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Here's Hoping MAC Presence In The NBA Triples

In the last couple of years the MAC's NBA presence has mostly consisted of Chris Kaman — and fortunately he's been a serviceable-enough center for the Clippers that we can even call him "All Star NBA Center And Former CMU Star Chris Kaman." It's a long moniker but it's totally accurate.

This year however the conference is poised to see two more players join its ranks; one a familiar face, and one a standout player from last year.

First up, Keith McLeod was a star at BGSU last decade, winning the 2002 MAC Player of the Year honors. Now at 32 years of age he was invited to the Utah Jazz training camp but hasn't seen an NBA jersey since a 2007 Pacers outfit. Most recently he's been with the NBDL's Canton Charge after a one-year stint in Greece. Looks like he's fighting with another former Pacer, Jamaal Tinsley, for playing time.

And then there's Xavier Silas. Yes, the star of that painful NIU team last season was admittedly enough of a talent to justify the ballhogginess. Had he had other viable teammates around him he wouldn't have had to take every freaking shot. His approach, demeanor and skills earned him a tryout at the Philadelphia 76ers training camp. This invited was extended right after the NBA Draft right before the lockout so it didn't manifest itself until right now. SBN Philly's Derek Bodner believes that Silas is the favorite for the final roster spot.

The following are in the NBA's D-League, all either named Kent or went to Kent, but not both:

Anthony Kent (Ball State 2004-06): Maine Red Claws
Anthony Simpson (Kent State 2008-10): Iowa Energy
Tyrone Kent (Toledo 2005-09): Canton Charge

There's also a slew of former players in various semi-pro leagues and European entities. Not enough time to get to them all. Possibly.