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Santa Cruz Warriors update: Training camp roster, D-League draft selections, Kiwi Gardner moves on

Saturday's D-League Draft brought the Santa Cruz Warriors new talent, while some players found new homes during the off-season.

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The Santa Cruz Warriors released their training camp roster yesterday with five returning players and three "affiliate players", who will join the D-League franchise after participating in the Golden State Warriors' training camp.

Xavier Henry, Chris Udofia, and Juwan Staten are the familiar names on the team as affiliate players while Darington Hobson, Milos Milisavljevic, Anthony Vereen, Daniel Nwaelele, and Moe Baker will be returning to the D-League squad.

In addition, the Warriors made seven selections during the 2015 NBA D-League Draft over the weekend. The draft was the fourth in Santa Cruz history.

Santa Cruz opts for size in D-League draft

It seems that the focus for the Santa Cruz Warriors during the 2015 D-League draft was size, as they went for bigs in the first two rounds and will be improving on their rim protection this upcoming season.

Jared Shaw was selected 18th overall by the Santa Cruz Warriors and went undrafted last year. From there, he went on to play for Mamak Belediye Ankara DSI of the Turkish Basketball League.

Justin Manns was the 37th overall pick and Ronnie Brewer was selected 30th overall by the Santa Cruz Warriors. Brewer was selected 14th overall by the Utah Jazz in 2006; he played for six different NBA clubs over the past nine seasons.

More on the Santa Cruz Warriors 2015 NBA D-League Draft Selections:

Jarred Shaw:

College- Utah State

Height- 6''10

Weight- 235

Hometown- Dallas, Texas

Position- Forward

Justin Manns

College- Kent State

Height- 6''11

Weight- 225

Hometown- Winston-Salem, NC

Position- Center

Verdell Jones III

College- Indiana

Height- 6''5

Weight- 195

Hometown- Champaign, IL

Position- Point Guard

Earnest Ross

College- University of Missouri

Height- 6''5

Weight- 228

Hometown- Cary, NC

Position- Point Guard

Brandon Wooley

College- NW Oklahoma State

Height- 6''3

Hometown- Austin, Texas

Position- Guard

Terrence Drisdom

College- Cal Poly-Pomonoa

Height- 6''5

Weight- 175

Hometown- Corona, California

Position- Guard

Ronnie Brewer:

College- Arkansas

Height- 6''7

Weight- 235

Hometown- Portland, Oregon

Position- Small forward

Santa Cruz trades for former NBA first rounder

The Santa Cruz Warriors then welcomed Daniel Orton to the roster from the Idaho Stampede in exchange for the rights of center Justin Manns.

Orton was drafted by Orlando Magic with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Head Coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors thinks Orton is "a proven center that can come in and change the way our team plays heading into the season."

Daniel Orton:

College- University Of Kentucky

Height- 6''10

Weight- 265

Position- Center

Kiwi Gardner says farewell

As of a couple weeks ago, Kiwi Gardner has signed for a team called Al-Ansar in the Saudi Premier League in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

In 2013, Gardner attended open tryouts for teams in the NBA Development League and was invited to the 2013 Santa Cruz Warriors training camp.

He made the team, and called Santa Cruz his home for two years.

While he is sad to leave his family and home, he is excited for what's to come in Saudi Arabia.

Full 2015-16 Santa Cruz Warriors training camp roster

First Last Position Height Weight School Acquired
Daniel Nwaelele G 6'5" 205 Air Force Returning Player
Verdell Jones III G 6'5" 195 Indiana University Draft Pick
Terrence Drisdom G 6'™5" 175 Cal Poly Pomona Draft Pick
Brandon Wooley G 6'3" 195 Northwestern Oklahoma State Draft Pick
Ronnie Brewer F 6'7" 235 Arkansas Draft Pick
Jarred Shaw F/C 6'10" 235 Utah State Draft Pick
Myron Dempsey F 6'™6" 225 Paul Quinn Local Tryout
Dior Lowhorn F 6'7" 230 San Francisco Local Tryout
Milos Milisavljevic G 6'4" 202 Serbia Returning Player
Darington Hobson G 6'™7" 207 University of New Mexico Returning Player
Chris Udofia F 6'6" 200 Denver Affiliate Rule
Xavier Henry G 6'™6" 220 Kansas Affiliate rule
Anthony Vereen F 6'6" 245 Texas-Arlington Returning Player
Maurice Baker G 6'1" 195 Oklahoma State Returning Player
Earnest Ross G 6'5" 223 Missouri Draft Pick

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