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.
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.
Warriors acquire 1st round pick in the 2016 Draft, 2nd round pick in 2015 Draft, & returning player rights to Kevin Jones from @Raptors905.— Santa Cruz Warriors (@DLeagueWarriors) October 31, 2015
In exchange, Santa Cruz sends a 2016 3rd round NBA D-League draft pick & the returning player rights to Ronald Roberts Jr. to @Raptors905.— Santa Cruz Warriors (@DLeagueWarriors) October 31, 2015
OFFICIAL: The Santa Cruz Warriors select Jarred Shaw with the 18th overall pick in the 2015 @nbadleague draft.— Santa Cruz Warriors (@DLeagueWarriors) October 31, 2015
More on the Santa Cruz Warriors 2015 NBA D-League Draft Selections:
College- Utah State
Hometown- Dallas, Texas
College- Kent State
Hometown- Winston-Salem, NC
Hometown- Champaign, IL
Position- Point Guard
College- University of Missouri
Hometown- Cary, NC
Position- Point Guard
College- NW Oklahoma State
Hometown- Austin, Texas
College- Cal Poly-Pomonoa
Hometown- Corona, California
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."
College- University Of Kentucky
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
|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|
|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|
|Darington||Hobson||G||6'7"||207||University of New Mexico||Returning Player|
|Maurice||Baker||G||6'1"||195||Oklahoma State||Returning Player|