SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors announced today that the team has acquired guard Jabari Brown as a returning rights player. Brown will wear #55 for the Warriors.
The Bay Area native played most recently with Jiangsu Nangang of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 25.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in four games this season.
Originally acquired on March 2, 2017 in a three-team trade with the Los Angeles D-Fenders and the Northern Arizona Suns, Brown (6’4, 215) helped Santa Cruz to a 9-0 record to end the 2016-17 regular season with averages of 22.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 27.0 minutes. In the 2017 NBA G League Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Blue, Brown averaged 30.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists to become the top scorer in the 2017 Playoffs and in Santa Cruz Warriors postseason history (min. 100 minutes played).
“Jabari Brown has proven throughout his four-year professional career that he is a versatile and talented scorer who makes those around him better,” said Santa Cruz Warriors General Manager Kent Lacob. “We’re excited to welcome him back to the Santa Cruz Warriors as we battle for a position in the 2018 NBA G League Playoffs.”
An East Bay native, Brown transferred to Oakland High School for his junior and senior seasons, where he averaged 23.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. In two collegiate seasons at the University of Missouri, he led the SEC in scoring as a junior with a 19.9 point average and was named to the 2013-14 All-SEC First Team.
The Santa Cruz Warriors roster currently stands at 12 players. Below and attached is an updated roster sheet.
|25||Chris Boucher||F||6-10||200||1/11/1993||Oregon||Two-Way Contract|
|55||Jabari Brown||G||6-4||215||12/18/1992||Missouri||Returning Player|
|12||Quinn Cook||G||6-2||179||3/23/1993||Duke||Two-Way Contract|
|22||Michael Gbinije||G||6-7||200||6/5/1992||Syracuse||Affiliate Rule|
|9||Avry Holmes||G||6-2||195||2/20/1994||Clemson||2017 NBA G League Draft|
|15||Damian Jones||C||7-0||245||6/30/1995||Vanderbilt||Assignment from Golden State|
|6||Terrence Jones||F||6-9||252||1/9/1992||Kentucky||In-Season Waiver Wire|
|3||Damion Lee||G||6-6||210||10/21/1992||Louisville||Returning Player|
|1||Winston Shepard||F||6-8||209||9/22/1993||San Diego State||Trade|
|32||Trevor Thompson||C||7-0||250||6/12/1994||Ohio State||Affiliate Rule|
|33||CJ Wilcox||G||6-5||195||12/30/1990||Washington||Assignment from Portland|
|21||Najeal Young||F||6-6||215||2/27/1994||Texas-Wesleyan||2017 NBA G League Draft|