The Canton Charge, powered by the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, have waived guard Chip Armelin, guard Chris Crawford, and guard Anthony Odunsi. Forward Jonathan Holmes has also accepted a buyout of his contract by FC Barcelona. With those moves, the Charge will have 10 active players and one inactive player on the opening day roster.
The roster consists of six returning players, three draft picks, one open tryout player and one affiliate player. Last season’s NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, Quinn Cook, highlights the list of returning players that include Mike Dunigan, Jon Horford, Justin Johnson, Kevin Olekaibe, and Mike Williams.
Eric Moreland was in training camp with the Cavaliers and came to Canton via the affiliate player rule. Local Kent State product Chris Evans made the roster after attending open tryouts in Canton. Three of the five players selected in the Charge’s 2016 draft class are on the opening day roster, including 19th overall selection Roosevelt Jones, fourth round pick Stedmon Lemon, and sixth round selection Trey Davis.
The Charge open the 2016-17 regular season on the road against the Grand Rapids Drive on Friday, November 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Below is the complete Charge opening day roster:
|2||G||Quinn Cook||6-2||179||3/23/1993||Duke||Returning Player|
|12||G||Trey Davis||6-0||185||5/26/1993||Massachusetts||Draft – Round 6, Pick 129|
|17||F/C||Mike Dunigan||6-10||245||7/2/1989||Oregon||Returning Player|
|23||F||Chris Evans||6-8||220||1/29/1991||Kent State||Open Tryout|
|27||C||Jon Horford||6-10||245||10/16/1991||Florida||Returning Player|
|9||G||Justin Johnson||6-2||175||11/4/1988||Concordia||Returning Player|
|21||G/F||Roosevelt Jones||6-4||225||1/25/1993||Butler||Draft – Round 1, Pick 19|
|7||G||Stedmon Lemon||6-6||200||12/31/1992||Johnson C. Smith||Draft – Round 4, Pick 85|
|25||C||Eric Moreland (I)||6-10||218||12/24/1991||Oregon State||Affiliate Player|
|0||G||Kevin Olekaibe||6-2||180||1/28/1992||UNLV||Returning Player|
|10||G||Mike Williams||6-1||190||10/27/1991||Cal State Fullerton||Returning Player|
Head Coach – Nate Reinking (Kent State)
Assistant Coach – Melvin Ely (Fresno State)
Assistant Coach – Sam Jones (Northwood)
Coaching Seasonal Assistant – Tyler Neal (Akron)
Head Athletic Trainer – Josh Wiemels (Texas A&M Commerce)
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach – Tyler Lesher (New Mexico State)
The 2016-17 Canton Charge Home Opener presented by Kenda Tires is set for Saturday, November 12th against the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) at 7:00 p.m.! Get locked in as a member of Charge Nation for the 2016-17 season to reserve the best seats to catch all the excitement and gives you a host of benefits that start immediately! For Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to www.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944.
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 Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.