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Santa Cruz Warriors ready to start training camp

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 6th, 2013

New season, new coach, same goal.

The Santa Cruz Warriors showcased their 2013 roster, with just four returning players, Wednesday on media day at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

First-year head coach Casey Hill will be leading the Warriors into a new era, which begins tomorrow with the first day of training camp.

Its overdue, Hill said. Its been like an itch that I cant scratch. Tomorrow is going to be great.

Hill, an assistant coach last season, stepped into the position after last years head coach Nate Bjorkgren moved in to the Iowa energy.

While he wants to continue the success that Bjorkgren had, he has already made some big changes and moves.

In the past week the Warriors created their own version of the splash brothers by picking up Seth Curry, brother of Golden States Steph Curry, and trading for Mychel Thompson, brother of Klay Thompson.

Curry said he hasnt read that much into it.

I think its kind of funny, Curry said. I hope we can knock down some threes like the splash brothers 1.0

Curry was first picked up by the Golden State Warriors after going undrafted coming out of Duke. He appeared in six preseason games for Golden State and saw limited time.

The 6-foot-2 point guard said he gained great experience from being around his brother and the other guards in the preseason.

It helped me get into that NBA rhythm, Curry said. Im going to try and carry that over to Santa Cruz.

Curry explained that he is more than just a 3-point shooter, though he can no doubt knock down the triple, and that he understands he needs to be a leader on this youthful Warriors team.

I need to be a leader on the court, Curry said. A coach on the floor. As a point guard thats something you need to for you team to be good.

Santa Cruz also snagged Dewayne Dedmon and Joe Alexander by way of the affiliate rule.

Dedmon and Alexander both were with Golden State for the preseason.

Dedmon, a 7-foot, 255-pound center, played in five preseason games, and Alexander, a 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound forward, was unable to play because of a stress fracture in his left leg.

The Warriors were also apart of a multi-team trade that brought former Ohio State University standout William Buford to the beaches of Santa Cruz.

Hes a guy that has always intrigued me, Hill said. Hes always been consistent. When you see that kind of consistency at a high level then hes doing something right.

The Warriors parted ways with the rights to Jeremy Tyler, this years first round pick (15th overall) Scott Suggs and third round pick in this years draft (38th overall) Shane Gibson.

They also sent Jeremy Atkinsons right to the Texas Legends.

Buford, a Toledo, Ohio native, was drafted 11th overall by the Energy in this years draft.

After the leaving Ohio State in 2012, where he averaged 13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds ad 2.5 assists per game in his four years, the 6-foot-5 guard spent time overseas with Obradoiro CAB of Spains ACB league.

But not all is new for the Warriors.

Cam Jones leads a class of four returners from last year that hope to make some noise, and finish off unfinished business.

I just want scouts to notice me and play at the best of my abilities, Jones said. I just want to win, we came short last year. I want to get there again and actually win it this year. Goal is a championship.

Jones spent time with Golden States summer league team and helped them to an NBA summer league championship. He was cut by Golden State after their training camp and decided to come back this season because of the management and coaching staff with the Warriors.

The most improved player a year ago, the 6-foot-4 guard said believes hes even better after spending time in the NBA summer league and training camp.

It was the best thing Ive ever done for my career, Jones said. I got to play with one of the most talented guard group in the NBA. I got a lot of good experience, and I know now what I need to do to make it at that level.

Taylor Griffin, Mo Baker and Dan Nwaelele all return from last season.

Yet, even though the Warriors have made changes the goal still stays the same: help these players make it into the NBA.

Im going to challenge all of these players, Hill said. Im going to try and tip the scale and get these players where I think they belong.

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