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June 20, 2017

Nine Seattle Pro-Am players returning to Slam's 2017 roster

The Bellingham Slam's 2017 roster will have a slew of familiar faces this summer at the Seattle Pro-Am as nine players who competed for the Slam in 2016 return to the team.

It marks the least amount of roster turnover for the Slam between any two seasons ever since the organization was founded in 2005. The list of returning players includes:

  •  Guards Morris Anderson, Paul Hafford, Kyle Impero, Trazil Lane and Jacob Stevenson
  •  Forwards Tyler Amaya, Sterling Somers and Anye Turner
  •  Center Austin Bragg

Headlining the list is Turner, who led the Slam in scoring (20.2 points per game) and rebounding (10.5 per game) through the first half of the 2016 Pro-Am season before he was forced to leave the team after six games to join his professional club in Germany.

Amaya, Anderson and Hafford are three Pro-Am veterans who will once again be called upon offensively in 2017. The trio combined to average nearly 55 points scored per game last year, accounting for just over half of the Slam's total offensive output.

Stevenson, although a nine-year minor league veteran for the Slam, saw his very first action in the Pro-Am in 2016, averaging 16 points per game. Bragg played an important role for the team by picking up the slack upon Turner's mid-season departure. He scored 19 points in the Slam's quarter-final playoff victory which advanced the team to the Pro-Am's Final Four.

Impero saw limited action for the Slam in last year's Pro-Am after finishing his senior season at Western Washington, but was the team's most efficient shooter, connecting on just under 65 percent of his shots from the floor.

After an outstanding first season at Point Loma Nazarene where he won PacWest Conference Freshman of the Year honors, former Lynden Lions standout Somers will fill one of the Slam's two Pro-Am roster spots reserved for collegiate players. The second of those two spots will go to Lane, who competed for the Slam in 2016 as the team's lone high school representative and wrapped up a stellar multi-sport career with the Lummi Blackhawks this spring and will be heading to college this fall.

With a roster cap of 15 players, the Slam still has six more names to announce in the next 10 days to completely fill out this year's squad, including the name of an incoming prep senior who will replace Lane as the team's designated high school player at this year's Pro-Am.

The 2017 Seattle Pro-Am season tips off on Saturday, July 1 at Royal Brougham Pavilion in Seattle. A full schedule is expected to be released by the league later this week.

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