CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Franklin Edwards, a member of the Philadelphia 76ers 1983 championship team, is scheduled to be among 22 players attending a tryout camp for the NBA expansion Charlotte Hornets next week.
The camp, May 23-26, will be conducted by Hornets Director of Player Personnel Gene Littles. Providing coaching services will be Hornets scouts Tom Jorgenson, Bob Hill and Mike Pratt, and Gerald Olivers, who coached the Charleston (W.Va.) Gunners of the Continental Basketball Association.
Edwards, a 6-foot-1 guard, was a first-round draft choice of the 76ers out of Cleveland State in 1981.
'This will be the first step in examining players who are potential Charlotte Hornets on a first-hand basis,' Hornets General Manager Carl Scheer said. 'What we expect from this camp is to find some players to whom we might be able to extend an invitation to our rookie and free-agent camp later in the summer.
'Players like Franklin Edwards, who has several years of NBA experience, may be able to fit into our system.'
The camp will include physical examinations and two days of two-a-day tryout sessions.
Other players expected to participate are: Ennis Whately, 6-3, from Alabama who played with Mississipi of the CBA; Fred Cofield, 6-3, Oregon, Rockford; Anthony Bowie, 6-6, Oklahoma, Quad City; Ray Hall, 6-4, Canisius, Quad City; Kevin Gamble, 6-6, Iowa, Quad City; James Blackmon, 6-3, Kentucky, New Jersey.
Also, Mark Davis, 6-5, Old Dominion, Lacrosse; Leroy Combs, 6-8, Oklahoma State, Charleston; Jerome Henderson, 6-11, New Mexico, Pensacola; Anthony Jones, UNLV, Pensacola; McKinley Singleton, Alabama-Birmingham, Topeka; Steffond Johnson, 7-0, San Diego State, Wyoming; Doug Lee, Purdue, free agent.
Also, Jerome Batiste, 6-9, McNeese State, Topeka; Mike Williams, 6-8, Bradley, free agent; Clinton Smith, 6-7, Cleveland State, Golden State; Bill Martin, 6-7, Georgetown, Topeka; Michael Phelps, Alcorn State, Seattle; Steven Johnson, 6-3, College of Charleston, free agent; Anthony Tanner, 6-7, Davidson, free agent; Eddie Pope, 6-9, Southern Mississippi, free agent.