Amida Brimah was a late addition to the San Antonio Spurs’ training camp roster. What do fans need to know about him?
The San Antonio Spurs revealed their 2017 training camp roster on Monday, with 19 players going into exhibition play. One surprising name on the team is center Amida Brimah, an undrafted free agent from the University of Connecticut. The six-foot-ten big man is the only pure center on the roster as Pau Gasol and Matt Costello are listed as forwards/centers.
Born in Accra, Ghana, Brimah played high school basketball at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll in Miami, Florida. After catching the eye of coach Kevin Ollie, he played college ball at the University of Connecticut and was a member of their 2013-14 National Championship team. During his college career, Brimah averaged 6.7 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. His best game came on Dec. 15, 2014, against Coppin State. Brimah scored 40 points and was a perfect 13-13 shooting from the field. After the championship season, he was named honorable mention for all American Athletic Conference.
After his college playing days, Brimah went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft and joined the Chicago Bulls in the Summer League. During Summer League play in Las Vegas, he only played in four games, averaging only nine minutes per game. He only scored two points and pulled in one rebound.
While Brimah certainly has a challenge ahead of him to make the Spurs final roster, he could find himself playing in the G-League for the Austin Spurs if they need to bring in another center. It is also not surprising for the team to take a chance on an international player. The Spurs’ success during the last two decades thrives on bringing in international talent. Look for Brimah to get a lot of playing time during the preseason, which starts on Tuesday, Oct. 2.