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Friday, November 9, 2012

Breaking Down D-League Rosters Pt. 3 : Canton Charge

This past Friday marked the 2012 D-League draft while each team also released their training camp rosters a few days earlier.  Teams can currently carry 17 players on their training camp rosters.  That number will be whittled down to 10 by November 21st at 5pm eastern time.  There were a bevy of trades on Monday which lead to today's current rosters.  In part three of this series I'll be taking a look at this year's Canton Charge.

Canton finished last season by beating Sprinfield in the first round of the playoffs before being eliminated by the eventual champion Austin Toros.  The Cleveland Cavaliers are their sole affiliate and the team will be led by 4 players who part of the Cavs training camp roster this season.  Kevin Anderson is a point guard from Richmond who went undrafted in 2011 and spent his rookie season with Strasbourg in France.  There he averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 assists & 3.0 rebounds per game.  Anderson was the A-10 conference player of the year in 2010 and named Most Outstanding Players of the 2011 A-10 tournament.  Kevin Jones is a rookie power forward out of West Virginia who showed drastic improvement last season.  He averaged a team high 19.9 points & 10.9 rebounds on his way to earning a 1st team All-Big East selection as well as a 2nd team All American nod.  Nigerian rookie center Micheal Eric begins his first season after four years at Temple.  His playing time gradually increased each season and he in turn showed increased production culminating in averages of 9.0 pts & 8.8 rebs last year.  Last, but not least, is the Charge's first round pick from this year's draft, Cleveland State guard D'Aundray Brown.  He is known best for his defensive prowess as evident by his selection to the Horizon League All-Defensive team in 2 of the last 3 seasons.

Kevin Anderson with Strasbourg last year
Kyle Gibson, a guard 2 years removed from Louisiana Tech, is the sole hold over from last year's squad.  He started 28 of the team's 44 games and came up big in the playoffs where he nearly doubled his season scoring average to 18.8 pts per game in the playoffs.  Canton gave up a 3rd round pick in this year's draft to the Mad Ants for 2nd year guard Thomas Baudinet.  He split last season between Fort Wayne & Iowa and put up solid numbers in a reserve role.  He averaged 22.1 pts per game his senior season for division two Saint Anselm and is a threat from beyond the arc.  Canton also picked up two other players via trade who both have been injury plagued.  Former Big East rivals Arinze Onuaku, of Syracuse, and Alex Ruoff, of Marquette, were acquired from Reno for Dar Tucker.  Onuaku played just 5 games as a rookie in 2010 with Rio Grande Valley and then just 6 last season with Lithuanian club Neptunas.  Ruoff has spent the entirety of his professional career in Belgium.  He played in just 12 games last year and missed the entire 2010-11 season abroad.  He looks to revitalize his career after Reno made him a 2nd round pick in this year's draft.

Arinze Onuaku looks to jumpstart his career
Canton had 2 second round picks in the draft to play with and spent the first on former Siena standout Ryan Rossiter.  After going undrafted in 2011, Rossiter signed with 2nd division French team Denain.  There he averaged 13.8 points & 9.6 rebounds per game.  Their second pick of the round was spent on Cal point guard Jorge Gutierrez.  He was honored as both Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Pac-12 Player of the Year in his 2011-12 senior season.  He played summer league with the Nuggets before attending training camp with Serbian powerhouse Partizan.  He then played 10 games with Pioneros in Mexico before declaring himself for the D-League draft.

Cal point guard Jorge Gutierrez
In round 3, Canton selected J.P. Primm, a rookie point guard from UNC-Asheville.  Primm averaged more than 15 points per game as a senior and was selected as the Big South Tournament MVP.  He tried out for French team Nanterre before signing on with Ukrainian club BC Kyiv for 9 games of limited playing time.  5th round choice Omari Johnson played 4 years at Oregon State and joins the team after a season in Canada with the Oshawa Power.  There Johnson was an all-star and named 2nd Team All-NBL.  Former Northern Iowa center Jordan Eglseder was selected in the 7th round.  Eglseder's 2010 college squad knocked of top seed Kansas in the NCAA tournament before being ousted in the Sweet 16.  He spent 3 games with the Red Claws his rookie year before being waived due to injury.  Last season he spent time in both Poland & Slovakia but didn't actually see any live game action.  Canton trade both its 6th & 8th round picks to acquire former USC shooting guard Marcus Simmons.  He spent his rookie season in Japan with Yokohama BC and averaged 9.1 points in 20.3 minutes per in his 54 games.

The 7-footer, Jordan Eglseder
The Charge also brought in two tryout players, Titus Robinson & Jonathan Moore.  Robinson is a rookie small forward who spent 4 years at the University of Buffalo where he played mostly in a reserve role.  Moore is a Cleveland native who won the NJCAA division two national championship with Monroe CC as a freshman in 2007.  He transferred to Stony Brook for his junior year where he played sparingly and has not played basketball professionally after graduating in 2010.

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