Swarm Announce Opening Night Roster And Basketball Operations Additions

By Justin Trujillo | November 4, 2021

The Greensboro Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, announced today the Opening Night roster for the 2021-22 season. The organization tips its 5th Anniversary season, presented by Blue Ridge Companies, on Friday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex against the Birmingham Squadron (New Orleans Pelicans affiliate).

Greensboro currently has two assignment players from the Hornets, Vernon Carey Jr. and JT Thor, as a part of the 14-man roster.

Two-way players entering the season are Arnoldas Kulboka and Scottie Lewis. Kulboka was selected by the Hornets in the second round (No. 55 overall) in the 2018 NBA Draft while Lewis was taken in the second round (No. 56) in 2021.

D.J. Carton, Jalen Crutcher and Cameron McGriff are the three affiliate players represented. Xavier Sneed is the lone returner from the Swarm’s 2021 NBA G League Single-Site roster. Four Greensboro 2021-22 NBA G League Draft picks are also included – LiAngelo Ball, Chudier Bile, Ikenna Ndugba and Tyree White.

Additionally, two tryout players (Danny Pippen, Mitchell Wilbekin) are featured.

The Opening Night roster is below.

1 Danny Pippen F 6-9 220 11/12/97 Kent State/USA Tryout
2 D.J. Carton G 6-3 200 08/05/00 Marquette/USA Affiliate
3 LiAngelo Ball F 6-6 220 11/24/98 Vytautas Prienu (Lithuania)/USA Draft
4 Jalen Crutcher G 6-2 175 07/18/99 Dayton/USA Affiliate
6 Chudier Bile F 6-6 195 07/07/98 Georgetown/USA Draft
7 Tyree White F 6-8 190 01/12/97 Louisiana-Monroe/USA Draft
8 Cameron McGriff F 6-7 220 09/30/97 Oklahoma State/USA Affiliate
9 Ikenna Ndugba G 6-0 185 06/11/98 Elon/USA Draft
10 Mitchell Wilbekin G 6-1 175 11/25/94 Golden Eagle Ylli (Kosovo)/USA Tryout
16 Scottie Lewis G 6-5 185 03/12/00 Florida/USA Two-Way
20 Xavier Sneed F 6-6 215 12/21/97 Kansas State/USA Returning Rights
21 JT Thor F 6-10 205 08/26/02 Auburn/USA Assignment
22 Vernon Carey Jr. C 6-9 260 02/25/01 Duke/USA Assignment
98 Arnoldas Kulboka F 6-10 225 01/04/98 Bilbao Basket (Spain)/Lithuania Two-Way

Additionally, Cam Twiss returns to his post at the General Manager. The other additions to the basketball operations staffing, includes Taja Edwards as the Manager of Basketball Operations and Player Development, Stan Delva as the Head Athletic Trainer, Adam Hoffman as the Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kris Quintana as the Video Coordinator and Player Development Coach and Max Clevens as the Basketball Operations Coordinator. Drew Seifert and Cole Teal join the Swarm as Basketball Operations Assistants.

The entire Swarm coaching and basketball operations staff is below.

General Manager Cam Twiss
Head Coach Jordan Surenkamp
Assistant Coach Donyell Marshall
Assistant Coach Ben Resner
Assistant Coach Collin Terry
Video Coordinator &

Player Development Coach

Kris Quintana
Manager of Basketball Operations &

Player Development

Taja Edwards
Basketball Operations Coordinator Max Clevens
Basketball Operations Assistant Drew Seifert
Basketball Operations Assistant Cole Teal
Strength & Conditioning Coach Adam Hoffman
Head Athletic Trainer Stan Delva