The Canton Charge have finalized their coaching staff and training camp roster in preparation for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Head Coach Jordi Fernandez returns to Canton after a franchise-best 31-19 record last year and the team’s fourth consecutive playoff berth. The training camp roster consists of 16 players with various collegiate and professional experience assembled through the NBA Development League Draft, returning players, local open tryouts, and the affiliate player rule.
Assistant Coaches Mike Batiste and Nate Reinking return, while NBA veteran Damon Jones has been added to help support Coach Jordi this season. Also assisting the basketball staff will be Player Development/Video Coordinator Ben Resner, promoted from an assistant role last season, and Basketball Operations Assistant Steve Klei. Head Athletic Trainer Mike Gittinger returns for his fifth season and will be backed by newcomer Elbert Denina who will serve as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Three returning players will be back in Canton for training camp. Antoine Agudio has been with the franchise since its inaugural season, while Michael Dunigan and Kevin Olekaibe both will be back after being drafted by the Charge before the 2014-15 season.
Sir’Dominic Pointer was a second round choice in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and will be a protected player in Canton for this season. Quinn Cook, Nick Minnerath, and D.J. Stephens all participated in NBA training camp with the Cavs and were added to the Charge roster via the affiliate rule.
Four players earned invitations to training camp through the Canton’s local tryouts in last month, including Cleveland Benedictine graduate Cam Wright. Canton’s 15th overall selection in the D-League Draft, Antonio Barton, headlines the five players acquired on draft day.
Coaches will submit an opening day roster of 10 players on Thursday, November 12th as the Charge open the 2015-16 season at home against the Maine Red Claws on Saturday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Below is the complete Charge training camp roster:
G Antoine Agudio (6-3, 185, Hofstra) – Returning Player
G Antonio Barton (6-2, 215, Tennessee) – Draft – 1st (15th)
F Sampson Carter (6-7, 210, Massachusetts) – Draft – 5th (91st)
G JerShon Cobb (6-5, 208, Northwestern) – Open Tryouts
G Quinn Cook (6-2, 185, Duke) – Affiliate Player
G Dee Davis (6-0, 170, Xavier) – Open Tryouts
F/C Michael Dunigan (6-10, 245, Oregon) – Returning Player
C Moussa Gueye (7-0, 270, Valparaiso) – Open Tryouts
F Nick Minnerath (6-9, 215, Detroit-Mercy) – Affiliate Player
G Kevin Olekaibe (6-2, 180, UNLV) – Returning Player
G/F Sir’Dominic Pointer (6-7, 198, St. John’s) – Draft Rights (Cavs)
F Juvonte Reddic (6-9, 250, VCU) – Draft – 3rd (53rd)
G Joel Smith (6-4, 180, Northeastern) – Draft – 4th (72nd)
G/F D.J. Stephens (6-5, 188, Memphis) – Affiliate Player
G Michael Stockton (6-1, 178, Westminster) – Trade
G Cam Wright (6-5, 193, Pittsburgh) – Open Tryouts
The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
2015-16 single game tickets and Charge Nation Memberships are on sale now starting at just $8 per game! Premium Memberships are also available, which include courtside seating and dining access in the Courtside Club presented by Budweiser starting at just $40 per game! Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more, with Fan Experience Packages such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court! For 2015-16 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions, and up-to-date information, head to www.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944.
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