Charge Announce 2015-16 Coaching Staff & Training Camp Roster
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:
PLAYER POS HGT WGT BIRTHDATE SCHOOL ACQUIRED
Antoine Agudio G 3-Jun 185 1/20/1985 Hofstra Returning Player
Antonio Barton G 2-Jun 215 12/21/1991 Tennessee Draft - 1st (15th)
Sampson Carter F 7-Jun 210 9/11/1990 Massachusetts Draft - 5th (91st)
JerShon Cobb G 5-Jun 208 11/30/1991 Northwestern Open Tryouts
Quinn Cook G 2-Jun 185 3/23/1993 Duke Affiliate Player
Dee Davis G Jun-00 170 3/10/1993 Xavier Open Tryouts
Michael Dunigan F/C 10-Jun 245 7/2/1989 Oregon Returning Player
Moussa Gueye C Jul-00 270 12/14/1991 Valparaiso Open Tryouts
Nick Minnerath F 9-Jun 215 8/11/1989 Detroit-Mercy Affiliate Player
Kevin Olekaibe G 2-Jun 180 7/28/1992 UNLV Returning Player
Sir'Dominic Pointer G/F 7-Jun 198 5/6/1992 St. John's Draft Rights (Cavs)
Juvonte Reddic F 9-Jun 250 5/23/1992 VCU Draft - 3rd (53rd)
Joel Smith G 4-Jun 180 10/8/1990 Northeastern Draft - 4th (72nd)
D.J. Stephens G/F 5-Jun 188 12/19/1990 Memphis Affiliate Player
Michael Stockton G 1-Jun 178 5/7/1989 Westminster Trade
Cam Wright G 5-Jun 205 1/1/1992 Pittsburgh Open Tryouts
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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