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Welcome Back, Ryan Minor Decides to Join Cavs

John Rohde Published: November 5, 1996

The Cavs made the 22-year-old Minor the 58th overall selection in this year's CBA Draft and, therefore, retained his rights for two years.

"I felt this was a good opportunity for me to go somewhere and play," Minor said. "I just thought this was the best chance for me to do something good for myself. This'll be fun."

However, Bergman promises it also will be hard work for Minor, who left as OU's sixth-leading scorer (1,946), becoming the first player in school history to amass 1,800 points, 700 rebounds and 150 steals for his career.

Expected to join the Cavs' ever-growing roster today is guard Gaylon Nickerson, last year's CBA Newcomer of the Year who averaged 20.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 37 games with Oklahoma City last season. Nickerson, who played collegiately at Northwestern State in Alva, was one of the last players cut from the Sacramento Kings' roster last week.

"There's already a lot of competition (at Minor's position), and it's not going to get any easier with Gaylon coming in," Bergman said.

On Wednesday, it's anticipated point guard Elmer Bennett will join the team. Bennett, a fifth-year player out of Notre Dame, averaged 18.4 points, 9.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 18 games for the Cavs last season before departing for overseas.

Also added to the roster Monday was rookie center Terrell Bell of Georgia. The 6-10, 240-pound Bell was selected in the second round (50th overall) by the Houston Rockets and was the Cavs' top draft choice in the CBA draft. The Rockets released Bell last week.

The addition of Nickerson and Bennett would give the Cavs 19 players on their training camp roster, one more than the maximum allowed under league rules. At least one player is expected to be cut today. The final 10-man roster must be determined by Nov. 13.

The Cavalry opens its season against the defending CBA champion Sioux Falls Skyforce on Nov. 15 inside the Myriad. Single-game tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at the Myriad box office.

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