Catching up on the newest happenings with the Canton Charge players, new faces have been added and some familiar faces have returned. Plus, some off the court activities to spread some holiday happiness.
CHARGE ADD GUARD MANNY HARRIS (Posted December 28, 2011)
HARRIS SPENT THE 2010-2011 SEASON WITH THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
The Canton Charge announced that guard Manny Harris (6-5, 185, Michigan) has been added to the roster by the NBA Development League’s player affiliate rule. The rule allows D-League teams to acquire up to three players that were waived from their affiliate’s NBA training camp that do not otherwise have their rights held by another team. Harris spent the 2010-2011 season as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and was waived on December 22nd, 2011. The Charge have also waived forward Jonathan Blake.
“We are excited Manny is joining our team in Canton,” said Charge General Manager Wes Wilcox. “This is the most recent example of the unique synergy between the Cavaliers and Canton. Manny is a talented young player with NBA and Cavaliers experience. We look forward to his impact with the Charge while continuing his development as he nears his return to the court following his recent injury.”
Harris, 22, played in 54 games (15 starts) averaging 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 steals in 17.3 minutes per game in his lone season with the Cavaliers. In three seasons at the University of Michigan, Harris played in 98 games and averaged 17.0 points on .406 shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 34.0 minutes per game. He was a three-year letterman and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection his sophomore year.
Blake played in eleven games with Canton this season (seven starts), averaging 7.1 points on .492 shooting, 3.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.4 steal in 20.6 minutes per game.
KEITH MCLEOD REJOINS CHARGE (posted December 27, 2011)
GUARD RETURNS AFTER STINT IN TRAINING CAMP WITH UTAH JAZZ
The Canton Charge announced that guard Keith McLeod has returned to the roster after spending time in training camp with the Utah Jazz. McLeod had been with the Jazz since they opened camp on December 9th and was waived on December 21st. The Charge have also waived guard Harry Marshall.
“We are happy to have Keith back in Canton,” said General Manger Wes Wilcox. “His work ethic, leadership and skills are all valuable assets for the Charge and we look forward to seeing him back on the court playing in front of his hometown crowd.”
Before joining the Jazz in training camp, McLeod was second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 points to go along with his then team-leading 4.8 assists per game.
Marshall played in six games with Canton this season, averaging 5.5 points on .387 shooting, 1.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal in 19.0 minutes per game.
CANTON CHARGE READ TO ACHIEVE HOLIDAY PARTY (posted December 21, 2011)
Members of the Canton Charge recently invited kids to the Edgewood Community Center for a “Read To Achieve” holiday party. The book of the day was Dr. Seuss’s classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
Following the book reading, the players and kids sat down to watch the movie. On hand for the Charge was players Jonathan Blake, T. J. Campbell and Travis Franklin. A fun time was had by all.
TYRELL BIGGS RETURNS TO CHARGE (posted December 20, 2011)
BIGGS WILL REJOIN TEAM AFTER STINT IN CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ TRAINING CAMP
The Canton Charge announced that forward Tyrell Biggs will return to the roster after a stint in Cleveland Cavaliers’ training camp. Biggs had been with the Cavaliers since they opened camp on December 9th and was waived on December 18th. The Charge have also waived forward Marcus Relphorde.
“Tyrell really worked hard during his time with the Cavaliers and was able to gain valuable NBA experience,” said Charge General Manager Wes Wilcox. “We are excited to have him back in Canton and look forward to seeing that experience translate with the Charge.”
Prior to joining Cavaliers’ training camp, Biggs ranked eighth in the D-League in scoring, averaging 21.3 points on .531 shooting to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.
Relphorde played in nine games with Canton this season (six starts), averaging 11.7 points on .432 shooting, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 27.8 minutes per game.
CANTON CHARGE VISITS AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL(posted December 19, 2011)
The entire Canton Charge team recently paid a pre-holiday visit to spread some holiday cheer to young children who are patients at the Akron Children’s Hospital.
The visit is part of the NBA Development League’s “Season of Giving” program where members of the team go out into the community and donate their time to help in local causes.
Going from room to room, players spent time talking to the young patients and signing autographs.
CANTON CHARGE ANNOUNCE PLAYER TRANSACTIONS (posted December 16, 2011)
CHARGE SIGN TRENT STRICKLAND TO CONTRACT AND WAIVE TYRONE KENT
The Canton Charge have signed guard/forward Trent Strickland (6-5, 216, Wake Forest) to a contract and have waived guard/forward Tyrone Kent, General Manager Wes Wilcox announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Strickland, 27, spent the last two seasons playing for the Antwerp Giants of the Belgian League. During the 2010-11 season, he played in 15 games and averaged 7.5 points on .440 shooting, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 22.3 minutes per game. In 2009-10 with Antwerp, he played in 15 games and averaged 22.6 minutes, 9.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.3 steals.
Prior to joining Antwerp, Strickland spent two seasons with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League. During the 2008-09 season, he played in 50 games, all starts, averaging 17.5 points on .446 shooting, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal in 31.1 minutes per game. During the 2007-08 season, Strickland played in 47 games (29 starts) for the Vipers, averaging 12.9 points on .431 shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.7 steals in 26.1 minutes per game. In 2006-07, he also played in nine games for Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca of the Argentinian League, averaging 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game and 2.2 steals.
Prior to his professional career, Strickland played college basketball at Wake Forest University. He played in 126 games for the Demon Deacons (2002-06) and in his senior season, played in 33 games (31 starts), averaging 11.6 points on .482 shooting, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.7 steals in 32.3 minutes per game. Strickland was a four-year letterman at Wake Forest.
The 6-5, 210 pound Tyrone Kent appeared in seven games for the Charge this season, averaging 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists. Kent was originally drafted by Canton in the fifth round (78th overall) of the 2011 NBA Development League Draft.
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