this team.”

        The Maroon beat the White 85-67 in the 30-minute scrimmage, . part of an open house for Stuff fans.

        Artemius McClary led the Maroon with 14 points, and Kingsbury added 13. Alex Sanders led the White with 17, while Damon Flint scored 11.


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